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    It seems like when some plastic balls go threw the accelerator the belt jumps towards the little motor belt to the point that it throws the little belt off. I looked at the tracking and also looked at the tension of the ball accelerator belt but don't know if a tighter or looser belt will help this problem. Please give me some ideas to cure this problem.

  • #2
    Re: Ball accelerator

    If they fit into your budget, you can't beat the ZOT upgrade. The kit provides longer accelerator supports which move the belt further from the trough, reducing belt tension and kicked drive belts. They will save you a ton of time lost in fiddling with accelerators.


    • #3
      Re: Ball accelerator

      Quote:]Originally posted by Jogger Link:
      If they fit into your budget, you can't beat the ZOT upgrade. The kit provides longer accelerator supports which move the belt further from the trough, reducing belt tension and kicked drive belts. They will save you a ton of time lost in fiddling with accelerators.[/QUOTE]
      ray miller


      • #4
        Re: Ball accelerator

        yes yes yes the zot kits are wonderful, i had this prob with plastic balls throwing off the accelerator belt and once these kits are on that is the end of it. worth money and the time. do the bad ones first then get them all done eventually. it has never occured again once they were on.
        ray miller


        • #5
          Re: Ball accelerator

          I have found that small adjustments on the front and rear pulleys make all the difference in the world. 1/6 of a turn at a time and watch the belt when the ball goes through. If the belt tracks to the side as it enters the accelerator, adjust the rear pulley. If it seems to track to the side as it moves towards the front, then adjust the front pulley. Again, small adjustments.
          As far as belt tension goes, just tight enough so you can only lift the belt 3 inches in the center of the track. Some would disagree with me on that measurement.
          I've been running accelerators for many years and have had very little trouble with them. The last belt that came off was over 3 months ago and we are putting 70+ units in the heads. I am using a mixture of ones, black ones and beige ones. I haven't found any belt that seems to work better than the others, but I have been buying the blue ones lately. Good luck...

          [ November 30, 2001: Message edited by: JBEES ]
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          • #6
            Re: Ball accelerator

            I agree with some of the other post here . The ZOT Ball Accelerator kit is the way to go I installed them about 8 years ago and haven't had to adjust anything in 8 years and counting . This kit has saved alot of $ and no troubles in the accelerators.


            • #7
              Re: Ball accelerator

              Our local K-Mart sells bowling balls which I understand are Brunswick rejects. Its these balls and these balls alone that cause the big belt to track over and knock the little drive belt off. We have the Zot conversion kits already.

              Guess Ill just have to put up with it. We can usually tell the K-Mart balls just from looking at them so we try to put those people on 9-24 as they have the older style ball accelerators. (Single tire).

              Space is the Place!


              • #8
                Re: Ball accelerator

                You did not here these from me but here was what I did with those great K mart and Sports authority balls.
                The new OFF plastic balls would be so slick and so what ever else was wrong they would throw the accelerator belt off.
                After a few times and noticing what ball did it, I would covertly in the back use a scotch brite pad and get the high factory sheen off the ball.
                Not enough that the customer would ever know but enough for something the long accelerator could grab on.


                • #9
                  Re: Ball accelerator

                  The zot kits work very well but be sure your pulleys are not worn because a worn pulley will increase the amount of belt movement.If your pulley is worn replace them with "high crown"pulleys.


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