Drive Wheel

Rubber Drive Wheel Decay

Problems with rubber drive roller wheels turning to goo?  You are not alone.  I've had this problem with most of the vintage drives that I've purchased.  Here's some images of the roller wheel that came in the Archive 5945 that was in our original MightyFrame:



And here's what it might like if you ever try to run a tape in a drive with one of these bad drive wheels:

Here's some reasons why this might happen, if you're interested.

Many people have offered really good suggestions on how someone can repair these on their own, with parts from other systems, and such, but I am going to let you, the reader, find those on your own.  Because I only have one personally recommendation, which is the only one I've ever tried, and has worked very well for me.



And his website, right out of the 1990s!


His fees are quite pricey, ranging from $50-75 USD per roller wheel repair, but if you want solid hardware to work with, I personally think it's worth it.  This helps with the speed regulation immensely, to know that you have a better-than-factory roller wheel, milled to spec.

And Order Form:

And an image of his business card.  



Archive 5945 Wheel Diameter

Whatever solution you choose to rebuild these wheels, I thought that some measurements might help, so I'm providing them here for the tape drive models that I've worked with.  These are the measurements after Terry reconstructed them, and before ever installing them into the tape drive unit.




Wangtek 5099 Wheel Diameter

Whatever solution you choose to rebuild these wheels, I thought that some measurements might help, so I'm providing them here for the tape drive models that I've worked with.  These are the measurements after Terry reconstructed them, and before ever installing them into the tape drive unit.



Wangtek 5099/5125 Tape Drive Wheel Removal



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In this YouTube video, I see CuriousMarc is using a "Plasti Dip" material for HP Mini Cartridge Tape Drives.  While the capstand design looks very different than the drives I show here, it's an intriguing solution, worth mentioning here.  I salute Marc's ingenuity here!

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