I’m trying to forecast a replacement schedule for erodable parts. Has anyone had to replace the belts and or wheels? I’d like to get a feel for the approximate lifetime I can expect from parts.
Regarding (stock) belts, don’t expect too much. That’s one of the reasons why the 9mm belt upgrade is so popular. It’s a wider belt with less issues.
I’ve had my stock belts for 14 months, still going strong.
It appears to me that Inventables got a bad batch of belts from, most likely China.
My stock belts from June 2016 were just fine when I swapped them out for the 3rd gen GT belts (real Gates belt) and I drove my other belts pretty hard.
I bought these:
Same pitch, same width but the thickness and “feel” of them is SO much better than the stock belts. I think I’d be hard pressed to break the belts. Inventables was selling the GT2 belt at $1.99/ft. The belt from Royal is $1.64/ft. I bought 5 of those 1164mm lengths so I’d have 2 spares (they are a loop, just cut it and it works). There is maybe 1-2" of left over belt after trimming.
I have the stock belts now for about a year and a half with no problems
I also have the stock belts - going on 10 months now with a lot of hours run time and no issues at all. I did purchase an extra set just in case, but no need as yet. I am pretty picky with my work area though, I do a thorough cleanup of all areas after a project.
im about to go to the 9mm upgrade.
i’d hate to lose a job due to a belt failure.
from what i’ve seen on the forum it is more common than i’d like to see
small price to pay for a little peace of mind.
Cleanup is key. I do regular cleaning and use my own checklist for maintenance
My x axis broke last night mid project. Ruined a $200 project. I’ve had it 16 months. Had to replace the brushes at about 12 months.
I have the same belts for over three years with no problems. The brushes are replaced every 150 to 200 hours. I keep a log of the time. Welcome to the community
46 months on stock belts, wheels, motors, still going strong.
Just broke the closed loop belt on the dewalt 611. Inventables is out of stock. Can I upgrade the belt from the 2GT 6mm 180 teeth without changing a thing? If so what are the recommendations and from where? I should by a spare length for the long axis’ as well