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Chris Taylor 329/12/2021 11:00:58
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Does anyone know anything about a Turkish supplier - www.mbbilici.com ? They advertise custom built belt drive kits for most mini-mills and the photographs of the parts look very good. Most of the other suppliers do not have kits available.

Hugh Stewart-Smith 129/12/2021 12:07:05
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We hope to have belt drive conversion kits in around 6-8 weeks if you're not in a hurry.

Hugh Amadeal

Dell05/01/2022 19:42:33
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Posted by Hugh Stewart-Smith 1 on 29/12/2021 12:07:05:

We hope to have belt drive conversion kits in around 6-8 weeks if you're not in a hurry.

Hugh Amadeal

I have emailed about the belt drive conversion but had no reply

Chris Taylor 329/01/2022 19:47:32
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Postscript - I bought the kit from Murat Bilgin BİLİCİ (mbbilici@mbbilici.com) in Turkey and I’m pleased with it. It arrived within a week, it fitted well and the machining is very good quality. The only issue I had was the design of the belt cover, it is adequate but could easily be improved, which I will do. Some photos attached without the cover for clarity.

 

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Edited By Chris Taylor 3 on 29/01/2022 19:50:21

MikeK29/01/2022 21:24:10
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I have the Stirling Steele conversion kit (which I think was the original maker?) and the belt cover is a quickly-made bent piece of acrylic. Do post if you make a better one. Congrats on the belt drive, it's a wonderful upgrade.

oldvelo30/01/2022 18:53:55
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4 Rib Poly Vee conversion will out perform any Vee Belt

Chris Taylor 330/01/2022 19:30:13
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The manufacturer recommends “ polyurethane 60 degree V belt for small pulleys. Minimum flection resistance, minimum powerloss, maximum belt life. Polyurethane 60 degree V belts (Japanese brand Mitsuboshi) performs appropriate and best results for small size pulleys. Cloth-coated or rubber belts are not suitable for small pulleys.”

Nicholas Wheeler 130/01/2022 21:30:52
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Posted by oldvelo on 30/01/2022 18:53:55:

4 Rib Poly Vee conversion will out perform any Vee Belt

A 4 rib belt is hardly necessary on a mini-mill!

Peter Greene 🇨🇦30/01/2022 22:37:04
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Glad it worked out for you Chris. They certainly look like decent parts at rather good prices.

Can you take out your earplugs now?

Chris Taylor 330/01/2022 22:44:06
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Peter, can you explain the earplugs comment?

Peter Greene 🇨🇦31/01/2022 01:20:08
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Oh, just that when I fitted a belt drive to my Wm-14 lookalike mill, the noise-level went down enormously.

David Scott 431/01/2022 02:34:29
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Having burnt out a motor and mashed a gear on my WM 18 cutting holes in the new motors base and working on a belt drive is the logical way forward.

Of course the reply of "Many people fit COOLING FANS to their mills!!" from Warco did not go down too well. Most modern stuff needs to be considered a starting point these days, still. The belts and pulleys I got from Bearing Boys waits to be done. Well the 15mm by 5 mm pitch belts will be got when I measure from the job. They are pilot bore so you can choose the hole size.

Michael Gilligan31/01/2022 08:13:39
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Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 30/01/2022 21:30:52:
Posted by oldvelo on 30/01/2022 18:53:55:

4 Rib Poly Vee conversion will out perform any Vee Belt

A 4 rib belt is hardly necessary on a mini-mill!

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But does it do any harm ?

Very light sections are available

MichaelG.

oldvelo31/01/2022 20:12:48
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 31/01/2022 08:13:39:
Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 30/01/2022 21:30:52:
Posted by oldvelo on 30/01/2022 18:53:55:

4 Rib Poly Vee conversion will out perform any Vee Belt

A 4 rib belt is hardly necessary on a mini-mill!

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But does it do any harm ?

Very light sections are available

MichaelG.

Mine works fine 4 Ribs "J" section powered by a 1.25 hp DC motor

mick H01/02/2022 08:51:51
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I there a belt conversion kit available for a Warco WM14 ? If so I would be very interested in it.

Mick

mechman4801/02/2022 12:35:00
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Posted by mick H on 01/02/2022 08:51:51:

I there a belt conversion kit available for a Warco WM14 ? If so I would be very interested in it.

Mick

Same query for WM16. the nearest I have seen is the equivalent for Grizzly 0704 on their site, they supply kits for the 0704 but from the states, which requires large import / custom charges.

George.

Chris Taylor 301/02/2022 17:41:42
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I don’t know the configuration of the Warco mills, the critical criteria are usually the diameters and keyway dimensions of the spindle and of the motor shaft. The maker of the kit I purchased does a kit for one Grizzly machine, he’s very helpful and modified his kit for my machine - no harm in contacting him: https://www.mbbilici.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=57&product_id=75

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