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Should I use a Bronze Bushing or Ball Bearing Pilot Clutch?

clock March 19, 2010 18:14 by author Mach III Clutch

The ball bearing pilot clutch is generally recommended.  Mach III has a variety of ball bearing pilot clutches to choose from:  regular duty end of shaft mount, regular duty through shaft mount, heavy duty end of shaft mount and heavy duty through shaft mount.  Bronze bushing pilot clutches are only appropriate in cases where the speed of the clutch is under 200 RPM and the sprocket or pulley that must be mounted on the pilot is too small for the ball bearing pilot version.  Mach III offers bronze bushing pilot clutches in both end of shaft mount and through shaft mount styles.

Whether using a bronze bushing or ball bearing pilot clutch, properly attaching the pulley or sprocket to the pilot is important if the clutch is to function and wear correctly.  Click here to view Mach III’s eBook on this topic.

How do I machine a sprocket or pulley to mount on a Mach III product?

clock March 11, 2010 22:37 by author Mach III Clutch

The most important thing to know is that you do not have to do this yourself.  Mach III will ship the sprocket or pulley you require pre-mounted on the pilot of the clutch, clutch-brake or torque limiter you’ve ordered.  If this is a replacement or new addition to a Mach III unit you already have, we can supply the sprocket or pulley pre-bored and tapped to fit the pilot.  Contact customer service for  pricing and information.

For those who prefer to machine their own sprockets and pulleys:

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