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Idler Bushings

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

posted by Michael at 2:28 PM

Some belt drives require the use of an idler sprocket whether it’d be for tensioning or achieving sufficient belt wrap.

Gates does offer a handful of idler sprockets assemblies, however depending on the pitch and the width of the belt, there can be few options.

Gates also offers a number of idler bushings (see below) to allow for more flexibility when choosing idler sprocket tooth counts and widths. We offer idler bushings in both QD and TaperLock styles. Both assemblies are compatible with our idler bracket options.

If you are in need for a larger idler sprocket or have an old sprocket you want to reuse as an idler, our idler bushings may be for you.

For additional information on this or any other topic please contact Gates Product Application Engineering by phone at 303-744-5800 or by email at


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