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Understanding V-belt Construction Terms

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

posted by Michelle at 2:58 PM

V-belt construction features can be described by a variety of terms, which can cause confusion.  Here are some of the most common terms you may encounter:

  • Banded:
    • A fabric layer surrounds the belt
    • Also referred to as wrapped or covered
  • Bareback:
    • A type of banded V-belt where the fabric is not impregnated with rubber
    • Also referred to as low friction, dry cover, or clutching cover
  • Bandless:
    • No fabric surrounding the belt
    • Also referred to as cut edge, raw edge, or machined edge
  • Notched:
    • The bottom of the belt is notched (not flat)
    • Also referred to as cogged, molded notch, or cut notch
  • PowerBand®:
    • Multiple V-belt strands joined with a common backing
    • Also referred to as joined



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