Why choose a belt drive over a chain drive?

Belt drives and chain drives serve a very similar purpose. But what are the advantages of a belt drive over a chain drive?

Lower maintenance requirements

A high quality belt will continue to transmit power for many years with minimal maintenance required. It will not rust, and is much more resistant to environmental contamination than chain.

Cost-effective

Belt drives are often much more cost-effective than chain drives, particularly in applications where the distance between shafts is large.

Efficient

High-quality belts generally run between 95% and 98% efficiency, making them an efficient option.

Quieter

Chain drives are notoriously noisy, so in applications where noise pollution is a consideration, a belt drive may be a good choice.

 

Types of belts include:

  • V-belts

  • Wrapped belts

  • Wedge belts

  • Timing belts

  • Twist-link belts

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