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Interesting experience yesterday. I was doing maintenance on my 5 hp, 80 gallon air compressor in my workshop. I needed to buy a new drive belt. since it was 20 years old. I took it to a local supplier who specializes in non automotive equipment. The belt I bought was Goodyear V belt (same part number). It cost me $8. I checked for a similar sized snowblower belt on e-replacement and the price was $33.75 See below:


The belt I bought for my air compressor is a bigger size and it cost 75% less. I sometimes think we are getting overcharged for these parts. You can buy a replacement belt for $8.75 off ebay.

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The consumer can shop for price, or not shop for price. It is a free economy.
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The consumer can shop for price, or not shop for price. It is a free economy.
Can't beat logic like that.

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i buy cogged belts at autoparts stores or lawn and garden belts
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There are different grades of belts. A belt that doesn't have to bend backwards is a lot cheaper than a belt that goes by an idler like on a snowblower or thiller. You can't put a regular V-belt that you would put on a compressor on a snowblower, it will be shredded the first time out.

Different grades are also rated for stress, torque applied on longevity.



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The belt I bought for my air compressor is a bigger size and it cost 75% less. I sometimes think we are getting overcharged for these parts. You can buy a replacement belt for $8.75 off ebay.

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Much different belts between the two, the compressor belt is built with regular cords and the snowblower belts are built with Kevlar cords which is not a cheap material.

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Just like shear pins. Go to a dealer and you're likely to pay through the nose. Buy a single one and you're likely to spend what you can get 2-5 on ebay.
You need to shop if you want a good price but you also have to make sure it's the same quality. Those belts can vary quite a bit.

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And I steer from buying the cheap, inferior junk from across the pond as well. Seriously,I'd rather pay double and buy American than some other country's garbage.
Doesn't apply 100% of the time but generally you get what you pay for.

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Interesting experience yesterday. I was doing maintenance on my 5 hp, 80 gallon air compressor in my workshop. I needed to buy a new drive belt. since it was 20 years old. I took it to a local supplier who specializes in non automotive equipment. The belt I bought was Goodyear V belt (same part number). It cost me $8. I checked for a similar sized snowblower belt on e-replacement and the price was $33.75 See below:


The belt I bought for my air compressor is a bigger size and it cost 75% less. I sometimes think we are getting overcharged for these parts. You can buy a replacement belt for $8.75 off ebay.

Bill

I'll paid 14 and change for my Kevlar drive belt at Tractor Supply Co. near me. It was about a buck more for the auger belt, was a little longer. For my 824. I was fine with that price for very good belts.

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I'll paid 14 and change for my Kevlar drive belt at Tractor Supply Co. near me. It was about a buck more for the auger belt, was a little longer. For my 824. I was fine with that price for very good belts.
It is always good to be able to have shopping alternatives. Tractor Supply was my go to store to buy good old fashioned 30 weight non detergent oil that is used in almost all air compressors. None of the auto parts stores by me carried any. The young counter people didn't even know what non-detergent oil was.

I found some pints of compressor oil for $4.45 each ($9.00 per quart) or $35.60 a gallon at a local hardware store. TSC had a gallon of the Campbell Hausfeld compressor oil for $23 or $5.75.qt which is 30 wt. non detergent oil.

I "guesstimate" some of the on line retailers who sell engine parts for my ZTR lawnmower, if they carried all of them, would cost me $5K or more to buy all the parts to build an engine. For example, my water cooled Kawasaki has a small radiator. The replacement radiator is over $500.

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