So you have a digital cutting table that needs a new belt but are not sure how to do it yourself? We know it may seem tricky at first, so we put together this step by step outline to make things easier.
After all, doesn’t it feel great to say you accomplished a DIY project?
Follow the 8 steps below to successfully seam your belt onto your digital cutting table. If you don’t feel comfortable taking on this DIY project, feel free to call CutGuru.com.
We have an experienced technician ready to come to your facility to install the new belt.
1. Order Your Belt for Your Cutting Table
This step is easy. Simply call us at CutGuru(414.939.4878) and we will be able to help you determine the perfect length and width of the cutting belt for your machine. Our team is ready to answer any and all questions throughout this process, so if you’re feeling uneasy – give us a ring!
2. Collect Your Materials
You will want to collect the materials before starting the process. You don’t want to waste precious production time rummaging through boxes trying to find something. Additionally, all of these materials are crucial for applying the belt, so its best to have them handy.
The materials you will need for this process include:
- High Strength Guru Tape
- Glue Gun
- Glue Cartridges
- Razor Blade/Knife
- Sharpened Putty Knife
- A Straight Edge
3. Warm Up Glue Gun
The glue gun is an essential part of connecting the edges of your belt during the loading phase. Make sure the gun is at the right temperature and ready to go when you need it.
4. Make Sure All Rollers are Square
It is best to take the time to line up the rollers so they are perfectly square. You absolutely do not want any movement or shifting during your belt production.
5. Keep In Mind Before Loading Your Belt Onto the Machine
- The Belt’s Natural Curve – When the belt is packaged and shipped, it will have a natural curve to it from being in a roll. This is not a defect of the product, so don’t be worried when you see the curve in the belt. To account for the curve, take note of the contour of the machine and line them up. This is as simple as laying a section of the belt over the edge of your machine to align and adjust to the curve.
- Notice the Direction of the Belt’s Grain & Natural Curve – The belt also has a natural grain that has a smooth consistency going one direction, and slightly rougher grain the other direction. You always want the smooth grain going towards the front of the machine, the end closest to the workstation.
6. Load the Belt Onto the Machine
This is by far the most complicated step, so we will have to dig in a bit deeper to see how to properly load the belt.
Before starting, the belt will need to be wrapped around the machine with both ends laying on top of the table. Loading the belt on the table wrong will result in having to restart this process, so it’s important that it’s properly wrapped and the smooth grain is facing towards the front of the machine.
Once it is wrapped, you will need to:
1. Apply the proper tension to the belt.
2. Overlap the two ends of the belt.
3. Make sure the belt is straight and squared up with your edges.
4. Cut the excess material, cutting through both layers, and remove the scrap.
5. Make sure you maintain a 1/8th-inch gap between the newly cut ends and apply the high strength Guru Tape underneath the ends, as shown. The tape, that was applied underneath, will hold the ends together so you can easily apply the glue with the glue gun. Remember, it has been heating this entire time so it should be ready to go.
6. While applying the glue, make sure you fill in the 1/8th-inch gap with enough glue so that it raises slightly higher than the belt material. This ensures that the glue will fill the entire cavity for an extra strong seal.
7. Let the glue set for approximately 5 minutes, or until you see the glue turn into a “milky” white.
8. Now, use the sharpened putty knife to shave off the excess glue so you have a clean seam to work with.
Phew, that felt like a lot… But now that we have the belt loaded, the rest is a breeze.
7. Adjust the Tension of the Belt
After the belt is loaded onto the machine, and you have a clean and strong seam, adjust the tension of the rollers while also adding tension to the belt. Be careful not to tighten it too much so that your belt will not separate at your newly connected seam.