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Leather fan belt

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Donald R. Luis
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Is anyone making or shorting leather fan belts now. John Knox is out of business, TOO BAD, sorry to see a nice guy like him gone.

Don Luis

Posted : August 3, 2022 4:34 pm
David Miller
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I had one made with the alligator clips on the end by Hudson Belting.  They were helpful at picking the correct weight belt.

Posted : August 4, 2022 9:51 pm
Donald R. Luis
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Thank you,

I saw Hudson's add while searching, I will contact them. 

Posted : August 5, 2022 3:18 pm
Paul Gockel
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I made three new leather fan belts for my 1913 Reo. I was fortunate to have a roll of vintage 2" industrial belting leather given to me some years ago by a man who had started work in a belt-driven tool shop. When the shop went to independent powered machines, he snagged the roll of leather then gave it to me. With a strap cutter I cut them down to 7/8" width. Industrial belting leather is nearly impossible to find today. Leather belts for garments will not work as they stretch terribly. The belts I made have glued and stitched, scarphed ends, using 5-inch scarphs. Clipper lacing is not recommended as it can mar your pulleys. I hope you find this interesting. Paul Gockel

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Posted : October 19, 2022 12:51 am
Doug Walters
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I agree about not using alligator clips. Find an Amish harness shop. They know what part of the hide to use that won't stretch. 

Posted : January 18, 2023 2:39 am