i just purchased my first press from a wonderful 90 yr. old man. it needs a belt for a c&p 8×12, any suggestions? thanks in advance for your time. i am working on the plan to bring the press home in the next couple of weeks.
You could make one yourself with supplies from McMaster-Carrbelting (sold in one foot lengths):http://www.mcmaster.com/#5753K424lacinghttp://www.mcmaster.com/#6118K14The width of the belting depends on your motor. Lacing just hammers onto the belt. It is a lot easier than one would think. To start with, I measure the length around the flywheel and motor (usually using the belting itself) and cut. Then I apply the lacing to both ends of the belt and try it out on the press. If it is too long I cut off little by little from one end and re-lace it as many times as necessary in order to get the right tension.I have a 12×18 C&P that doesn’t have the original motor. So a pre-made belt would not have worked for me. It is a bit of trial end error this way but I think that it is worth it (and cheaper!) to do it yourself. Get at least an extra length of belting just in case you over cut!