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Old 10-09-12, 01:54 PM   #1
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Default Flat belt (leather) advice please.

Can anyone advise me as to how care for the leather flat belt that i bought at barleylands this year. I dont want to let it dry out & crack. But at he same time if i use neats foot oil or dubbin it may cause it to slip. Anyone use leather belts on here? Also is it ok or even necessary to use belt dressing (to stop slippage) on leather? I'd be gratefull for any help.(Lots of people tell me i need help) Thanks guys
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Old 10-09-12, 04:36 PM   #2
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I to would be interested in the answer to this one

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Old 10-09-12, 07:21 PM   #3
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With mine I just use it and give it a squirt of cooking oil now and then, never worry about belt slip.
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I have used vaseline intensive care on an old stiff leather belt before and it worked a treat. It's mainly the outside of the belt that suffers from drying out the most so theres no need to do the driving side.
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Old 10-09-12, 07:50 PM   #5
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Thanks guysI reckon i'll use the tin of neats foot oil i've got in the shed. (Anyone know what a neat is? & how big are their feet)
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(Anyone know what a neat is? & how big are their feet?)
Probably a tidy 12 inches!

I was going to suggest Neatsfoot oil.
Years ago we used it on the largish (6ft deep x 6ft diameter) hand bellows of a forge, it certainly kept the leather supple. Plenty for sale on eBay
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Old 11-09-12, 01:51 AM   #7
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Neatsfoot oil is fine but expensive. I purchased a whole hide from a tannery and they said machine cutting oil is good as a preservative. i've used both to good effect.
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Old 11-09-12, 10:32 AM   #8
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I had a can of neats foot oil already but i didn't want to b****r up my belt untill i got some advice. I bought it to soften the leather on the bellows of a portable forge that i bought a couple of years back.(the round type of forge with the bellows built in underneath. Made by Alldays & Onions) It was in a bit of a state when i got it. It had tinworm & woodworm. Looks like new now. ---By the way,I was surprised to find when at a rally recently that Aldays & onions built cars in the early 1900s.Lovely carsI didn't know that.
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They built tractors too
We used to use neats foot oil or castor oil on the leather belts on the veteran cars, not too much though ( don't want to get plastered in it driving along)
Use powdered resin on a slipping leather belt. ( drive, NOT trouser:crazy:)
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I was looking at a leather belt at a rally recently & it was scarf jointed from several lengths. I mentioned it to the chap who had it & he said "What do you expect, 60 ft cows". I must admit, i'd never considered it before.You had to look hard to see the joints, but I was wondering if I could join a belt like that. Has anyone done it on here. What adhesive would I use?? I have a 4in leather belt with a cobbled up joiner & would prefer a neater joint.
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