|Forum topic by Ripper70||posted 06-01-2016 02:59 AM||388 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-01-2016 02:59 AM
After reading allot of positive reviews, I just purchased a Shopsmith Pro Planer. It’s the stand alone type with the 1 1/2 h.p. motor. Unfortunately, it arrived a little worse for wear and now the main motor pulley is bent. It’s a 5” spoke type steel pulley and the package included a cog style v-belt.
Here’s what I’m thinking. I could replace the pulley with an OEM part ($30) or I could replace it with a 5” third party pulley, probably for less. Also, I’ve had good luck with the link-belts from Harbor Freight. I’ve put them on my saw, drill press, lathe, etc. I’m not sure if the Shopsmith planer pulleys are incompatible with the link-belts or if I would need to replace the motor pulley and the 3” cutter head pulley to use a link-belt. Or maybe the link-belt isn’t a good option for the machine. (So much to know, so little time to learn it all.)
I know that the pulley set can make or break a machine’s performance but I’m not sure what the best choice would be in my circumstance.
Any advice on the best way to proceed would be greatly appreciated.
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