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After some recent work using my Belle Maxi 140 concrete mixer it developed a fault. It would work ok in one direction but when the drum was turned to face the other side, it slowed down and then stopped. The motor was struggling and eventually the overload device popped out and the motor was overheated. I decided to completely overhaul the mixer as a similar replacement to this 17 year old machine was now extremely expensive
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Step 1: Strip down

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Luckily these UK made machines are still in production and most of the parts are available.
The internet was useful for finding and printing off an exploded diagram, invaluable prior to dismantling the unit.
It proved to be an extremely filthy job so I took care to minimise the muck by carefully disposing of it at each stage. I washed off all the greasy and dusty parts in kerosene as they became free.

Step 2: Clean off

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It turned out that the main problem was the drive belt contacting the housing. This was due to a stretched belt. The new belt was an old car fan belt 5mm shorter than the measured belt taken from the mixer. I could have bought a genuine Belle part but to save time I bought a car fan belt locally.

This was still fractionally too big so the motor had to be adjusted. There was not enough drift with the existing set-up so I had to make two of the mounting holes into slots.
Make sure the motor is parallel to the pulley when adjusting the tension during rebuilding.

After rebuild the belt now clears the housing and runs very well. The new belt is toothed but this seems to work ok. The large driven pulley was catching on the housing back plate so I inserted a copper washer behind it to allow for clearance. The motor can be finely adjusted fore and aft to allow for this and make sure that both pulleys are aligned and running parallel.

The new belt was notched but this doesn’t seem to matter to, or affect the mixer’s operation, in subsequent use.
Very useful description and pictures. Well done mate! I'm having problems with mine at the moment too. It screams intermittently, which sounds like the belt is slipping. Is it difficult to get to? I've had a look at the exploded diagram but can't really tell.....?
theoblackadder (author)  surfingmonkey11 year ago
thanks. mine was also screaming and I would definitely try a new belt. Belle sell them but I got a fan belt from a local car shop. if you do that take extra care to get the right size though. its a bit fiddly to replace but not too bad. the cover plate is held in place with a large slotted head screw located on the drum side of the beam. I removed the drum to get to it. the drum thread is NOT LEFT handed - many websites say it is. I turned mine anti-clockwise. it will be a bit stiff. I used a 4 foot piece of timber under one of the internal paddles and just yanked it down. I also had to undo the motor hold down bolts to get the belt off the motor pulley. watch out for the tensioner as it just falls off once the belt is free. I took pics at each stage to refer to later during rebuild. once the drum is free turn it back to horizontal before unscrewing it as this will protect the thread from damage. also screw it back on in this position. the drum is heavy and could burr up the spindle threads. make sure the large drive shaft pulley and the motor pulley are parallel once the new belt is fitted. the tensioner doesn't seem to pull the belt tight enough for my liking, but it seems to work.
ok. if you need any more info, just drop me a note.
Marvelous. A full on success. I am going to dig around on ebay I think for one of these. I have a large patio area to do and my old bones are not up to hand mixing. lol.
theoblackadder (author)  BigBadgers20011 year ago
good luck eh. even if you get one that looks fairly knackered they are simply made and would restore without too much skilled effort. the motor is an industry standard so there are loads available. Even if the drum bearing surface is shagged then it could be rebuilt with weld and ground back. so go for it. nowt worse than mixing by hand! Ive just done a large patio area and the best way is to mix it strong but dry. this gives you time to faff about getting it level etc. then when your happy at the end of the days work just sprinkle it with water and it'll be rock hard by tommorow.
theoblackadder (author) 1 year ago
thanks for your comments, I runs as sweet as a nut now. its sounds a bit different now, too, but I think thats due to the toothed drive belt. it is certainly more powerful, I hadnt noticed the decline of the years as it was gradual. The safety cut-off switch is a really good modification. The motor runs cooler also, so I guess it was struggling before the re-build.
A very nice heavy duty project my friend, and an interesting and well constructed Instructable. Well done. How does she run now?