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How can I make drive belt for microwave turntable?? Answered

The present belt is 1/8 inch square and 36 inches in circumference.




7 years ago

I had to do improvisation to a record player when stuck out in the country once. get an old inner tube of a car, also bike will do. cut diagonally across tube to make a ring. with trial and error you can figure out the correct diameter and width of your band so that it doesnt slip off. should save your trip to the hardware store.

I hate to say it but dont be cheap and just buy a new one from grainger or any other home improvement store (they do not cost much anyway)

Thats not the point the man/woman asked a question and we should help him

that was helping and like i said if he/she does go the cheap way I highly doubt that they build microwaves from scratch for a living (not saying i do) but if he/ she goes to grainger and buys a freaking new belt at least they still have the self satisfaction of 'fixing it" because they personally have to install it.


7 years ago

I would cut a strip out of an old leather belt, taper the ends so they overlap and then use super glue and a paper binder clip to hold them in place until the glue sets. Make it snug because it will stretch a little.

Great Idea. I can remember old machinery running with leather belts when I was an apprentice. Also shearing equipment in sheep shearing sheds is run this way.

Is the cost an issue, or just availability? If you don't mind spending a few bucks, take the old belt (or the measurements) to an auto parts store and get a belt designed for use on a car. There are literally thousands of automotive belts to choose from.

an elastic band? Turntables don't use a lot of torque, so it could be something as simple as string, as long as there's an idler pully, and something sticky on the other pulleys.

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. Not sure if it would be a problem, but I would avoid any kind of metal.