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Garry Coles17/06/2022 08:04:07
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Hi. Regarding the Stuart Turner governor spring belt. Once you screw the ends together, how do you get them apart again. It seems that when you screw them together the spring opens up slightly, but it seems impossible to unsrew because the spring tightens up. And is there other types of belt that will work as well on this sort of Governor.



Hopper17/06/2022 08:14:20
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Common rubber/neoprene O rings have been used in similar applications. Order by the inside diameter and cross sectional thickness.

Clive Brown 117/06/2022 08:48:52
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On my recently completed ST Williamson I used nitrile o-ring cord from e-bay, about 2mm dia. cut to length and joined with superglue. The joint seems reasonably durable though it's only a dummy govenor and I don't run for extended periods.

Cutting the cord should be done with a scalpel blade or similar to give good square ends.

Garry Coles17/06/2022 13:18:19
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Thanks for the "O" ring idea. I will try that and see what happens.

Jim Nic17/06/2022 18:29:04
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Another option is tape/video recoder drive belts which are flat rubber and thus a little more realistic. Packs of varying sizes are available from that renowned on-line auction site.


bricky18/06/2022 11:03:34
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O my traction engine a 2" Burrell tractor I used a piece of leather fom a handbag strap.The straps are folded over and sown up. unfolded they are thin and are near scale for this application.


bernard towers18/06/2022 11:47:27
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to undo spring belts just put under a bit of tension and unscrew, never had any trouble with mine. you might have been a bit over zealous with your tightening.

Edited By bernard towers on 18/06/2022 11:48:23

Howard Lewis18/06/2022 21:31:15
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Presumably, you want to shorten the spring belt?

If you cut the spring, as close to the tapered end, inside then spring, it ought to be possible to unwind the short end from the tapered end.

Then you can recheck belt length, cut to length and rejoin.



Garry Coles19/06/2022 22:11:56
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Thanks for the ideas. I have ordered some "O" ring and will try this first and if that is no good I will try some of the other ideas.


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