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Aside from clocks, watches, stores, and the internet, where is a common place to find tiny metal gears? Answered

im looking for metal gears around the size of a quarter. anybody know where i can find some?

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AndyGadgetBest Answer (author)2009-07-07

Strip down an old VCR or tape deck and you'll find some. Most likely plastic though.

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ohh good one. i have plenty of old vcrs laying around. one question though, whats a tape deck?

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LOL - You're young, aren't you ;¬) It's how we used to play music before CD and MP3 players. There's still a fair few around at car boot sales etc. Do a google image search to see what I'm talking about. (tape deck or cassette player.)

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OHHHH im young but not that young. i just never heard it being called a tape deck before. i used to have a few cassette players of my own. and yeah.. actually lastnight i took apart an old cassette player. only about 3 gears and they were plastic.

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Madrias357 (author)2009-07-22

If you're not afraid of messing a few up while learning, and you only need the gears for looks, painting plastic gears can have a nice effect. Though I've never done it (too much caffeine and I shake, not enough, I shake worse), I've seen it done.

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Aztof (author)2009-07-12

Legos, I have a bunch of old bionicles just lying around, and the gears from those work great

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NobodyInParticular (author)2009-07-06

You can purchase gears from Small Parts and Ebay.

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"Aside from clocks, watches, stores, and the internet". but thanks anyway

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Sorry.

Still not free, but cheap- I would pick up a few pounds of small toys at the local secondhand clearance store.

For free? Try advertising for broken toys on Craig's List or a local newspaper classifieds ad. You may even find someone willing to deliver.

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cool.. and its not about the money. i just want to know if theres something i could possibly have laying around my house that might contain gears. but if i cant find anything i'll take a look at that small parts place you mentioned.

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thermoelectric (author)2009-07-06

Gearboxes out of toys. Although the gears are usually plastic

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yeah. (i just gutted an old hot wheels set and it had loads of plastic gears.) i'll try looking for more though. thanks for answering

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