- Nov 9, 2013
The correct term for the connector on a leather belt is the "lace". Clipper (brand name) lacing was, and still is popular. There is a special tool needed to install the lacing on a leather belt. You're right, the Menonites will probably know how to lace a belt for you. Leather belts will have a tendency to stretch some, so set the jackshaft on your lathe for the shortest belt and add a little just to be safe. Then as your belt stretches, you just adjust the jackshaft to keep the tension right. On the Wards/Logan lathe, the belt adjustment may be in the engage/disengage lever. It has been a long time and I can't remember for sure.the leather belt that broke appeared to be stapled together somehow...since I don't know how to remove the spindle im probably going to look into a belt with a clip. I know the local menonites use a lot of belt driven tools im thinking they might be a source foor a replacement leather belt.. will have to look into that when I get a chance...