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  • Source for flat belts

    My new-to-me 1950 South Bend 9A needed a replacement flat belt. I called Baltimore Belting Co., a real person answered, and I explained what I needed. They suggested that leather is expensive and quoted $19 (far less than I expected - I know one source that offers these at $40). They then recommended "transmission belting", which is made of rubber-impregnated cotton. "We'll make it today (that was Tuesday) and you'll have it Thursday."

    Belt arrived today, its on the lathe, and appears to be perfectly satisfactory. It came clearly labeled for pulley side and direction, tracks fine, and the friction is comparable to leather.

    I'm not in any way affiliated with the company, but I think they are a great source and recommend them to anyone needing flat belting.

    Baltimore Belting Co.
    766 E 25th St
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    410 338 1230

  • #2
    Thanks for the tip. The flat leather blet on my 1943 Logan is starting to stretch and slip and will have to be replaced---one of these days.


    • #3

      is this a continuous belt, or is it connected at the ends in some fashion?

      andy b.
      The danger is not that computers will come to think like men - but that men will come to think like computers. - some guy on another forum not dedicated to machining


      • #4

        It's connected with the standard metal loop fasteners, with a plastic pin through the loops - I think it's called an "aligator clip" but I'm not sure that's the correct name.

        I'm still messing with this lathe a lot, and didn't want a glued (continuous) belt. The minor clicking as the clip goes over the pulleys doesn't bother me at all.


        • #5
          Toothed belts turned inside out work well also.