My x-carve is rather new - got it back in May. It prob has no more than 8, possibly 10, hours of carve time on it. Early on I tensioned the belts and was going to again soon as, it is my understanding, they will stretch.
In the middle of a lengthy carve today the x belt broke right at the x motor’s wheel. (Is that typically where a break occurs?) The belt itself shows no signs of wear or stress.
I don’t remember what I tensioned it to but wouldn’t have done more than I read here in the forums. The beltless carriage move freely and smoothly and I don’t feel any resistance. Any guesses to what happened? Possibly a flaw in belt manufacturing? I doubt it but I guess that is always a possibility.
The new Xcarves don’t let you align the belts and the pulleys like the old one used to since the pulleys on the motor are pressed on. Check your idlers just to make sure though.
It does look like maybe you were riding offcenter. What I found is that when I put the belt on the pulley originally, I could set it where I wanted it (centered) and as long as my idlers were aligned (which they should be), it didn’t drift from where I put it.
There’s no way to make the new x-carve belts ride in the center they always touch the side of the pulley and rub in one side of the belt. I have tried everything to fix this issue. I just ordered extra belts…,
I adjust it by eye… and a lot of trial and error. They don’t need to be as tight we think. Keep on adjust and checking with a engraving bit and a metric ruler. I got one off amazon that’s 600mm long. At least that’s how I did it till I got it to what I believed to be a good tightness.
Keep in mind that my method is probably not the right one, but it’s what worked for me
Not sure of my exact feeds/speeds but I know it wasn’t anywhere near that.
Mine looks like the taffy analogy but here is where I struggle with it being too aggressive…My carve was running front-to-back (along the y axis) while stepping right-to-left (along the x axis). Meaning it would cut a full run along the Y and then take 1 step on the X to run another full run on the Y. In my novice mind any aggressive movements would have been along the Y axis. Not to debate that point (as it could have been the reason and you have way more experience than I do) but that just does not feel right to me.
To help demonstrate my poor attempts at describing movement and direction, here is a video of it shortly before the belt broke.