Here at Rubber-Cal we offer custom fabricated woodworking belts for your wide belt sander or woodworking planer. We provide three different types of rough top belts that are specifically designed for use in woodworking machines. The types of woodworking belts offered are the Rough Top Nitrile, Pure Gum, and Carboxylated Nitrile belts. Each one has distinct features that make it unique, but they can all fulfill the needs of every woodworking application. We can fabricate belts to your exact size requirements in either metal lacing or vulcanized joints for installation purposes. Come to us with your specific requirements and we will fabricate woodworking belts for you with quality wear-resistant rubber.
Our different types of rough top belts are meant to transfer wooden materials into a mechanical woodworking planer. They are well suited to this task thanks to their specially designed surface textures that help grip the wood. Wood can be a surprisingly hard product to manage. This is especially true in a large woodworking planer or wide belt sander machine, particularly in an industrial setting, because these machines can have high speeds and usually need to be precise. The material may be conveyed quickly by fast-moving woodworking belts, so it needs to be secure. The surface textures on our woodworking belts will help keep wooden materials in place while they are being transferred through the machine. This will ensure that your job is done smoothly and efficiently.
Rough top belts are so named because of their surface texture. They are coarse and almost sharp to the touch. But this heavy texturing is essential in securing the material on top of them. The texturing on our woodworking belts features raised ridges. One advantage of this in machines such as a woodworking planer or wide belt sander is that material such as wood dust which is produced during the process can fall between the ridges and leave an even and consistent surface on the rough top belts themselves. Each rough and tough rubber conveyor belt material goes into creating rough top belts of highly wear-resistant rubber, providing durability in all settings.
The type of rubber conveyor belt material that goes into woodworking belts is a function of the application. The Brown Rough Top is used on most machines and is a durable and affordable belt. The Pure Gum Belt is applicable when more “grab” is needed from a belt. This lower durometer rubber surface is made with natural rubber and exhibits better flexibility and traction. The Carboxylated Nitrile is recommended for applications that see heavy abuse. Regardless of the application we have the perfect rubber conveyor belt material for your wide belt sander or woodworking planer.
We often employ nitrile rubber in our synthetic woodworking belts. One iteration is our rough top nitrile belt. Meant for more industrial use, it features a rough textured surface that provides good grip for the wooden materials placed on it. The big advantage it has over its pure gum counterpart is that it features an excellent degree of resistance against oils and chemicals. This can be especially important for woodworking belts used in industrial machines, due to the potentially-harmful substances that are often present in these environments. The second type of rubber conveyor belt material that we offer is made of pure gum rubber. The surfaces of rough top belts made of gum rubber tend to be stickier than their synthetic rubber counterparts. Natural gum rubber by itself is fairly sticky, so this quality is still there when the rubber is used for woodworking belts. The third style, Blue Carboxylated Nitrile, is really a specialty belt used in areas that abuse the belt’s textured surface and require a more wear-resistant rubber material. Hence this belt is more abrasion resistant and exhibits better durability.
During the fabrication process, we can make the woodworking belts for your wide belt sander in either a vulcanized layer form or a metal-laced form. These forms have to do with the installation method of the rubber conveyor belt material. When the material is vulcanized, it is put into layers that appear as a loop. This allows for the woodworking belts to have a more uniform surface texture, but will require you to disassemble your machine in order to install the belt.
It is crucial to have the right kind of wear-resistant rubber for your wide belt sander. Every woodworking planer needs a reliable conveyor belt that will help keep the wooden material going into the machine in place. Rubber is the ideal component to use as rough top belts because it is sticky enough to hold wood in place. It can also come with specially designed surface textures that improve its already natural levels of grip. If you need solid, dependable woodworking belts, come to us with your exact specifications and we will custom fabricate the rubber conveyor belt material for you.
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Tension Rating PIW
Top Cover Thickness
Top Cover Finish
Temperature Range Min.
Temperature Range Max.
Min. Pulley Diameter
Approx. Wt. per Sq. Ft. (lbs.)
Coefficient of Friction
Red/Brown Nitrile Rough Top
Light Industrial & Automation Belts when Oil is Present
Up to 35 degrees
Amber Pure Gum Rough Top
Light Industrial & Automation Incline Service (FDA)
Amber Pure Gum
Up to 35 degrees
Blue Carboxylated Nitrile Rough Top
Polyester Nylon Treated
Light Industrial & Automation Belts and when Oil is Present
Blue Carboxylated Nitrile
Up to 35 degrees
Minimum Friction Surface