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We want to help you learn everything you need to know when purchasing the right pulleys and gears for your applications. That’s why we created a blog to answer some of your most crucial questions related to the products or the industry in general. Relying on over 90 years of combined experience, we offer industry-specific details and tips to help you stay informed.

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Sheave vs Pulley: What is the Difference?

Do you consistently struggle to differentiate between pulleys and sheaves? You are not alone! Which do you need for your damaged lawnmower? Which piece is right for the critical assembly line component that just broke? Confusion can be heightened when both terms are applied to seemingly similar products. While it may seem as if the…

What is a Drive Pulley?

While perusing our pulley stock, you may have seen or heard of drive pulleys before. Or perhaps the only reason you know what you are looking at is because a mechanic told you it was the thing that broke. Either way, drive pulleys are a critical component of many common household machines, making it important…

How to Measure Your Pulley for a Replacement Part

Do you know how to accurately measure your pulley for a replacement part? When the time comes to replace your important equipment, a solid understanding of basic measurement procedures is invaluable. In the content below, we walk through the most common pulley measurements and how to accurately gather these dimensions when a precise replacement is…

How Do I Know When to Replace My Timing Belt?

In a variety of applications, rubber timing belts serve a critical purpose: synchronizing movement in a pulley system. One of the most common applications of the timing belt is within vehicle engines, synchronizing action between the camshaft and crankshaft. Within an automobile, a properly functioning timing belt is absolutely critical – in fact, a failed…

Sheave vs Pulley: What is the Difference?

Do you consistently struggle to differentiate between pulleys and sheaves? You are not alone! Which do you need for your damaged lawnmower? Which piece is right for the critical assembly line component that just broke? Confusion can be heightened when both terms are applied to seemingly similar products. While it may seem as if the…

  • Illinois Pulley & Gear has provided precision machining services for us for over 5 years.  They have been consistently reliable, professional, and flexible from quoting to manufacturing and delivery.
    Eric BroseProject Manager, Technico Precision Manufacturing, Inc.
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