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I wasn't sure where to post this. How long and under what conditions can I store a V-belt? I'm sure they sit in a warehouse sometimes for years, but can I just leave one in my unheated garage for a few years and not worry about it dry-rotting or anything? I ask because I finally got my old Model 30 tiller hooked up to my 110 garden tractor. I am using the belt that came with it, and to me, the belt looks pretty worn, but it appears to be working fine. I want to order a new belt, but being cheap, I mean frugal, I'm not going to replace the old one until it stops working. For all I know the old belt may work for another five years, I really have no idea. What I DO know, is that the belt will fail when I'm going to need to use the tiller, and then I'll have to wait a week or two for a new belt unless I have one here and ready.

Would it be better to store the belt in my basement, which is only slightly more temperature controlled than my garage? :laugh:
 

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When I got my GX in '04 I also bought belts (JD) for the mower deck, PowerFlow and the HD belt replacement belt for the snowblower. They hang inside my unheated shop and look and feel just like they did new. I think heat and excessive dryness or moisture might be unhealthy, but average storage they seem to do OK.
 
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:munch::munch: I keep a few spare belts on hand. Because they tend to fail at the worst times. I just hang them on the wall in my shop. I think the main thing is to keep them out of the sun light. I dont know how long a belt can be kept in storage.:unknown:
 

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Thanks guys!
I'll order the belt (from one of our GTT vendors) and keep it in a cabinet in my garage out of the sunlight.
 

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I've got a big bundle of belts in my van that...I'm pretty sure some of them are approaching 15 yrs old. It may not be ideal...but I wouldn't hesitate to install them on a customers air handler. Actually, I have, and never had a problem with a call back from belt failure.
 

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I purchased a big box of assorted belts at a yard sale wherein the sellers had operated a garage and service station in the 1950's. Some of these belts were made to fit 1930's model cars. I've given them to friends who have antique cars and used some on homemade contraptions and they worked fine. Not saying belts in general have a 70-year storage life but modern belts made with modern materials would surely store ten or so years.
 

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The enemies would be UV light as already mentioned and Ozone. Ozone is created by any electrical arch. Continuous welding (not likely unless you are storing in a welding shop)or a continuously running electric motor in close proximity would cause rubber to deteriorate. Otherwise they will pretty much last forever.... and then you say, wait a minute...... most belts are connected right to an electric motor! .... Yes they are!
 
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