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As I have been upgrading my table saw set up, I have spent a good deal of time up close and personal with the saw. I notice the drive belt is getting to point of replacement before it breaks. A buddy of mine, who has less woodworking experience than I asked about the orange drive belts that seem to be notched, for lack of a better way of describing them.

So my question is: does anyone use one of these belts, what are the pros and cons of these, not sure what the cost difference would be, but I do notice the belt on now, looks like the original style, but prob not the original, makes the saw vibrate a bit at start up, until it seems to get warm, Maybe a nylon one that develops flat spots from the pulleys?

It is a Delt contractor's saw, and I am in Southern Cal, in the desert, not on the coast.

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Would a link belt work for you? A lot smoother and quieter.

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I think you are describing link belt. It makes a huge difference in the quietness and vibration of your saw. I have replaced all the belts in my shop with it. I usually buy mine on Ebay but you can buy it at most any industrial supply house locally or any of the woodworking sites.
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I don't have any experience with these, and I imagine I won't for awhile: it's specifically not recommended for my saw.

I don't know of any similar warnings for any Deltas, though. Heard good things about them.

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I have a link belt on my bandsaw! Works GREAT!

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Since this isn't a Tool Review, perhaps a mod could move it to Tools and Woodworking - Router Forums

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Done!

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HI Deb (Dep)

I will 2nd that I have on the band saw,table saws,jointer, now I keep it on hand all the time, it's a life saver when you need to do a replacement job on the older cars/trucks that still use fan belts now someones needs to come up with one for the snake belts

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Yep I am thinking of putting one on the TS as well. But the one that came with it hasn't given me any trouble so far - no vibration. So I'll wait a bit.

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Thanks for all the replies, tons of good info. I had never heard of the nickel test, when I did not understand the why of it, till some explain about the tools vibrating towards the balde as your mind says let it go and your hand wants to reach.

I went out night before last and did the nickel test, after two and a half minutes waiting for the nickel to move or fall, I quit watching the clock. I have added a lot of wieght to my Contractors saw via a mobile base with steel stringers (1 1/2X 1 1?2" X 3/16" tube steel) base cabinet, a couple of drawer set ups, dust bucket for my router, PC 7518 and Benchdog lift for the pc, as well as a fixed 11" extention to protect the moter from banging againisdt the wall, and a 35" folding extion table, doubling as my workbench.

I have had the saw about 3 1/2 yrs, never messed with the belt, and since I bought the saw used from a cabinet guy (home based business), not sure how old the belt actually is. On inspection, noticed it was starting to crack a bit, so I going to replace it with the link belt. If there is enough of a difference in vibration and noise, will probably reaplce all my belts one at a time (since the cost can add up quickly).

Thanks again for all the feedback. I have already referred a few guys here since there is so much info, feedback and participation.
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