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Double Pulley Bracket Keeps Sucker Rod Running True
Edward Stanley, Parker, Texas, doesn’t have to replace worn-out sucker rods on his windmills very often. That’s because he uses a pair of plastic pulleys to hold the sucker rod perfectly at the center of the pipe that leads down into the well.

    “I’ve used this idea on my farm for the last 5 years on 2 different windmills, and the sucker rods on both of them are still going strong. Nothing on the market works as well,” says Stanley. “The double pulleys keep the sucker rod lined up perfectly with the center of the pipe, so it doesn’t rub on the sides.”

    He drilled a pair of holes in two 5-in. lengths of angle iron and then welded them to the top of a 2-in. dia. coupler that attaches on top of the pipe. The pulleys are bolted on inside the angle irons, and spaced just far enough apart to hold the sucker rod in place.

    He also cut a slot the same width as the sucker rod into one side of the coupler. “If I need to pull the sucker rod out in order to access the working barrel, I just remove the pulley on the slotted side of the coupler and then unscrew the coupler and slide the sucker rod out,” says Stanley.

    The pulleys he uses are designed to work with 1/2, 5/8 or 3/4-in. dia. sucker rod. Stanley sells a kit that includes a coupler, 2 pulleys, bracket and 2 bolts for $75 plus S&H. To order go to his website.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edward Stanley, 4902 E. Parker Rd., Parker, Texas 75002 (ph 972 342-1061; www.porterprotools.com).

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4