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Hi everyone, Bill here, from Pulaski, NY, located off the east end of Lake Ontario. We are known as the snow belt because we can go to bed at night with a green lawn and wake up to 3 to 4 feet of snow in the morning. That Is A Fact of both history and the present. But we stay! Anyway, I am retired from both the paper industry and the medical industry. I'm also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving 12 years. My wood working is, basically, just getting started but I have dabbled in it for most of my life. I love wood turning and I have a Sears Router Crafter I would like to learn to use. However, I have one broken pulley and Sears no longer carries parts for this thing. Can anyone out there tell me where to get parts so I can carry on? By the way I am 67 years old and having the time of my life in retirement. The only thing collecting on me is saw dust. I say I'm retired but I'm really not. I'm busier now then ever but I'm having a ball. Well if anyone can help I would appreciate it. Thanks, Bill
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Hi Bill and welcome to the forum. You could try a bearing supply store or power transmission supply. They might have something you could make work. Another option is having someone make a pulley out of aluminum, brass, steel, or a turn-able plastic. They don't look very hard to make.

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Hello Bill,

I just gave a router crafter away to a fellow in Camden NY. Wish I could help.


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Welcome Bill. I was recently googling for ideas about making a new crank handle for my router crafter, and I saw where someone had some success using the rollers out of a hardware package for a sliding closet door. I guess you could remove the pulley and take it with you to a home center and find a match.
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Hi Bill. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

I have a friend in Mexico,NY and I can't BELIEVE the amount of snow he gets in that area. The pics he has sent me are amazing!!

Sorry, can't help much for RouterCrafter parts.... craigslist might be an option. Maybe you can find a cheap one, or one that someone is selling for parts.


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I don't think handles for these are real complicated. I've always just grabbed my 1/2" ratchet and an extension and, for the small amount of turning I had to do, even doing dowels, that method worked fine.

I just went out to the shop and peeked. If you want a crank handle, it may be no more complicated than grabbing a five inch long, two inch wide piece of 3/4" ply, putting a handle near the end of one side and a 1/2" socket extension on the other side, at the end opposite the handle (again, near the edge).

Attaching the socket extension would be the most complicated thing, but could be as simple as drilling a hole the same diameter as the female end of the extension, then taping it into it.

The extension could be held in place by drilling holes that would allow you to run screws through the extension walls of the female end, so they'd go into the plywood.

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