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 Posted: Wed Jul 19th, 2017 04:24 am
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Jim Edwards
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Hi all, 
I find myself in possession of a Homart Cooler fan.  The belt on it is old and worn, but still seemingly sound for now.  I have a couple of questions about the belt though:

-How can I tell the difference between an auto belt and a fractional motor belt?  I would have said that the one on there looks like an auto belt, but it seems to run just fine.  

-In the event the one on there is a car one and needs to be replaced, does anyone know what size it takes?  The one on there now has no readable markings.  How do I measure it?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jim

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 Posted: Wed Jul 19th, 2017 11:17 am
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Lane Shirey
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If you have a Tractor Supply Co near you, they sell the correct belts. I don't recall the size, but I'm sure someone will help out. If not I can look on Friday at mine. 

If the old belt seens to fit, take it along as most places that sell belts have a sizer. Alternately you can use a string to get an approximate belt length. 

Last edited on Wed Jul 19th, 2017 11:18 am by Lane Shirey

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 Posted: Thu Jul 20th, 2017 01:24 pm
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Most auto parts stores have a belt sizer, you can get the length easily that way. Some auto parts will also have fractional horsepower belts, but like Lane said, do not use an automotive belt. Ace hardware also has them.

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I just bought one for Ray Hane, and now in need of one myself. Just found a 2 speed Reversible with timer. The new belt I found at Ace Hardware here in Peoria. 3L-370

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Thanks for the help and advice all. For the record, I determined that I needed a belt that is 3/8" wide and 36 or 37 inches around. And I would say 36 would allow for a bit of stretch down the line.

Jim

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Any lawn mower or small equipment repair shop will also have the fractional HP belts. Lowes and home depot might even have it as they sell mower belts.

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I just looked at mine, it is indeed 3/8 x 37". Works perfectly. 

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Be careful not to over-tighten the motor. It's easy to burn to burn out the starting phase on these motors if tension is too high. Ideally, a little bit of slippage is not a bad thing on start-up.

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Thanks, much.

Yeah, I have it as loose as can go and still maintain traction at speed. It seems happy as a clam and I hope it has another 50 years of use ahead of it.

Jim

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Jim Edwards wrote: Thanks, much.

Yeah, I have it as loose as can go and still maintain traction at speed. It seems happy as a clam and I hope it has another 50 years of use ahead of it.

Jim
Wonderful, use 10 drops of Zoom spout turbine oil (available at Ace Hardware) on each end bell of the motor and a heavier weight, non-detergent motor oil (also at Ace) in the two oil wells on the fan shaft bearing. Have to remove the flat head screws first.

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I used the same oil for the fan bearings as I did for the motor. Blue can 3 in 1. Why the heavier oil in the fan bearings? To keep it from slinging out so quickly?

Jim

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It does help with slinging and originally, Sears provided a squeeze tube of lubricant for these fans that had the viscosity of something between oil and grease to reduce slinging. I would not use grease today however as it would probably clog up the old oil pores in the bronze for the fan shaft. I bought the non-detergent 20 weight oil that Ace sells.



Jim Edwards wrote:
I used the same oil for the fan bearings as I did for the motor. Blue can 3 in 1. Why the heavier oil in the fan bearings? To keep it from slinging out so quickly?

Jim

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Thanks all, especially Chris. I really appreciate the help and community spirit here.

Jim

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Make sure you don't use a belt designed for a car engine. Here is one that I bought for mine

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if you need it i have the sleeve from the one i just bought for a homart or a kenmore

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 Posted: Thu Jul 27th, 2017 11:39 pm
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Tom, I am not sure what a sleeve is.

Jim

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He's referring to the cardboard part that's on the belt that gives you the belt information.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 29th, 2017 06:45 pm
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Gotcha.

Guess I don't need to see the sleeve anymore, Tom, have the measurements and the belt number number now. But much thanks in any case.

Jim

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