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Improperly Testing Belt Tension Can Easily Damage Small Motors - February 2019

Don Labriola

The article "Improperly Testing Belt Tension Can Easily Damage Small Motors" appeared in the February 2019 issue of Power Transmission Engineering.

Summary
Most of us want to just instinctively squeeze a belt between a pair of pulleys to test the belt tension. What is not as instinctive is just how much force such a procedure can put on the shaft -- often significantly past the manufacturer's rated limits for small motors. This can cause damage to both the shaft and the bearings.

Keywords
belts, belt tension, motors

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