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09-03-2009, 03:35 PM
I'm looking for a substitute so that I don't have to drive into town. Any suggestions?


Paul Pless
09-03-2009, 03:38 PM
tighten the belt :rolleyes:

09-03-2009, 03:44 PM
not an option.


09-03-2009, 03:48 PM
Let's see. I've got various solvents, turps, linseed oil, cylinder hone abrasives, an arts and crafts glue stick, beeswax, pine tar...


Milo Christensen
09-03-2009, 03:49 PM
Hairspray? Well, no, not yours of course. Whatshernames?

09-03-2009, 04:05 PM
Nah, she uses a foam moose stuff. But she's going to go to NAPA for me and get a spray can of the real thing.

It's the borrowed sickle bar mower. There are two parallel belts. One is completely useless and the other is slipping badly. It worked a few months ago. Then is sat in the rain for a good long while. And now I need to make hay while the sun shines.


P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-03-2009, 04:15 PM
If this is a rubber based drive belt and it's slipping then, weirdly enough, WD40 sometimes works - the partial dissolution of the rubber makes it sticky enough to transmit power.

09-03-2009, 04:30 PM

Irish spring if you have any.

09-03-2009, 04:35 PM
If borrowed from a wooden boat person, try turps and a dash o' pine tar -- it may not work any better but will smell very yare...

09-03-2009, 04:35 PM
Not the Dreaded Irish Amulet!

(I knew a guy who would wear a bar on a string around his neck to St.Patrick's day parties. Jeeeezz that stuff stinks.)


09-03-2009, 04:36 PM
Thorn, he's a landlubber Dutchman. The kind that gives Dutchmen a bad name. But it's normally a good mower.


John of Phoenix
09-03-2009, 04:48 PM
We used to use liquid dishwashing soap to swell rubber seals on rotor blade hubs.

Ron Williamson
09-03-2009, 05:36 PM
I'd use the pine tar,maybe cut a bit with a hot solvent like likker thinner or naptha so it's easier to apply but would dry and sticken up at a decent rate.

09-03-2009, 06:48 PM
The old farm solution is molasses.

John of Phoenix
09-03-2009, 06:53 PM
The old farm solution is molasses.
Old farm... old farm... too bad there isn't an Amish web site.

09-03-2009, 06:59 PM
liquid soap ... bar soap ... tranny fluid ... Amor all

Captain Blight
09-03-2009, 08:42 PM
Old farm... old farm... too bad there isn't an Amish web site.I've often wondered: Do the Amish even get modern diseases? Or are they limited to things like gout and dropsy and the marthambles and the other Shakespearean ailments?

09-03-2009, 09:03 PM
Might be a case of mismatched belts/pulleys. There are a couple of designs of pulleys, A & B, I think, and they both need the correct belt to not slip, or, not wear excessively. Correct length on both, but one is a mismatch, could cause this problem also.


09-04-2009, 07:10 AM
clean up the pulley thingy

i have seen some use motor oil , but mostly on leather drive belts , not sure how or why it works , probably abrasive

Captain Blight
09-04-2009, 07:14 AM
We used to use liquid dishwashing soap to swell rubber seals on rotor blade hubs.
I'm kind of curious about this: How well did it work, how long did the effect last, did it shorten seal life and do you think it would work on propshaft packing?

09-04-2009, 07:29 AM
Urine is natures WD-40. Pretty close really.;)

09-04-2009, 08:30 AM
Olive oil, red wine vinegar, crushed basil, oregano, salt, black pepper, a pinch of dry mustard, thyme, and just a tetch of brown sugar.... But it's better on a salad..... Belts are kinda tough.

09-04-2009, 03:42 PM
NAPA Belt Dressing worked great. It's main ingredient seems to be asphalt, plus enough solvents to let it spray out of a can. It gave the machinery a good solid grip on the belt, which is now more a short rope than a belt.


Jim Ledger
09-04-2009, 03:54 PM
Is it just me?:confused:

Get your ass into town and buy a new pair of matched belts for the machine somebody was good enough to lend you. :rolleyes:

09-04-2009, 04:12 PM
NAPA will have a fresh pair in for me tomorrow morning. I'm already on it.


Jim Ledger
09-04-2009, 04:18 PM
Get a spare pair.