Removing a pulley from a washing machine motor without a puller

Removing a pulley from a washing machine motor without a puller

Quite often, craftsmen give a second life to the motor of an old washing machine, using it in the manufacture of homemade products. In this case, you need to remove the engine from the SMA housing and disconnect the pulley from it. Let's figure out how to dismantle the part, what tools will be needed in the process. Is it necessary to have a puller, or can you cope without one?

Removing the pulley using improvised means

It is very easy to remove the motor from the washing machine body. To do this, you need to reset the wiring supplying the engine and unscrew a couple of bolts securing it. You will have to tinker to remove the pulley from the engine without a puller. A special tool will make the task easier, so it’s still better to have it on hand.

If there is no puller, then you first need to cut off the rivets that secure the front cover of the washing machine motor. This can be done with a drill of a suitable diameter. Having dealt with the fastenings, remove part of the motor housing, helping yourself with a slotted screwdriver.

After this, you can proceed to dismantling the pulley. If there is no puller, the engine pulley will have to be cut with a grinder.

It is important to act as carefully as possible so as not to damage the shaft. Otherwise, the motor will become unusable.

After making a cut on the pulley, use a thin screwdriver to pry off the element. It should burst and make a characteristic click. Next, pull the cut piece off the inner shaft.

This method is quite risky. The probability of damaging the washing machine motor shaft is very high. One careless movement of the hand or a little stronger pressure, and the grinder will saw through not only the pulley, but also what is under it. Therefore, you need to act as carefully as possible.

After pulling the pulley, clean the shaft from rust. If necessary, replace or lubricate the motor bearing. After this, the electric motor of the washing machine can be used for homemade projects, for example, when constructing a router, lathe, grain crusher, etc.

Let's choose a suitable puller

There is no guarantee that you will be able to safely remove the pulley from the engine without a puller. The risks of sawing the associated shaft remain in any case. Therefore, it is recommended to purchase a special tool. The puller is not that expensive, and it will definitely come in handy around the house.

For example, you can consider the two-legged puller Tech Mash.  The tool is suitable for dismantling outer bearings, as well as removing pulleys and gears from shafts. The movable design of the grips with a pair of tightening bolts allows you to reliably hold the part being tightened. The length of the working body is 150 mm.


The Tech Mash puller foot is small in size, making it ideal for working in confined spaces. The thrust bolt is equipped with a knob, equipped with a conical centering support, and has a fine-pitch thread.

The tool is made of high-strength carbon steel using precision casting. The working surface of the puller is protected from corrosion by a special zinc coating. The cost of the Tech Mash puller is about 1000 rupees.

It is worth considering a 2-leg puller with a bearing lock from the BM brand. The universal tool can be used not only for repairing washing machines, but also for cars. Using a compact device, it is also possible to remove pulleys from shafts.

The BM puller is equipped with two claws. This allows you to securely fix the part and ensure uniform load distribution. Due to this possibility, operational safety is guaranteed and damage to the dismantled element is prevented.

The BM puller has a length of 100 mm. The device is compact, which means it is suitable for dismantling small elements in limited space. The brand guarantees the quality and durability of the tool. The cost of the product is about 1000 rupees.

Another option worth paying attention to is the three-legged puller from the FALCO brand. The brand offers a reliable tool that can be used to dismantle outer bearings, remove gears and pulleys from shafts. Device Features:

  • Has three grips,
  • The body is made of high-strength steel,
  • Withstands heavy loads.

Using the compact FALCO puller, you can carefully unscrew the pulley from the washing machine motor. The tool ensures safe dismantling, eliminating the deformation of parts. The length of the steel device is 75 mm. The cost is within 750 rupees.

Another three-jaw device is the Deli DL-S3 puller. Also suitable for pressing out bearings, removing pulleys, rings or gears from shafts. The universal tool can be used to remove parts of a washing machine, car, etc.

The Deli DL-S3 puller is made of durable heat-treated steel grade 45. This provides increased strength, reliability and wear resistance of the tool. Detailed Specifications:

  • Bolt stroke 75 mm,
  • Outer diameter 15-80 mm,
  • Internal diameter 30-60 mm.

The cost of a universal puller is about 850 rupees. This tool will definitely come in handy on the farm. The device ensures reliable fixation of the dismantled element, uniform load distribution and safe removal of the part.

The Sparta 525205 triple puller can also become an indispensable assistant at home, in the workshop or garage. It is designed for quick dismantling of various parts: bearings, bushings, pulleys, rings, gears and other rotating bodies. The tool will easily remove even soured, stuck-on elements without the risk of deformation.

Mechanical puller Sparta 525205 is suitable for both external and internal dismantling. Other advantages of the device include:

  • The body is made of high-strength carbon steel grade 45,
  • Three rotating double-sided grips allow you to dismantle a part of any shape,
  • The puller's power bolt has a hexagonal tip.
  • The maximum width of the working space Sparta 525205 is 75 mm. The cost of a universal puller is only about 690 rupees. The manufacturer provides a full year warranty on the tool.

Thus, if necessary, remove the pulley from the washer motor, it is better to use a puller. It must be compact, since the part being dismantled, and the shaft associated with it are small. The method with an angle grinder is quite risky. However, if you are confident in your abilities and do not want to spend money on additional tools, still try to carefully cut the engine pulley.