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 Post subject: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 3:31 am 
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Purchased a dial belt for a console I'm restoring, figured it's easier to get something that's made for the specific model than trying to make my own. Apparently I was wrong, and the seller didn't mention some assembly required. When I got the piece, the whole thing looked like the broken one I pulled out of the console. I guess sellers don't bother to check what they're selling to see if it's usable. The listing just said NOS dial belts, not really guaranteeing them to be useable, but then again, why would anyone buy a broken one? For their dial belt collection? If I wanted to try and fix it, I would have fixed the one in the console, not bought a broken one on Ebay. Sigh

I'll get my money back or a new belt, but it's still a giant pain to fuss over something so small and inexpensive. Moral of the story, ask the seller to check the dial belts before you buy them.


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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 3:55 am 
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Zsuttle wrote:
Moral of the story, ask the seller to check the dial belts before you buy them.
Or buy from the ARF member who now makes them :!: See Quality Radio Belts ad on right side of page.


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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 6:30 pm 
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Thanks Larry!
Better off buying newly made when dealing with belts (and not just trying to toot my own horn). I don't know how much you paid, but I'm sure mine are less expensive and I guarantee you will be happy with yours. Can't say the same thing about people selling brittle crumbly old NOS belts.


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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 7:20 pm 
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Amen to that, I'll be getting my refund from eBay. I already put in my order for a brand new belt (way cheaper too). Something tells me that I won't be buying any more belts off of Fleabay any longer. It's funny that the ad has been there for the longest time, but I never bothered to look at it. Thank you Quality Radio Belts, for saving my behind
~Zach


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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 7:24 pm 
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You're welcome! Just got the order, belt ships first thing in the morning. Please let me know how it works for you — I stand behind it 100 percent.

Ted


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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 8:45 pm 
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I'd never buy NOS belts. That means they are 50+ years old. Not very useful.

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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 10:49 pm 
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I used to have two bins of NOS JFD dial belts and finally sold each bin for about $10. The bins were nice but the belts were old and dried out so I bought a bunch of new belts from Adams before he went out of business and when I need more it will be from Ted (Quality Radio Belts).

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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 10:52 pm 
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Natural and synthetic rubber deteriorates continuously.

:) Greg.


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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 10:55 pm 
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egg wrote:
Natural and synthetic rubber deteriorates continuously.

:) Greg.

Yes it does, and relatively quickly. That’s one reason why the polyurethane belt stock formerly used by Adams Radio, and now for my belts, is superior. The welded joints also retain close to 100 percent of the uncut material’s strength.


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 Post subject: Re: NOS Dial Belts on Ebay
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 11:28 pm 
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Has anyone had a problem with the newer urethane belts eventually slipping if they've been on a radio for a while that hasn't been used much? I've had this happen to some of my restored Zenith radios. I haven't had a chance to take them apart and figure out the source of the problem. It could be that the lubrication of the shafts and gears has thickened or seized, but I wonder if these belts ever stretch or develop a "memory" that makes them slip.

Bob

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