2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built Belt Tightener
"The Woods people in Oregon were no help so I made my own tightener. It consists of a 2 by 4 by 16-in. piece of white oak with a 4-in. dia. idler pulley on one end and a 1/2-in. wide slot cut down the middle. A 2 degree taper is cut on the bottom of the wood so the pulley mounts at a slight angle to match the angle of the belt. That keeps the belt from wearing. Two bolts go through the slot at the center of the tightener. To tighten the belt, you just loosen the bolts and slide the pulley into the belt.
"In the past I was using 1 belt every year. Now I get 5 years or more out of each belt, which I buy at Motion Industries (www.motionindustries.com) for about 1/3 the cost of belts from Woods.
"I think this idea would work on many other tractor mowers. I'd be willing to make these idlers for the cost of materials."
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