Mini- Motor Gear Pulling




About: Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter, the one of us who soonest finds the strength to rise must help the other. - Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

When harvesting d.c. motors from drills, printers, and other sources, I like to start with a clean slate and that entails removing the press fit ends of the shafts which usually have a pinion gear or belt drive spline. Pulling them off without damaging the bearings, shaft, mounting screws etc. is made easy by using a piece of scrap square tube as a custom sized gear puller.

Step 1: Drill and Tap

At an appropriate distance from the tube end, I drilled a centered and square through hole for a 3mm tap size, flipping the work I then counter- drilled a larger clearance hole for a 4mm rod on what was to become the bottom of the tool. I then hacksawed the land material away so only a parallel slot was left. I finished the tool by tapping the smaller upper hole for 3mm threads, this being a good size to push against the 4mm motor shaft end.

Step 2: Turn It Off

Liberating it was as simple as sliding the motor into the slot and turning the press screw down on the shaft end until the pinion was freed, really quite simple and easy to do and, if I had an occasion to, I could easily press fit the part back on with no harm done.



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    6 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Very good idea!!


    1 year ago

    I love simple solutions, especially the ones I can implement myself quickly. I tend to overthink things but this is a simple, elegant solution to a frequently bothersome issue. Thanks!


    1 year ago

    Brilliant! Your idea is not only great for your purpose, but can be modified for different sizes. Just get larger square stock and larger screws.


    1 year ago

    Excellent tip! I have many salvaged motors and this will be of great help. Well done

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