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Predator Belts Prey on Maintenance & Devours Downtime

Supplier: Gates Australia
04 July, 2008

Designed for the toughest, dirtiest and most aggressive applications and environments, Gates Predator's construction is what sets it apart from any other v-belt. Available in both PowerBand® belts and Singles, Predator belts have the highest power density of any V belt, and stretch dramatically less than standard cross sections.

Predator Case Studies

A Chipper Drive in the Timber Industry: Four people were required to work six hours every three months in order to maintain a chipper drive running eight SPB 4750 belts. Downtime was costing the company about $7,000 each year with another $2,000 in belt costs annually. By switching to Predator Singles, the company was able to eliminate three belts. Not only are the belts expected to last longer than three months, but it is also anticipated that replacements will not be needed until the 12-month life mark.

A Hogger Drive in the Timber Industry: A hogger drive running five 5V 850 belts was burning through them every few months. When the belts failed, there was 1-2 hours of downtime to replace and re-tension the drive. After running KEVLAR® reinforced 5VP cross section Predator Singles belts on this application for 20 weeks, there was no noticeable wear.

A Band Saw Drive in the Timber Industry: Significant improvement has been made on a band saw drive using Predator Singles. Even though the pulleys weren’t replaced, the new Predator Singles exceeded the prior four-month life expectancy with no noticeable signs of wear. For every set of belts that they do not need to replace, the company saves $2,000.