Transmission belt made from tires on woodgas small engine

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Great picture. Lovely setup.

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hello woodgas friends, here our first charcoal gasifier stationary unit with 5 hp briggs engine .we use it for a little treshing engine and for the band-saw, self built, you see in the background…
old engines have often the transmission wheels for flat leather belts, this leather belts are difficult to find nowadays and when you can find new ones they are very expensive, the old ones are often hard and breaks, further the tend easily to slip if you dont use the transmission wax.
so people when using historic engines for work they often change the belt wheels to wedge-shaped belt wheels.
we have had the idea to make the belts from tractor tires and also from car tires and it works really well and dont slip…
how they are to make: first you must try with a magnete for example if inside the tire has steel wire or not … with steel you cannot cut -tractor tires has not often steel inside, car tires often…
the cutting work must be made with a very sharp knife , a second person must keep open the split and give always water where the knife cuts. in other way there is too much friction of the rubber and cutting is nearly impossible…also a good system for self -sufficienters recycling fans, and i would say they lost nearly eternal, my first has now more than twenty years and the tire was just old when i made it…

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This is very good information. We have a special thread for things like this, Tools, Tips and Tricks.
Rindert

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That’s interesting Giorgio. I am guessing you are taking about the small belt powering the thresher. How was the long belt made?

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A picture is worth a thousand words. I like that. When I used to install conveyor systems I must have thrown thousands of feet of old conveyor belt into dumpsters. To stupid to have saved any, but it looked just like that.

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hello tom, the long belt is made in the same way than the shorter one , the short one is made from a car tire, the long one is from a tractor back wheel tire, this gives relative long belts.
if the needed lenght is not enough, you can make together the pieces from two or more tires with a selfmade hinge how you can see at the photo, the screws need of course on the inner part - where the belt runs- a flathead… the belt on the foto is made from 3 tractor tires and is about 10 meters long - opened. the belts are relatively heavy and make a good belt tension by their own weight. the belt wheels must stand in exact line, also horizontal, otherwise the belt runs easily down from the wheel…

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hello rindert, thanks for the tip of the link…i wonder if there in the forum is also a foto-gallery? this would be very helpfull for searching,

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