How to Lace a Flat Belt

| 11/30/2009 9:57:32 AM

Need in-depth information on belt repair? Check out two takes on lacing belts from Farm Collector columnists James Boblenz and Sam Moore.

How to Repair a Long Flat Belt
by James N. Boblenz

This summer while at a show, I saw a drivebelt from a tractor to a separator break. What a sight!

  How to lace a flat belt back together
A diagram by James N. Boblenz that shows how the flat belt
should look after properly lacing it.

But that got me to thinking. How did the old timers repair a long, flat belt? They probably did not have a convenient repair kit. Then I remembered a belt my grandfather had that was neatly sewed together using a leather shoelace, or what looked to be a shoelace. I never thought to ask him how he had made the repair.

Regardless, my curiosity piqued, I started a search through old literature to find an answer. Finally, in a Huber Machinery Museum newsletter, I found a reference to lacing belts. That article referred to an article by Lester F. Pierce, Stanberry, Mo., published in the May 1993 issue of Engineers and Engines. Here is the article:

Dan O'Connor_2
8/24/2010 8:00:30 AM

Very help full Article, i operate a Buzz saw with a Flat belt off my Farmall Super A and need to make a new belt seam. Thank You, DanO