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PostSubject: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 19th 2017, 8:12 pm

Has anyone tried a chain and sprocket steering setup on there mower?  chain and sprocket steering 102878487




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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 19th 2017, 8:19 pm

I havnt... but think Ill have to do something like that to save some space...

Id be curious if anyone else has, and if theyve had any troubles with it...
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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 19th 2017, 8:28 pm

Ive thought of doing it before but never tried.

Some vintage tractor, I forget which, used a static chain and a gear rode against it to turn a single front wheel. Was pretty neat, wish I snagged a pic when i seen it.


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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 19th 2017, 8:49 pm

Doug wrote:
Ive thought of doing it before but never tried.

Some vintage tractor, I forget which, used a static chain and a gear rode against it to turn a single front wheel. Was pretty neat, wish I snagged a pic when i seen it.
The old steam tractors used this kind of chain steering.

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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 19th 2017, 9:06 pm

Yeah those old girls where usually all setup something like that. Really low ratio too, they gotta turn the steering wheel like a hundred times to get 'er to fully turn, hahaha!


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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 20th 2017, 8:23 pm

No this was different, it used roller chain welded in a half moon and had a gear turn around it.


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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 20th 2017, 8:47 pm

Was it a Ridemaster?


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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 21st 2017, 9:36 pm

I tried running a roller chain on motors the way you are suggesting with the steering, a couple of times. I had to keep the chain really tight or would come off, and when the chain did stay on the sprockets you can hear the chain popping while it would come onto the sprocket because of the droop in the chain. Very unsettling noise it made. Ended up switching to belts both times I did it. I guess chains don't like running sideways.
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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 23rd 2017, 1:44 pm

Hillbilly Homer wrote:
Was it a Ridemaster?


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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 23rd 2017, 5:40 pm

Hillbilly Homer wrote:
Was it a Ridemaster?

No Neutral Not remembering is really bugging me lol.


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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 23rd 2017, 7:36 pm

One of the things i am concerned about is getting weeds,sticks and stuff in between the chain and sprockets.
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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeJanuary 23rd 2017, 7:58 pm

Could make a chain guard. Find some U channel aluminum, cut wedges out so you can bend it around.


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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2017, 2:41 pm

Hillbilly Homer wrote:
Has anyone tried a chain and sprocket steering setup on there mower?  chain and sprocket steering 102878487


yes works well the trick is to have a plate covering the sprocket, like a cover, and keep it well oiled.




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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2017, 2:49 pm

Thank you Sir Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: chain and sprocket steering   chain and sprocket steering Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2017, 3:30 pm

The cable style boat steering works good if you have cable guides to keep them in the pulley
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