Big Belt News From The Best In The Business

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Do you know who we really like? You! We love our customers and will do whatever we can to make sure that you get the belt you need at the best price. We know that finding the right belt can be especially difficult and it is very hard to know if a belt that you found on the internet is what you are actually looking for. The original manufacturer may have discontinued the belt for your lawnmower but does anyone else still make it? What if they have a different number for the belt? What if another company has a similar number, is it possible that it is for a completely different belt? Why does it seem like some belts cost so much more than others?

Today, V-Belts Direct is proud to announce that we have partnered with a brand new reference site for belts called PT Cross. These innovative guys have come up with a great tool for finding any belt you’re looking for. If you have the belt number simply type it into the search bar and it brings up manufacturers who have the belt. If you are a subscriber to the site it also has a button to show all the matching products even if they are numbered differently! Here is a short video showing how it works:

While a casual do-it-yourselfer may not want to subscribe but anyone who buys belts on a regular basis could more than make up the subscription price in savings with access to every matching belt. If you are a hardware store or repair shop you could pass those savings on to your customers. If you fall into that category then PT Cross is offering a free trial to new members. This is a great deal and a great what to avoid buying the wrong belt and going through the hassle of returns.

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So what do we get out of it? I’m glad you asked! We have embedded PT Cross’s comprehensive information for each belt into the “Verify Dimensions” tab on our entire catalog of over 75,000 belts! While this is definitely a new project and there are still some belts that are not in their system the vast majority are and they are working hard to add new belts every day. On the flip side, they have some belts that are not yet in our system that we are working to add to our stock as soon as possible, allowing us to have the absolute best catalog of v-belts, timing belts, and more available anywhere on the planet!

If you have more questions or would like to find out more about PT Cross simply head over there by clicking HERE. But as for our loyal customers, thanks for shopping at and enjoy the new “verify dimensions”  tab full of v-belt goodness!

Detroit Auto Show: The Most Drool-Worthy Belts On The Planet

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The Best Belts Blog About The Best Auto Show

I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but the North American International Auto Show happens to be going on this week and we at V-Belts Direct are having trouble getting any real work done when there are so many awesome things going on in the Motor City! As you know, we love belts, but mostly because we love everything that uses belts. Things like the Ford GT or the Mustang GT350R, either of which we would accept for a birthday present.

So this week in honor of the greatest show on earth we will be sharing some of our favorite stories, pictures, cars, or even our own opinions on the future of automotive on display in Detroit. We will be updating here on our blog as well as on our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

So while you’re waiting for all the cool news and start planning your own upgrades and don’t forget to throw in a new belt!


What Is A V-Belt And Why Use

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What is a vbelt

If you’ve come to this blog, it is for one of two reasons; either you want to know what a “V-belt” is, or (more likely) you want to know why should buy from V-Belts Direct. And as it happens, these two questions have closely related answers.

A Mechanical belt is any flexible material in a  loop or belt shape that links rotating shafts. There are actually a surprising amount of reasons, ranging from a factory conveyor belt carrying loads all the way to the transmission of power. In our industry this belt drive system is one that we see most commonly (although if you need a conveyor belt, call us and we’ll see what we can find 🙂 It is a simple and inexpensive method of transferring power in an efficient manner. They’re so cheap, so good at what they do, that they have almost become invisible… right up until they break.

Noisy belt

For many people, their first moment of belt awareness was a lot like mine. I was 16 years, driving a car that was also probably 16 years old (or older), and it had started making this incredibly loud, high pitched squealing, that was deleting my already marginal chances of finding a date. Anyone stepping out of a shrieking Oldsmobile while wearing a band uniform would have to have a pretty spectacular personality.

It turns out that I needed my serpentine belt replaced. Which fixed my car but strangely, did nothing for my love life. I also learned that a serpentine belt is a type of V-belt (sometimes known as v belt or even vee belt). A V-belt is so called because of the shape of their cross section which is actually a little trapezoidal for you geometry fans.

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This shape, which was pioneered by John Gates of the Gates Rubber Company, retains the efficiency of a flat belt but avoids the slippage. It also can even improve the torque transmission (in case you have any large yachts to tow).

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So what does the invention of a cheaper, more efficient form of power transmission between shafts have to do with V-Belts Direct? Because we want to be the most efficient way to supply your belt needs. Belts are invisible, right up until they are ruining your day. When that happens you need to be able to find the right belt at the right price and get it as quickly as possible. We strive to have the absolute widest stock of belts listed on our site, but if you come across something that we don’t have listed, we will go out of our way and do our very best to find what you need. We believe that we’ve pioneered a new system for the digital age so that no matter where you are. Whether you are supplying for a fleet of vehicles in a large metro area or your combine is broken down in a rural field, we want to supply your belt.