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bshifflett
04-02-2013, 02:34 PM
I seem to not be able to find a pulley at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace hardware or Orchard Supply around here. ANy ideas or links to ones you guys are using? This is the last part I need to buy to finish the build. Was hoping to pick one up locally. What is the smallest size you got away with getting?

trikedoc
04-02-2013, 03:28 PM
Find a lawnmower shop. The pulley in the warrior plans is a 1/2" v-belt 2 3/4" to 3 1/2" diameter metal idler pulley.
Al

darnthedog
04-02-2013, 04:48 PM
A riding lawn mower shop is best- however Sears may have the pulleys your looking for.

trikedoc
04-02-2013, 05:15 PM
If you have a TSC near by. http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/phoenix-light-duty-steel-v-idler-pulley-3-8-in-bore-2-5-8-in-od?cm_vc=-10005

Evox_Rider
04-17-2013, 10:44 PM
Not having much luck finding those idler pulleys here in North Bay either...Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Home Depot...nada. Tried turning a plastic caster down on the drill press ( screwdriver to make the groove, but thats not working so hot).

edspedalcars
04-17-2013, 11:13 PM
Try using a rat tail file instead of a screw driver.

I'm not sure exactly what pulley you're trying for, but I bought a 3 ", garage door opener pulley. It should work, but it's not nylon.

If need, order it online and pickup at store. I got mine at Lowes, but Home Depot also has them.

(Online) HD is showing 6 styles. Lowes is showing just 1.

Just a thought

ED

Evox_Rider
04-17-2013, 11:23 PM
Try using a rat tail file instead of a screw driver.

I'm not sure exactly what pulley you're trying for, but I bought a 3 ", garage door opener pulley. It should work, but it's not nylon.

Just a thought

ED
I did see those in store, but thought the opening would be too narrow for the chain, since its meant to run cable. I need to get myself a bit longer bolt to fit into my drill press, only one I had that was 3/8" was bit too short to stay chucked. The 3/8" bolt isn't quite a snug fit in the bore of the caster either but best I could come up with. Almost thinking of boring the hole out bigger and try to press a bearing into it..

edspedalcars
04-17-2013, 11:58 PM
I found the same thing, but for $4.50, I tried it. I had to massage it slightly (spread it) and found it would work just fine. I haven't actually mounted it yet, but I did secure it and try it with my chain. Seemed OK, to me.

I'm using the 3/32 size chain.

As I said Lowes only had the one. My HD is crossed the street from Lowes, so for myself anyway, I'm going to check out the other styles, that were referenced online, to see if there is any differences. Same item, but different manufacturers, could mean subtle differences, that may work in ones favor.

Not sure how desperate your situation really is, but if you're looking for nylon/plastic, then look at small wheels that have nylon/plastic wheels. Cut the tire part off, and you're left with a pulley, sort of.

Or find different size washers and make your own pulley.

Just had another thought. I used to do appliance repair. Check your local appliance repair shop, or repair handyman. They may have something that will be just right. A lot of washers/dryer, dishwashers use pulley's.

HTH, Ed

darnthedog
04-18-2013, 06:55 AM
Another couple alternatives is amazon, eBay, any online riding lawn mower or appliance parts supplier. Got mine from a online lawn tractor supply. Hope that helps.

Evox_Rider
04-18-2013, 08:12 AM
every day now since taking up the hobby of playing with metal, I am seeing how nice it would be to have a metal lathe. And I thought woodworking was a costly hobby...lol

Tradetek
04-18-2013, 10:40 AM
every day now since taking up the hobby of playing with metal, I am seeing how nice it would be to have a metal lathe. And I thought woodworking was a costly hobby...lol

Ditto Evox!!!

bambuko
04-18-2013, 12:33 PM
every day now since taking up the hobby of playing with metal, I am seeing how nice it would be to have a metal lathe...

You will never regret investing money into a lathe! (if your budget stretches that far :cheesy:)

...and if you do, you can follow this design for pulleys:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WnyXpzC8WV8/UWHB8TbbxeI/AAAAAAAANe0/YapsDkhu40w/s800/diy_idler%2520Model%2520%25281%2529.jpg

and here installed on my LWB:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-d3SzBBBFiXg/UW7ZejjHTQI/AAAAAAAANl4/Oil02qFn41U/s800/IMG_6884.jpg

Not quite Terracycle, but seem to be working fine (btw made from Acetal rather than Nylon - the latter is usually bit too soft, and I used recycled sprockets from an old cassette).

Evox_Rider
04-18-2013, 12:40 PM
Was looking at the B2229 combo mill/lathe at BusyBee...that would be a sweet little unit...alas lottery tickets never seem to pan out so far :(

adrian
04-18-2013, 12:41 PM
I used John Deere part number GX20286 (http://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-V-Idler-Pulley-GX20286.html) for my bike (http://www.brennans.net/adrian/bike/). Easy to find at a local mower dealer, inexpensive, and they work a treat.

Cheers,
-Adrian

edspedalcars
04-18-2013, 01:54 PM
Evox-

Just a pic or two, (OK, four) showing how my 'garage door pulley', works, using a 3/32 chain.

Enjoy, Ed

SirJoey
04-18-2013, 03:08 PM
I always used these:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#v-belt-pulleys/=mdm1rj

You'll have to do a search for part # 6234K57

Hope this helps. :)



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Evox_Rider
04-18-2013, 04:40 PM
I used John Deere part number GX20286 (http://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-V-Idler-Pulley-GX20286.html) for my bike (http://www.brennans.net/adrian/bike/). Easy to find at a local mower dealer, inexpensive, and they work a treat.

Cheers,
-Adrian
I picked one of these up at lawn mower place, but wow, need a massive bolt on them babies eh, was hoping for something bit smaller bore but was getting to end of my luck for nobody in town had anything else.

Ibedayank
04-19-2013, 03:51 AM
.670 inch is 17mm mighty odd size to find a bolt that fits tight

arms10
04-19-2013, 06:46 AM
I always used these:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#v-belt-pulleys/=mdm1rj

You'll have to do a search for part # 6234K57



I used a similar one from the same source, the 6234K55

adrian
04-19-2013, 11:24 AM
I picked one of these up at lawn mower place, but wow, need a massive bolt on them babies eh, was hoping for something bit smaller bore but was getting to end of my luck for nobody in town had anything else.

I used these Princess Auto bushings (http://www.princessauto.com/pal/product/8070666/Idler/3/8-in.-x-17-mm-Bushings) to get it down to 3/8" which is manageable.

Cheers,
-Adrian

nemo
04-19-2013, 10:05 PM
I recently found this little baby on a tractor parts website. I haven't tried it yet but I just ordered 2 off amazon for $20 (including shipping. $8 if you have free shipping) just copy and paste and it should come up for you. V-idler JOHN DEERE/GX20286. Also here http://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-V-Idler-Pulley--GX20286_p_892.html for specs. I'm new to building bikes and have never used these. I'll let you know how it goes when I get them on my warrior trike.
6949
2.840-inch effective diameter

0.670-inch bore

0.510-inch groove width

Nylon

savarin
04-19-2013, 10:30 PM
check out fan belt idlers at your local wreckers or make one
http://forum.atomiczombie.com/showthread.php/6078-Making-a-chain-pulley-with-bearings?highlight=