I have found the following mixture to answer the purpose of a good belt dressing as well as an excellent anti-slip medium for hard-worked leather driving belts: Russian tallow, 1 ounce; best lard oil, 2 ounces; Venice turpentine, 16 ounces. This dressing is good to use on the belts of belt-driven motor cycles. W. R. Bowers.
A good transmission rope dressing is made by melting together 450 pounds of tallow, 33 pounds rosin, 150 pounds beeswax, 20 pounds pine tar, 14 pounds lampblack, and 15 pounds tobacco tin-foil. Pour the mixture in molds to make stock 2½ inches in diameter, and 11 inches long, weighing about 3 pounds each. Use one for about 400 feet of one-inch rope.
New York. Herman Jonson.
A mixture of ¾ oil and ¼ colophony (rosin), will be found to be a very good lubricant for wire ropes such as used on power transmitting and conveying machinery, if applied warm. Boiled linseed oil also answers the same purpose when high speed is required. Max J. Oches.
A great many people think they know how to make a good belt dressing. This accounts for the many poor ones in the market. Here is one that will do about all the good that any of them will and none of the harm to the structure of the belt. Melt a pound of beeswax in a gallon of neatsfoot oil by a gentle heat. The most convenient way to secure a good mixture is to melt the beeswax first, then add the oil slowly, stirring it constantly until it is thoroughly mixed.
Neponset, Mass. Oscar E. Perrigo.