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Gilmer belt is a trade name for a belt used for transferring power between axles in a machine. The Gilmer belt was originally sold by the L. H. Gilmer company in 1949, and represents one of the earliest toothed belt designs. The belt uses trapezoidal teeth to engage matching grooves on toothed pulleys in order to maintain synchronicity between moving parts.
The Gilmer name is still used by enthusiast circles, including automotive and RC hobbyists. However, the L. H. Gilmer Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Uniroyal in 1940 and Uniroyal Power Transmission was purchased and absorbed by Gates Rubber Company in 1986. Gates no longer sells belts under the Gilmer name.
- Radio controlled cars (especially sedans), in place of a chain or a driveshaft system.
- Automotive valvetrain applications, such as timing belts for driving the camshafts,
- Motorcycle final drives.
- Computer printers with moving print heads may use Gilmer belts to control the motion of the print head(s).
- Synchronous Belts - Part 1 (PDF), Gates Rubber Company, archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-09
- Definition of a Gilmer belt, Isky Racing Cams, archived from the original on 2010-11-24, retrieved 2011-01-16
- Timing Belts (PDF), BSC Solutions
- "Uniroyal to Sell Unit to Gates", The New York Times, 1986-05-22
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