# V-belt Size Chart

Figure 1: A banded v-belt.

A v-belt size chart is a convenient resource to have on hand when v-belt replacement is necessary. Through use, a v-belt's label can wear off, making it difficult to identify quickly. This article provides assistance using v-belt size charts that detail a v-belt's top width, height, and how to determine a belt's part number based on the outside or inside circumference.

## V-belt top width and depth

As discussed in our v-belt overview article, many different v-belt designs exist. While there are some size similarities between different v-belt sections, there are enough differences to make it difficult to remember the sizes of all the belts.

To determine a v-belt's designation, first determine its section (e.g., A section, BB section, 5V section). To do this, measure the belt's top width and depth. For example, the following measurements designate a Z section v-belt:

• Top width: 10 mm (3/8")
• Height: 6 mm (1/4")

For v-belt size conversion, Table 1 lists metric and imperial measurements for many common v-belt sections. Figure 2 displays the dimensions graphically.

Table 1: V-belt sizes for many common v-belt sections.

 Section Top width (mm) Top width (in) Height (mm) Height (in) Standard v-belts Z 10 3/8" 6 1/4" A 13 1/2" 8 5/16" B 17 21/32" 11 13/32" C 22 7/8" 14 17/32" D 32 1-1/4" 19 3/4" E 40 1-1/2" 25 29/32" Narrow v-belts 3V 9.7 3/8" 8 5/16" 5V 15.8 5/8" 14 17/32" 8V 25.4 1" 23 7/8" Wedge v-belts SPZ 9.7 3/8" 8 5/16" SPA 12.7 1/2" 10 3/8" SPB 17 21/32" 13 1/2" SPC 22 7/8" 18 11/16" Hexagonal / Double v-belts AA 13 1/2" 10 3/8" BB 17 21/32" 13 1/2" CC 22 7/8" 17 21/32" Fractional horsepower v-belts 2L 6.4 1/4" 3.2 5/32" 3L 9.5 3/8" 5.6 7/32" 4L 12.7 1/2" 7.9 5/16" 5L 16.7 21/32" 9.5 3/8"

Figure 2: Design and sizes of common v-belt sections. Measurements are in millimeters and inches.

## V-belt circumference

A v-belt's label designates its inner circumference. For example, an A20 v-belt is an A section belt with a 20-inch inner circumference. However, without a label, the outer circumference must be measured first to learn the inner circumference. Read our article on v-belt replacement to learn how to measure the outer circumference.

Table 2 shows how the inner or outer circumference of a v-belt can further specify the belt's designation. In Table 2, the values for outer circumference, inner circumference, and v-belt designation are examples. There are many possible values.

The variables in Table 2 are:

• Ci: Inner circumference
• Co: Outer circumference
• k: constant to subtract

Table 2: Determining a v-belt's designation using outer or inner circumference.

 Section Equation Outer circumference Constant to subtract Inner circumference V-belt designation Z Ci = Co - k 21.5" 1.5" 20" Z20 A 24" 2" 22" A22 B 26" 3" 23" B23 C 30" 4" 26" C26 D 35" 5" 30" D30 E 40" 6" 34" E34 SPZ 625 mm 13 mm 612 mm SPZ612 SPA 750 mm 18 mm 732 mm SPA732 SPB 1422 mm 22 mm 1400 mm SPB1400 SPC 2030 mm 30 mm 2000 mm SPC2000 AA 30" 2" 28" AA28 BB 33" 3" 30" BB30 CC 40" 4" 36" CC36 3V C0 X 10 50" - - 3V500 5V 60" - - 3V600 8V 75" - - 3V750 2L 20" - - 2L200 3L 30" - - 3L300 4L 40" - - 4L400 5L 50" - - 5L500

Other letters further indicate a v-belt's construction. Still, these do not impact how the outer or inner circumferences determine part of a v-belt's designation. For example, the letter X indicates that a v-belt is cogged. So an AX22 belt is a cogged A section v-belt with an inner circumference of 22 inches and an outer circumference of 24 inches.

## Banded v-belts

Banded v-belts follow the same designation rules as other v-belts. However, the top width and height designation is for a single band. Also, the designation includes a number that indicates the number of bands. For example, a 2/BX23 v-belt has 2 bands. Each band is cogged and has a top width of 17 mm and a height of 11 mm. Finally, this v-belt has an inner circumference of 23 inches and an outer circumference of 26 inches.

## FAQs

### How do you know what size v-belt to get?

To get the proper replacement of a v-belt, measure the used v-belt's top width, height, and outer circumference. For example, a 3L400 v-belt has a 9.5 mm top width, 5.6 mm height, and a 40 inch (1016 mm) outer circumference.

### What are the different v-belt sizes?

There are many different v-belt sizes. Some common sizes are standard (Z, A, B, C, D, E), narrow (3V, 5V, 8V), wedge (SPZ, SPA, SPB, SPC), hexagonal (AA, BB, CC), and fractional horsepower (2L, 3L, 4L, 5L).