Installation Instructions


Installation Instructions: All Makes Parts from John Deere Round Baler Belts


Round Baler Belt Installation Instructions


PLEASE READ - A few minutes of your time can prevent premature belt failure and costly downtime.


Preparation- before

-         Always use the same ply construction for all belts. Two-ply and three-ply constructions do not react in the same manner under tension. Use of different ply constructions will create an unequal load situation and the baler will not perform properly.

-         Check all bearings for movement without drag or noise. Lubricate or replace as required.

-         Check for bent or broken rollers and replace as required. Free all rollers of rust and foreign material buildup.

-         Eliminate catch points, weld splatters, and sharp metal edges.

-         Replace all worn belts at the same time.

-         Resize all belts, new and old, to equal lengths for maximum load distribution.

-         Note: Resize all belts between each baling season.

Maintenance- after

-         Take up roller adjustment to recommended tension.

-         Important: Check your baler's operating manual for proper tension adjustment.

-         Note: It is especially important to leave the recommended slack in the belts on Vicon, McKee, New Idea, and corresponding Case IH models. A belt adjusted too tightly will have a shorter service life.

-         Check your belts, belt lacing, and pins occasionally during use. Make repairs or replace as required.

-         Note: The lacing and connecting pins are your belt's weakest points. Proper maintenance is critical to your baler's overall performance.

-         Resize all belts and replace as necessary between baling seasons. Check your baler thoroughly before starting your next baling season.


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Upper belts

Install belt following direction-of-travel arrow. (End with 45-degree corners and the least number of hooks on the trailing end. End with square-cut corners on the leading end.)



After threading a belt through the machine, pull ends together. Insert connecting pin through the lacing hooks making sure the hooks on both ends alternate. (Leading end should have hooks on both outside edges.)

After inserting the connecting pin completely, bend approximately 1/4-in (6.35mm) of the straight end at a 90-degree angle to match the other end.


Lower platform aprons

-         Clean V-guide slot on pulleys.

-         Note: International Harvester models do not have V-guides.

-         Install belt following direction-of-travel arrow.

-         After threading belt through machine, pull ends together. Make sure hooks on both ends alternate. (Leading end should have hooks on both outside edges.)

-         If Clipper lacing is used, insert leader wire attached to cable, through hooks. Do not jerk on leader wire or it will come off. After cable is in place, remove leader wire, attach retaining nut, and crimp it.

-         If Minet lacing is used, install pin and bend approximately 1/4-in (6.35mm) of straight end at a 90-degree angle.

-         Run baler momentarily to check for proper tracking and adjust as necessary.


Lacing application

-         Square the belt. This is done to assure true tracking and straight, even tension on all hooks, which will add to the life of the belt.

-         Determine the number of hooks to be used on each side. There should be one more hook on threading end than the trailing end to ensure an even joint.

-         The raised surface of the rough-top belts should be trimmed off for maximum hook clinch.

-         Center the belt between hooks and hold down flush on the retainer. Hooks are not to be laced to the edge of the belt. About 1/4-in. on each belt edge should be left unlaced for chamfering.

-         Chamfer the trailing end of the belt. This is the end with one less hook. Cut the belt at a diagonal 1/16-in. from the end hook to the edge of the belt. This prevents catching on conveyor guides and allows bending of the connecting pin back into the joint preventing migration.

-         Mesh the ends together and secure the connecting pin. The pin should be cut slightly shorter than the belt.

-         A properly compressed splice will have hooks slightly compressed into the belt surface and slightly clenched on the backside.

Last modified: 13Mar09.