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Forum topic by Ripper70 posted 06-01-2016 02:59 AM 343 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2016 02:59 AM

Hey All,

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.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo


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#1 posted 06-01-2016 03:35 AM

A pulley from any good manufacturer should work just fine provided it’s of the cast iron variety and not a diecast zinc one. The link belts from anyone are typically going to be matched to a certain belt cross section size so the width is the main factor, the angle at which they are cut should be the same for most if not all machines geared toward home owners (industrial stuff can get complicated but not so much with Shop Smith).

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#2 posted 06-01-2016 01:27 PM



A pulley from any good manufacturer should work just fine provided it s of the cast iron variety and not a diecast zinc one.
- bigblockyeti

Thanks for that info. Which manufacturer(s) would you recommend? Also, other than the sellers description of the pulley, how would one recognize the difference between iron and zinc?

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#3 posted 06-01-2016 05:24 PM

Browning, Martin, Maska, Gates & Dodge to name a few decent manufacturers. Cast iron pulleys are painted 99% of the time except for the machined surfaces of the ID, keyway and threaded holes. Zinc have a prominent parting line from the die, are usually shiny and lightweight.

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