Get a Grip

Came across an interesting product from CRC recently: CRC Belt Grip.  Had never heard of the stuff before now.

CRC Belt Grip

Had a thought it might prove useful in the workshop – belt driven machines everywhere.  Planer, thicknesser, tablesaw, drum sander, bandsaw, drill press, lathe, belt sander, hand power planer, at least in my workshop.  Your mileage may vary.

I haven’t tried it yet, but I was thinking about how much slippage there may, or may not be.  How much power might be getting lost.  I’m thinking about testing one of the machines out to see.  Does anyone know how to test for belt slippage?

Anyone come across this product before?  Opinions?

6 Responses

  1. i wonder if you could loosen the bet on a machine (one not too dangerous ,belt sander maybe) to the point that it will work but slip at a known point . that way you can apply a piece of timber and a known pressure and stop the belt . maybe a pully system to feed the piece into the belt sander etc . by adding more weight you will increase the pressure. with the loosened belt it should slip fairly easily. spray on the stuff and see if it will take more pressure to make it slip. it should

  2. We used the Belt Grip in a manufacturing plant where I worked, but only as a stop gap, as with prolonged use, it seemed to muckup the belts. The belts became very tacky/sticky. It did help, but the general rule in the maintenance team was to fit a new set of belts as soon as practical..

  3. I have to agree with crowie this is a stop gap measure only. I have used this in an automotive application and it dod make the belts sticky and rather messy. No substitute for replacing worn belts.

  4. Yes stu I’ve been using it for years, originally for slipping or squeeling fan belts then started using on lathe, drill press and even lawnmower belts. I believe it worksd very well, stops belt noise and slippage no problems. Don’t now how to test but it just work time and again

  5. Hi Stu
    I used it many years ago on a car fan belt and was not impressed.
    If you have slippage, the best thing to do is tighten the belt or get a new one (after making sure the belt is cleaned of oil residue).

  6. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Sounds like a product that works when it is needed, but best left sitting on the shelf until then, and even when needed, to replace the affected belt rather than rely on Belt Grip in the long term. Hopefully that is an accurate summary!

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