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:

1/6/2020 2:15:33 PM

Yup the above diagram is exactly how you do it. I just get a leather punch and go to the store and buy some leather bootlaces. This is the way I do all my belts and they work just fine. Flat belts don't run very tight anyway Unless it is for a lathe, and if you wet the boot lace before installation it'll tighten up slightly But I've never really had to do that. His method works well on leather belting or canvas cargo straps as well.

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


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