The XL timing belt is used in a variety of applications, but to the general public, it is perhaps best known as the timing belt of choice for many models of vehicles. It is classed as an English pitch timing belt and can be made from a variety of materials including polyurethane, urethane, and silicon.
However, these belts are also used in other equipment and systems, and they should be designed to meet the specific needs of the application. They are found as both single-sided closed belts as well as open-ended timing belts with the XL profile available in a variety of widths and pitch lengths.
The pitch length will also include a specific number of trapezoidal teeth per inch. The longer the pitch length, the higher the number of teeth to allow for even distribution of the weight across the belt for longer life and less stretch to the belt.
The Benefits of the XL Profile
One of the most obvious benefits of choosing an XL timing belt as an OEM is the ability to use any XL belt with a standard timing belt pulley. The profile of each tooth is carefully designed to match with the industry standard belt pulley design, allowing for easy replacement of the belt if needed.
The use of the pronounced teeth with the timing belt adds to the performance of the belt. The tooth shape is essential to maintain the belt’s shape, allowing for very limited slippage even when under load.
The teeth fit into the pulley to allow for steady, controlled movement. They also require low tension on the belt with this feature, which further extends the life of the belt.
With the option to produce these belts with different colors, different structural reinforcement in the belt and even different materials, OEMs can find the right match for any type of working requirements.