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Utility, heavy-duty vacuums consist of drum, hose and motor and pick up dirt, sawdust, wood chips, metal shavings and other materials not suitable for regular vacuum cleaners.

An industrial-type utility vacuum cleans where ordinary ones can't. Dirt bypasses motor and empties directly into drum to avoid clogging. "Wet" models are designed to suck up water as well as dirt.

Combination wet/dry vacuums are manufactured. Designed for use anywhere in the home, these models range in size from 3 1/2-50 gals.


V belts fit into three major categories:

  1. Standard light-duty belts for fractional horsepower applications under 3 hp; generally, home, farm and commercial machinery.
  2. Fractional horsepower belts for 3 to 18 hp for heavy-duty lawn, garden, snow removal equipment.
  3. Special belts for recreational equipment, including snow mobiles, all-terrain vehicles, mini-bikes.

Regardless of the specific use for a V-belt, it will have five main parts:

  1. Band or cover-bias-cut rub berized fabric that protects in terior of belt.
  2. Cord (tensile member)- provides strength to carry tension of horsepower load. Single cord in small pulley diameters; multiple cords in larger belts.
  3. Overcord-filler above cord; gives belt stability during manufacturing.
  4. Adhesion gum-forms bond between cord and rubber components.
  5. Undercord-gives support to keep cord from distorting under load.

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Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Information in this document has been furnished by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and associated contributors. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and safety. Neither NRHA, any contributor nor the retailer can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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