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Tightening Our Belts, Part 1

Sometimes there's no formal training on drive belt inspection, adjustment, or replacement.

In many maintenance departments, drive belts don’t get the proper attention. Because the belt is motor-driven, some managers think it’s an electrical item. Because it drives a pulley and it doesn’t have wires attached, some managers think it’s a mechanical item. One consequence of this is there’s no formal training on drive belt inspection, adjustment, or replacement.

Typically, there’s not a specification on the belt tightness or an instrument fo

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