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Bill
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Clutch
Well guess it had to happen sooner or later . Started to saw yesterday and the blade quit spinning as soon as it got into the wood with a little investigation figured it was the clutch. Pulled it off and there's no sign of a keyway slot in the clutch or any sign of the keyway stock. How it's been sawing at all I have no idea but I'm now shopping for a new clutch. I'd like to just phone up Norwood and order one but there's none listed on their site and the last time I seen one seems they wanted $200 more than anyone else. I'm having trouble trying to figure out how it spun the keyway out of the clutch but I guess these things happen.
r.garrison1
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If you do a search for 'kohler engine centrifugal clutch belt drive', you will find a couple options. Northern Tool has one.
Bill
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Thank you I'll check them out.
eddiemac
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So, what did you do? I ask because I know I'll someday be faced with the same situation.
countryboymike
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Murphy did it!!! am sure that all of you know about Murphy,s Law! Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Murphy and all his/her/the whole clan camp out somewhere around here.
Bill
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The quickest way it seemed I could get one and the price was competitive was from Norwood. I ordered it and was suppose to arrive yesterday by UPS but hasn't showen up. I spent a lot of time on hold when I phoned Norwwod left my no. a few times and no one got back to me so I emailed them and a day or so later Tom phoned me and took the order. They sent it promptly but UPS seems to have a hold up.
Bill
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Update now UPS tracking says it will be here thur. the 17th before the end of the day. Cost $319.20 double the price of a clutch for the last 1 ton truck I had :o).
r.garrison1
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Well, maybe next time you can put in a clutch from an old Oldsmobile or something. While you're at it, upgrade the engine to a Rocket 88 engine; they were pretty nice engines.
Bill
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OK my wining is over new clutch installed and all is well once again. Actual cost of clutch was $227 Canadian + tax and shipping. I had them send a new belt and key-way so that added to the price. The new clutch is 1/4" smaller than the old one so takes a BP91 instead of 92. With the tensioner slacked right off it was a tight fit but the tension is about right. To allow a 1/16" slack front and back I added a thin shim to the motor shaft behind the clutch and 2- 1/8 " to the front. Necessary or not I don't know. Took me a while to re-aline the tensioner so the belt would run true without twisting on the drive wheel , put a blade on made a few cuts and I'm happy.

Bill
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I was sawing today and discovered the tensioner is now lower with the PB91 belt so I suggest anyone with a LM2000 try using the BP 92 the tensioner if they replace the clutch. May be able to take up enough slack in the belt to work. It has to be bottomed out for the 91.

r.garrison1
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Here's a thought, Bill. Can you move the tensioner inboard a little, and shim it up? I'm thinking that simply moving it inboard about an inch and lifting it would allow you to cut full width and full depth.
Bill
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Good thought I'll take a look at it today.
kirk
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That looks like a old mill bill, i don't have a oil filter on my kholer 14hp, but your roller brackets look like they are much stronger than mine on my lm29. I been meaning to ask you about that cooks sharpener do you like it, and does it sharpen like they say on their website. I need to invest in a better sharpener, with the wood shortage here in the north east i have been sawing crazy. Red cedar boards are a hot cake getting $2.50 a board ft. Maple slabs $2.25 a board ft. and pine boards $0.85 a board ft.I have some cherry to mill. My brother in law bought a slab of cherry 2 inches thick 15 inches wide 5 feet long $60.00 a piece.If I figured it right about $4.25 a board ft.Thinking on retiring from the concrete business and start milling full time. HA HA don't think the wife will approve.
Bill
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I'm still on a bit of a learning curve Kirk when it comes to shaping the stone and making the adjustments for light grinds. I've done 6 or 7 blades so far and they cut fine but they cut well with the Norwood sharpener as well. It's nice that once it's going I can leave it and do something else. Sounds like your doing well with your mill, my orders come in waves there are a lot of mills in this area and from the adds I see some charge an arm and a leg others sell far to cheap to make any money. Best of luck on what ever you decide.
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