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I was resawing away when my bandsaw just slowed down to a stop. I shut it down, unplugged it and opened the doors. It's a 10" Rikon, nice little saw, for the stuff that I do. When I get a real shop, I will upgrade to a larger capacity saw.

The OEM drive belt has seen better days. I went online and ordered two replacement drive belts, (aftermarket). The original belts have served me well but they did not drive as it should. I adjusted the tension from time to time. Hopefully I will be back in the GROOVE again soon.

The new belts look to be rubber. I will update when I get them on how they look and perform. They were actually more expensive than the original belts.

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Years ago I replaced the belt on my old contractor table saw with a "link belt" that I purchased at a woodworking show. I've never looked back - runs a lot smoother. Not sure if you've considered this but here's a link to Lee Valley's version:

Link Belt for Power Tools - Lee Valley Tools
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I have replaced all of my V belts with link belt. You are right, they are great. However this is not a single V belt.
Thanks Vince! The link belt is like not even knowing you have a belt, great product!
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You may never want to get rid of your Rikon 10 inch bandsaw even when you upgrade. I have a Rikon 10 inch bandsaw and love it. I bought a Rikon 14 inch bandsaw and I could not part with the 10 inch Rikon so I have both. I resaw with the 14 inch using a 1/2 inch blade. I keep a small blade on the little Rikon 10 inch. It just seems easier to have both and the 10 Rikon does not take up much room in my small shop.
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Years ago I replaced the belt on my old contractor table saw with a "link belt" that I purchased at a woodworking show. I've never looked back - runs a lot smoother. Not sure if you've considered this but here's a link to Lee Valley's version:

Link Belt for Power Tools - Lee Valley Tools
if you had vibration before the linkbelt but not after you have issues that the linkbelt is masking...
in the long, masking may turn out to be a very poor plan...

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I have replaced all of my V belts with link belt. You are right, they are great. However this is not a single V belt.
Thanks Vince! The link belt is like not even knowing you have a belt, great product!
when you change multiple belts change them as matched sets...
getting belts from the same lot # constitutes matched sets...
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You may never want to get rid of your Rikon 10 inch bandsaw even when you upgrade. I have a Rikon 10 inch bandsaw and love it. I bought a Rikon 14 inch bandsaw and I could not part with the 10 inch Rikon so I have both. I resaw with the 14 inch using a 1/2 inch blade. I keep a small blade on the little Rikon 10 inch. It just seems easier to have both and the 10 Rikon does not take up much room in my small shop.
premium thinking...

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I don't plan on getting rid of my little saw. It is a trooper!
I have always bought what I needed in lot#. It just happened that way.
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I keep a 10 inch with a small blade around as well. Much more convenient than changing blades on the 14 inch saw all the time. I mostly keep a half inch 4 tpi blade on the 14 inch saw. Good suggestions on the belt. Just checked and no noticeable vibrations on either saw, thanks Stick, worth checking from time to time.

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I just received my new drive belt, a day early! I have not installed it yet, work tonight.
It fits perfectly into the 4 drive grooves, and is the same length as the OEM belt.
It looks to be of the same material as any V groove belt. It should perform well.
Once installed, I will give it a test run and report back. So far I am pleased!

Also, I am not associated with this company in any way. I went online, put in my
saw description, and they came up. I read the description of the belt and ordered
two belts, end of story.

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