[Kartbuilding] Fwd: lawnmower karts

Stephen Burke kartbuilding at gmail.com
Fri Oct 6 19:07:44 IST 2006


Ideally you would need to use a clutch. With direct-drive and NO clutch -
it is designed that you push start the kart - and off you go. However with
belt-drive it is very difficult (if not impossible) to push start a kart.

If you are using a belt drive - then you can use a "belt-tensioner type
clutch". This is where you use a 3rd pulley wheel spinning freely on a
lever which can be moved out against (thus tension) the drive belt causing
the belt to grip the driver and driven pulley wheels. To disengage the
clutch, move the lever & 3rd pulley away from the belt (thus untension)
and cause the kart to stop.

I hope you get what I am on about.
If you manage to get a photo of this setup - please send it onto me as a
*LOT* of people want to use this type of setup.

Best of Luck,

On Mon, 3 Apr 2006, shane lanthier wrote:

> I was wondering.If I used a lawnmower engine on a kart im building, if it is
> a single speed, will I have to create a clutch so when I start the engine the
> kart just doesnt rocket of or the belt snaps? And if I do have to build a
> clutch, how can I do that in an easy affordable way, or any way at all?

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