Standard V-Belts vs. Cogged V-Belts

If you’re navigating the world of V-belts, you’ve likely encountered “Standard V-Belts” and “Cogged V-Belts.” At MDS of Michigan, we understand the importance of choosing the right belt for your power transmission needs. Let’s delve into the differences between these two types of V-belts and help you make an informed decision.

Standard V-Belts: Classic Reliability

Standard V-Belt Size Chart


Our collection of Standard Non-Cogged V-Belts is designed to offer time-tested performance for a wide array of power transmission applications. These belts come in a variety of sizes and sections to accommodate diverse power requirements. The sections we offer include A, B, C, D, and E, while the sizes range from 3V, 5V, and 8V. What sets Standard V-Belts apart is their simplicity.

They consist of a continuous rubber belt with a trapezoidal cross-section that fits into V-shaped grooves in the pulleys. These belts are ideal for smooth operations and basic power transmission needs. Their reliability and affordability make them a popular choice in many industries.

Cogged V-Belts: Precision in Motion

Cogged B-Belt Size Chart

Here’s where things get interesting. At MDS of Michigan, we also specialize in Cogged V-Belts, which offer a significant upgrade in terms of performance and efficiency. These belts, also known as notched or cogged belts, retain the classic V-belt design but come with a unique feature: cogs or notches on the underside of the belt.

These cogs serve several crucial purposes:

  • Reduced Bending Stress: The cogs allow the belt to flex more easily around smaller pulleys, reducing bending stress and increasing belt life.
  • Enhanced Grip: The cogs create more surface area, improving the grip between the belt and the pulley, especially important in high-torque applications.
  • Cooler Operation: Improved flexibility and reduced friction lead to lower heat generation, enhancing the overall efficiency of the power transmission system.

Our Cogged V-Belt collection includes various sizes and sections, such as 3VX, 5VX, AX, BX, and CX. These belts offer exceptional performance in demanding environments and high-torque applications, making them a favorite among industries that require precision and reliability.

Order V-Belts with Convenience

Now that you’re familiar with the differences between Standard and Cogged V-Belts, we invite you to explore our online store at MDS of Michigan. Our user-friendly platform allows you to browse through our extensive collection, compare sizes and sections, and choose the perfect V-belt for your needs. With just a few clicks, your v-belts will be delivered to your doorstep.

We stock more V-belt options beyond what you see on our website. Give us a call at (616) 669-0600 or email us at Don’t miss out – your machinery could use a power-up!

In conclusion, whether you’re looking for the reliable simplicity of Standard V-Belts or the enhanced performance of Cogged V-Belts, MDS of Michigan has you covered. Our wide range of options ensures that you’ll find the perfect belt to keep your machinery running smoothly and efficiently.

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