Three Five brand v-belt should fit my snowblower, and surprise, Canadian made!
My Canadian Tire snowblower was getting tired, so late last winter I decided to see if I could spruce her up. The v-belt that connects the 2T engine to the auger was worn, but still connected and therefore workable. Today I tried to find a replacement v-belt. It turns out that my belt is 1/2″ x 35″ and found a machine v-belt replacement for $6.
My snowblower is a Canadian Tire model # 318-180-515, 3-21″ model. It’s good enough for my driveway and compact. The 2T is a bit of a hassle, but I’ve gotten used to adding oil to the gas and storing it in a 2T marked gas tank. The key is marked “Tecumseh Snow King”, pn 35062 Ignition Key, recently broke, but I have a second.
I first went to Princess Auto, but they did not have the correct size. Then at Canadian Tire I was directed to the seasonal and snowblower section, where I found the correct MTD v-belt for snowblowers, but cost $21. It was a nice belt, light brown and mesh covered. Hmmm, there’s got to be a way to genericize this purchase. V-belts are, unsurprisingly, shaped like a “V”, with the point ground down. Maybe a flat bottomed boat would be a better description.
Over to automotive I went, but they were out of 1/2″ x 35″ v-belts. He told me to try a machine v-belt, which are deeper than an automotive belt, and this is where I found my “Three-Five” branded model # “A-33/4L-350” v-belt, made in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada by S.W.R. Industries Ltd.. Now it’s pretty rare to find Canadian made products in Canadian stores, but I was happy I found it and glad to support a Canadian company. At $6CAD I can buy 3.5 of these instead of the 1 MTD v-belt.
Here’s to a great Canadian winter where I can use my newly spruced up snowblower.
Addendum Sept 2014
So my snow blower belt had cracked and left my snow blower invalid last winter. I cannot complain because the belt did last 4 years, though was not well used. I found that the track it runs on has a bolt sticking out that abrades the belt. This, I must fix before winter 2014 arrives.
My Canadian Tire no longer stocks the “Three-Five”, a shame, really. I hope they are still in business. I picked up an Innoda brand v-belt, model A33/4L350, 603760, 056-0835-2, imported by the Innoda Group, Toronto, ON, M1V 3Z5. It does not say where this belt was manufactured. Innoda’s office is a Markham Rd and Finch Ave E, in Toronto. Maybe we’ll never know the origins of my v-belt. There is an Innoda manufacturer based in Shanghai, that exports v-belts, so I suspect these were made in China. I bought it for $6.89CAD. In 5 years it went up $0.89CAD. That’s about 1.7% a year.
Addendum Mar 01 2016
The Innoda belt from CanTire somehow shredded itself into a useless ball of rubber, and the snowblower really was not used much. The brand is still available at CanTire for $7.99CAD, but I really did not want to rebuy the brand. It only lasted 2 years.
Innoda V-belt A33/4L350 shredded itself on my snowblower. It lasted only 2 years of scarce use. The fiber threads were so wound onto one pulley that I had to cut and pull them off with pliers. I’ll try another brand. Photo by Don Tai.
Instead I went to Princess Auto, who had a Powerspan brand, made in Thailand. While it is marked A-33, the width, there is no marking of the length. The Princess Auto product code is 8065054, but their web site says it is an FHP (Common fractional horsepower) series 4L-350. I matched it up to the CanTire Innoda, which I will return, and they are the same length and width. The price was $4.59CAD, much cheaper than the Innoda. We’ll see how long it lasts.
I phoned SWR Industries in Mississauga, the maker of Three Five V-belts, and they told me that Home Hardware still carries their belts. I searched the Home Hardware site and yes, my A-33/4L350 v-belt, item #1424-355 is not only available, but at a competitive price of $6.99. I would have preferred to buy this belt rather than the Innova or the Powerspan. I now regret purchasing the Powerspan and wished I had found the Three-Five brand at Home Hardware.