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16-12-2009, 02:50 PM
Afternoon All
Not sure if this exisits or not, but i wanted some T-Slotted channel to mount an electric motor and will in turn allow me to tension a chain. I've seen similar stuff in aluminium for wood working tools but dont think it will be quite strong enough as its a start motor that i'm mounting so maybe steel is the only option. To take 6 or 8mm bolts. and about 25mm wide.
Does anyone know of anything? Need about 300mm of it.

Looks like this http://www.ptreeusa.com/ttrackproducts.htm


17-12-2009, 11:10 AM
I assume the idea is to slide the motor in the channel to adjust tension? What is the motor fixing, a flange? If so, can you figidly fix one mounting point and use a slotted arm for the other, will be easier to fabricate in ali (unless you are tensioning to several kN, which I doubt)

17-12-2009, 12:02 PM
yeah i'd considered that and had thought of other ecentric type adjustment as it is flange mounted, the trouble id that the end of the shaft needs to sit in a pillow block bearing, so i thought i could perhaps mount both the bearing and motor on the channel and slide up and down to tension.

I've been searching all night and other than making a one off bit of channel it looks like too much effort, i've though about making a spring loaded tensioner instead, not quite what i'd like but beggers cant be choosers

17-12-2009, 12:10 PM
How big is the sprocket? Could you mount the motor and pillow block on a plate slotted to clear the sprocket/chain and the edge of the plate rotate on a rod and locked by an arm as before?

17-12-2009, 06:43 PM
How about unistrut?
It's ugly stuff (only pressed metal) and not very "CNC", but it might do the job. (it'd fit right at home on my machine!)