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Old 15th May 2009, 12:54 PM   #31
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Old 15th June 2009, 01:42 PM   #32
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Hi,

I tried the following threads and the results are far better than the ordinary rubber/polymer belts.

1. Surgical silk
2. Nylon
3. Kevlar

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Old 25th June 2009, 04:48 PM   #33
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The old flat belt from SOTA was getting loose and slippy so I decided to try thread or string drive. Had to turn a new drive drum with a groove for the thread but that was quickly done. Then to try several different "strings". Most all worked well enough but the best I found is what WellTempered uses for the Amadeus TT, .004 transparent nylon thread by Coats thread company. (The spool I have is actually .005"). It took a few tries to get exactly the right length for no slippage but just enough "give" to let the synchronous motor start up reliably. Too tight and the motor won't start, too loose and it has trouble starting and slips. Get it right and it works very well. Besides it is soooo much cheaper and easier to get than the SOTA belt.

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Hello Bill,

You can get pretty good threads from http://www.cansew.com/

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Old 29th January 2014, 08:47 PM   #35
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I am interested in building the Holographic Mylar belt, but I wonder if that would work with my thin pulle of the VPI Classic 3.
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Old 30th January 2014, 12:03 AM   #36
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In my experience thin pulleys are the worse with materials other than rubber, because of their small surface. So the belt slipping is more likely.
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for an endless supply of mylar in various widths/colour/texture go to your nearest angling shop that sells fly tying supply's and be amazed at the very very cheep and bewildering array of mylar, they will also sell you pure silk, kevlar, nylon and all sorts of fancy threads of various gauge. they also sell all sorts of silk/nylon braids.
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for an endless supply of mylar in various widths/colour/texture go to your nearest angling shop that sells fly tying supply's and be amazed at the very very cheep and bewildering array of mylar, they will also sell you pure silk, kevlar, nylon and all sorts of fancy threads of various gauge. they also sell all sorts of silk/nylon braids.
I didn't think of that! Good call.

And I fly fish too.
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