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Old 12-05-2013, 04:34 PM
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Default Oversized Pulley Bore Hole

What would happen if the bore hole of a pulley in a conveyor was significantly larger than the shaft like in the figure below:

I would imagine if the RPM was high, the whole system would shake violently. However, what if the RPM was around 30 RPM. Would the conveyor still function properly? At such low speeds I feel like it would still work, however, I have never seen something like this in the industrial world which is why I am curious.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:50 PM
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If it is an idler it will flop around until self destruction. If it is a driver then the shaft spin and wear itself a groove through the side.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:55 PM
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What are the dimensions of the shaft and the bore?

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Old 12-05-2013, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by milomilo View Post
What are the dimensions of the shaft and the bore?
The shaft diameter is approximately 1 inch and the bore is approximately 2 inches.
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:25 PM
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I made a tension pulley for one once similar to the drawing.
I used 1" pipe ang 1/2" round bar stock. Ran for a couple years
in a factory setting not sure if its still there or not. FYI the conveyor
wasn't in constant motion and thr "pulley was at about 40-60 rpm.

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Old 12-05-2013, 08:28 PM
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At low speeds, the behaviour may just be to roll on the shaft IF the tension is just right.

Even so, with such large clearance, the behaviour of the pulley wheel will be unpredictable. Hopping, flopping side to side, etc may happen depending on the dynamic load fluctuations.

Better to just put in a 1x2 bushing imho....
Design to 0.001", measure to 1/32", cut with an axe, grind to fit..
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