Drive Pulley for Chandler and Price 10 x 15 OS

I am working on setting up a 10 x 15 C & P to run on a variable speed motor.

The press itself is missing the drive pulley on the right side that would normally hold a flat belt. I hate to run the press on the flywheel, and so I’d like to find a replacement for the pulley. I dug around on the internet for something, with no luck. My current plan is to buy a v-belt pulley from McMaster-Carr, and to use that along with a v-belt to attach the motor.

The motor itself came to me with another press, an 8 x 12 C&P. With that press, it ran off the flywheel with a 1” flat belt. I imagine I will have to replace the pulley on that as well in order to accommodate a v-belt.

I guess my question is whether anyone has done this, and whether the idea is sound.



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I just did a search for “v belt pulley” on this site, and 166 results came up. This has been discussed here many times. Just do the same search (or a similar one with other related key words), and sift through the information, and I’m sure you will find the info you need.

Thanks, Geoffrey,

I didn’t search v belt pulley, only drive pulley, so I didn’t see those. I guess in my ideal world what I was hoping to find was a pulley to attach to the press that would work as it originally did. I searched McMaster and a few other places, but can’t find anything with a correct shaft diameter. I was hoping someone might know of something.

I certainly don’t want to waste anyone’s time.


Flat belt power transmission is pretty old style. It works just fine, but has pretty much been overtaken by V belts. Search your yellow pages for Motion Industries, (or search on the internet) They will have everything you need to go either flat or V belt. The press does not care.
If you are using about a 1/2 H.P. motor from an 8 x 12, it is a bit small to get the press started. It will keep it running. Run your variable speed controller up high. Start the motor and give the flywheel a good hand assist push to get the iron moving.
I run a V belt from my motor to a flat drive pulley on the press. Looks a bit funny, but the press doesn’t care.

Thanks, Inky! That is exactly what I needed.

If you want to go with a flat belt, here is a company that can make you a flat belt pulley. I have never dealt with them, but from their website they are happy to do single piece jobs, and I imagine they are easy to deal with.