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    Don't just change the belt, check the Pulleys, how offend do you do this?

    Good read on the Browning site.

    "Can you explain why worn sheaves (v-belt pulleys) contribute to energy efficiency loss?"

    I think all of us need to read this, short read. I'm replacing a few VP pulleys now and finding out that I should have started earlier on some of them!!

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    I typically inspect the belts on PM visits. If I determine that the belt needs to be changed, ill inspect the pulley/sheave for wear as well.

    Also, if I'm replacing the motor, ill often replace the sheave and belt as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrokenHart View Post
    I typically inspect the belts on PM visits. If I determine that the belt needs to be changed, ill inspect the pulley/sheave for wear as well.

    Also, if I'm replacing the motor, ill often replace the sheave and belt as well.

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    I have seen guys go out to replace a belt that shredded and just throw a new belt on with out checking wear or alignment.

    Guess that's job security....


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    90 percent of pulleys I see are worn out, its pretty easy to find extra work because of that alone.


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    The truth is, it depends on the client.

    I have one site where I made an initial PM inspection and wrote up all 15 belts and pulleys.

    A year later, they approved half of them.

    So, if I know that the customer will act, I act. If the customer will ignore, I go on to the next unit.
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    First bit of advice:

    Don't use browning belts.

    Use Optibelts as a first choice and Gates as a second. Everyone else is a distant third.

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    Got to let them know it's cheap and will save them money in the short time and long term. We all need to let customers know, this little post on Browning site, "Can you explain why worn sheaves (v-belt pulleys) contribute to energy efficiency loss?" is a must read!!

    I'm in-house, at one location, so I don't have customers to deal with, but all the same, I do take care of hundreds of workers in one day x 5!!

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    I did not know Browning made belts!

    Gates are the only ones I use here. It's the pulleys I was posting about. And Browning's website has a good post we all should read. Browning's must read... "Can you explain why worn sheaves (v-belt pulleys) contribute to energy efficiency loss?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian8383 View Post
    First bit of advice:

    Don't use browning belts.

    Use Optibelts as a first choice and Gates as a second. Everyone else is a distant third.
    Just curious, what makes you say that?

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    timmy2734 are you talking about what Brian8383 posted?

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    Yep. Just curious what issues he's had with Browning belts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmy2734 View Post
    Just curious, what makes you say that?
    Years of experience with every brand of belt.

    Optibelts are far superior to Browning.

    We switched to Browning from Optibelts a few years ago when Johnstone gave us an amazing deal. Our boss fell for the sales pitch from the browning sales rep. They really weren't even close to the quality of Optibelts.
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    Pulley quality matters also, it seems the make up of cast iron varies alot between brands.
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