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Can't find replacement belt for Zach & Dani's coffee roaster

We bought a Zach & Dani's coffee roaster (now Nesco Roaster) about six years ago. It worked great until the belt that drives the motor broke. Nesco took over Zach & Dani's and they don't appear to sell a replacement belt. If I can replace the belt, the roaster will work again. Any ideas on where to purchase a replacement belt?

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  • justlookn Mar 16, 2009

    Same thing, belt broke. Called Nesco and they will not sell the belt. For $10.00 labor and whatever the belt costs, the gal did not know, and shipping in both directions and at least a 3 week turnaround Nesco/American Harvest will repair it. Something about it being 'an internal part' and their insurance won't allow them to sell any internal parts......

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After we got over our anger of Nesco/American Harvest using 'insurance reasons' for not selling the drive belt to repair our roaster, we went to Office Max and purchased a bag of (10 @ $2.44) Alliance 'X-Treme' file bands (good ol rubber bands) they are 7" stretchable in size, and these particular ones are the new EPDM formula, which adds durability, last longer and is latex free so they don't dry out. This was extremely easy to fix vs packing and sending the complete unit to WI and then paying twenty some dollars for repair and waiting three weeks plus for return not to mention postage to and from. I've roasted three batches (including testing) so far and we are on the same rubber band. Works very well for us

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