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Link Belt vs V Belt

What are the real pros and cons? Thanks in advance
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On average, a link belt it is an improvement over a cheap stock v-belt. They reduce the vibration issues of a thumping v-belt that has a set or a zig in it. However, link belts are not always an improvement over stock belts in every way....the link belts are less aerodynamic and make more wind noise than a serpentine or v-belt (but the lack of high speed thumping makes them sound quieter than a bad belt), plus not all v-belts have vibration issues so the difference with a link belt can be barely noticeable if that's the case. A ribbed serpentine belt has more efficient power transfer than either a link belt or a single v-belt...there's more belt surface area contacting the pulley, so there's less slippage. It's worth noting that there are some really good grades of cogged v-belts that don't usually come stock on wwing machines.
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If you are in the need for a new belt, the link belts are nice for the reasons mentioned above, cuts down on vibrations, no flat spots from sitting. I put one recently on a 30 year old Delta contractors saw and it was a noticeable improvement. If your machine is fairly new and running fine, you probably won't notice a difference.
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