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    any body have a source for better than good replacement belts that are relatively close to the same price of the regulars? i just broke my last one the other day that i had gotten with the lathe. any sources who be helpful. thanks
    THE KEY TO QUALITY IS THE REDUCTION OF VARIABILITY!

  • #2
    O rings ????????????????

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    • #3
      yeah but now that the other one is broke or stretched,shoul i just get the size close to that one?
      THE KEY TO QUALITY IS THE REDUCTION OF VARIABILITY!

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      • #4
        O rings like Wolf says, if you can't find the length you need, urethane belting. buy it any length then hot knife together. great stuff
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        • #5
          ok so use o'rings price on o rings dont know , price for belt set seems to be around 7-8 bucks for two sets of the three belts plus maybe 1-2 for shipping,so if i go with o rings do i try my local ace hardware or another 5 minutes to grainger.?
          THE KEY TO QUALITY IS THE REDUCTION OF VARIABILITY!

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          • #6
            buy them were they are cheapest.

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            • #7
              but basically the orings have the same strenght as the factory replacement belts?durometer?
              THE KEY TO QUALITY IS THE REDUCTION OF VARIABILITY!

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              • #8
                Unimat SL lathe belt

                See next message.
                Last edited by Yankee1; 01-14-2008, 10:53 PM. Reason: Not enough information

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                • #9
                  Unimat SL Lathe

                  [QUOTE=Yankee1]Hi
                  Blue Ridge Machinery and Tools, Inc.
                  Has two belts listed. 130.090 part #
                  and 130.091
                  They used to cost 6.75 each but may be more now.
                  their phone is 800-872-6500
                  their address is 2905 Putnam Ave., PO Box 536, Hurricane, WV. 25526

                  On line is "www.blueridgemachinery.com"
                  E-mail is " [email protected]"

                  The last one I bought was polyurethane and looks like I may never wear it out. They should have everything for the Unimat 3 also. 130.095 small drive belt, 130.096 Large drive belt,
                  130.097 Power feed belt.
                  Chuck
                  Last edited by Yankee1; 01-14-2008, 10:51 PM.

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                  • #10
                    The original belts that came with the Unimat 3 were just plain ole' "O" rings, if you really want to spend extra dollars on the polyurathane belting, then go for it.
                    If you just want another belt to get it to work, then go for the original "O" rings, only cost a few cents compared to dollars for the other stuff.
                    Just take the busted one along with you and get another "O" ring of that same size, pretty simple when you think about it, it aint rocket science.

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                    • #11
                      You could get a little industrious as I once did and turn an o-ring into a v belt to suit the pulleys. (are those v pulleys? - mine are for the old Unimat).

                      One quick and dirty (literally) way to do it is to buy an o-ring that's a bit tight, then put it on and run at some fairly slow speed. Use an angle grinder to dress the side of the o-ring that you can reach, then put the ring on the other way and dress the other side. Presto- a vee belt.

                      It is messy, but it does work. I think that belt I made is still on the lathe.
                      I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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                      • #12
                        I keep seeing listings on eBay for Unimat belt sets. I have no idea whether they're OEM or aftermarket, or whether the prices are fair. -Pete in NJ
                        Pete in NJ

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                        • #13
                          yeah i was seeing the same belts on e-bay but i think i might take some of the advise and find some orings they'd probably be cheap compared to the others for around 10 bucks.
                          THE KEY TO QUALITY IS THE REDUCTION OF VARIABILITY!

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                          • #14
                            Have a good look at these so called Unimat belts on Fleabay, if they are BLACK, then they are genuine "O" rings. These have been bought for peanuts by the seller and then being re-sold for dollars, this is just plain ole' GREED.
                            Go buy your own "O" rings, short circuit this lot, it's cheaper.
                            The coloured belts could be polyurethane or kiddies bangles, yep, cheap little girls bangles, remember the word cheap. Polyurethane should be advertised as such.
                            Choice is yours to make.

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                            • #15
                              yeah those are ones on e-bay, and yeah somebody is making a few extra bucks. i'm going to go with finding o rings , or like you sug'd those ureth. bracelets i know just where to get'em.
                              THE KEY TO QUALITY IS THE REDUCTION OF VARIABILITY!

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