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  • Link belt Mower Deck

    Is a link belt a good/bad idea for a mower deck?

  • #2
    Link Belt

    The link belt probably can't hold up to that kind of rough service. If you need extra flexibility you might think about a V belt with notches on the inside.

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    • #3
      Link-Belt is in the business of manufacturing heavier equipment, cranes , etc. I wasn't aware of a mower deck. My experience is that there equipment is top of the line and first class.
      I don't think you can go wrong with Link-belt equipment, it will probably last a lifetime.

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      • #4
        Toolguy may be more educated or experienced on this subject than I, however if you look at Fenner Drive's web site http://www.fennerdrives.com/high_per...FQSxnQodbEwj9g you will find more specific information. Apparently these belts are used on some pretty heavy stuff. They even advertise they replace "Any Belt Any Time".

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        • #5
          If your'e talking about the "Link-Belt" that we use on power tools/machines, no, don't use that, it will not stand up to the strain , reverse bends, dirt, crap etc.
          Buy the industrial belt they sell for that application, here the brand is "Gates" and the belts are a green colour. Good belts.

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          • #6
            The backside would be hell on the idler pulleys, or vice versa.

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            • #7
              Tried it..

              Bad idea, Belt soon got destroyed. Seemed like a good idea but was not.Regards David Powell.

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              • #8
                Forgot to mention those belts have a unmarked rotation to run.
                The inside "Tabs" must be able to fold down around inside corners.

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                • #9
                  In reality, those are "emergency" or low stress application belts only, so you need to use a bit of common sense when installing them. They might last forever, or they might last 5 minutes. If the belt on your mower or lathe breaks, no biggie. You arent stuck anywhere and likely havent destroyed anything. If you install one on a vehicle, it breaks and does damage, youre stuck going for a walk, paying an expensive bill, and if the dealer sees it you will lose your warranty on a new vehicle.

                  The military has had them for 30+ years now as a "one size fits all" emergency belt for vehicles. I installed and later deinstalled a few hundred of them when I was still enlisted.
                  "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow."

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                  • #10
                    Fenner

                    FYI. I called Fenner and the tech said, emphatically, "no"....not recommended for that. Thanks for all the replies!

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