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Old 09-05-2018, 09:52:02 AM
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Just curious as to how to take proper care of belting. When not in use should it be coiled up or rolled out flat? Should anything be put on to help preserve it? Thanks
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Roll it up. If it has a hinged splice start by folding it there and you should have a 3-5"hole in the middle depending on the belt.Tie the outer end down with some twine. Store it where mice cant get to it and the drier the better especially if it is leather.
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Leather should ideally be rubbed down with Neat's foot oil (available at most farm stores) to keep it from drying out too badly. As for the canvas-style belting, I personally think the best thing is to simply use it periodically to prevent it from becoming too stiff. You may even consider running it for 5-10 minutes on both sides so it doesn't take on a permanent bend only in one direction.

As DieselAddicted mentioned, keeping them rolled up is preferred. Most all of the threshing machines had a reel somewhere for rolling up and storing the main drive belt. I have several corn grinders and I roll the belts up and store them inside the hopper so they don't get lost (also make sure all the corn is GONE before storing the machine).
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Any ideas on what to use on a canvas belt that has gone way to stiff to run?
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Good question...I'm curious myself. Is it the "pure" tan canvas, or a black rubber belt with a fabric covering? I'm wondering If some form of rubber conditioner would work, but unsure of how $$$ it would be?
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I have the tan canvas belt. It's only about three inches wide and maybe only12 feet long (can't tell for sure, to stiff to unroll). It's not worth much, but would be a shame to junk it if it can be salvaged.
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