Friday, June 17, 2005
Earlier this week after contacting a bunch of suppliers, I gave up trying to find a good source of gearing, but all is not lost. A lot of gearing can be found in old equipment. The older the equipment, generally the better -- they used to build things really well. Daisy-wheel and similar printers are about the best but an old dead laser printer or even a VCR will likely be a source of something usable.
At this stage without a reliable and repeatable source of affordable gears, I'm going to get the parts from scrap since I already have quite a bit. You can get old broken printers and VCRs for a few dollars. The downside is that the entire machine won't be exactly repeatable, but will still work with other gearing with very minor modifications.