View Full Version : I Wonder Who Made This Pulley Assembly

john hobdeclipe
06-13-2019, 07:17 PM
This pulley was rigged to the back of an old Benchmaster mill. I like the way it separates into two pieces; I assume the maker supplied different, interchangeable sizes of both large and small pulleys. No markings anywhere to indicate who made this. The thread is 1-1/2" - 16tpi and this one has a bronze bushing with 9/16 bore.




It looks like a versatile design. I haven't seen anything like this listed anywhere, but I may not have looked everywhere. Any ideas?

Mr Fixit
06-13-2019, 07:21 PM
Possibly the PO did it for some reason. The large pully looks like what comes as the driven pully for a clothes dryer and maybe that is what the PO started with?
Just me thinking outside of the box on this one !

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Chris :)

06-14-2019, 04:53 PM
Won't it unscrew when turning one direction?

06-14-2019, 05:06 PM
That is a pulley out of a cloths dryer. Used one to make a jack shaft for my 1912 Peerless flat belt converted hack saw.

06-14-2019, 05:59 PM
/\/\/\ Ditto, I use one of those pulleys as a speed reducer on my 12" Craftsman bandsaw when using a metal-cutting blade on steel.

The dryers with them were probably made in the early '60s, since I found one in a dump in the late '70s. They lasted longer back then.

06-14-2019, 06:38 PM
The pulley looks like one that came off an old electric cement mixer.


Tundra Twin Track
06-15-2019, 12:40 AM
There a lot of those combinations on Combine grain Harverters,not threaded but bolted or casted together usally cast iron.

06-15-2019, 04:40 AM
A real nice work up. That sheave looks kinda nice and old. I like it. JR

06-15-2019, 08:17 AM
Probably Chicago Diecast-


They are responsible for a lot of the diecast parts in this world.

06-15-2019, 09:06 PM
Just took a 45 year old Maytag washer off line. Only repair--- belts not available anymore, made a bigger idler to accommodate next size belt.

john hobdeclipe
06-17-2019, 08:35 PM
OK, so it's most likely repurposed from an appliance. That would explain the lack of any branding anywhere.

Here, I thought it was part of something like a "universal pulley system" that would include various sizes of large pulley, various sizes of small pulley, thread direction options, etc.