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February 26, 2014

Drive Belt Dressing

This stuff use to be available when tools and mills were powered by flat leather belts, jack shafts, and flywheels.  It keeps the belt tracking properly [providing the wheels are coplanar] and prevents the belt from slipping.

drive belt dressing

Works great on Foot Powered Treadle Lathes, sewing machine belts and drive bands on Spinning Wheels.  Based on an old formula this stuff is very sticky, it sticks to silicone, teflon and high molecular plastic, etc. etc.

drive belt dressing1

The perforated paper tube keeps it from sticking to your fingers and can be peeled back as the belt dressing is used up.

And it is for sale at The Full Chisel Store.




  1. A little in the hole before inserting a hot chisel or file tang helps secure them too.

    Comment by Ian wells — February 27, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

  2. What is in this drive band dressing?
    Is there any beeswax? I have a great wheel that slips its drive band.

    Comment by Betsy True — October 29, 2014 @ 8:56 am

  3. Betsy,
    yes it contains beeswax, rosin, lard and castor oil. Helps keep the band on, assuming the wheel is coplanar with the spindle head.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — October 29, 2014 @ 9:58 am

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