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    New Pump Alignment method

    Having a glass of vino and thinking about aligning my motor for the pump extension....

    with the cheap red lazers available - why not have one that fits into the spline of the pto (drive shaft removed) and lights against a circlular clear plastic insert where the pump sits? Seems to be a winner - any thoughts ? No other heavy or super expensive shit needed - I'm going to make one.

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    If you've ever done one... you would understand why this would not be the best way. To locate the hole is one thing... getting into it straight is another What were we talking about here

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    Ain't that the truth - it will have to have 2 clear plates a few inches apart to make sure the line is concentric though.

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    You are not aligning just the pump, it aligns the motor also.

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    that is a good idea. But use a more accurate laser, like a bore sighter for a rifle. all you need is 1 plate with a bulls eye that blots to the pump. And the further away you can mount the plate from the leaser, the more accurate you will be.

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    would making something that threaded onto the pump shaft in place of the impeller work better? could shoot a spot right on the PTO...

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    You MAY just be on to something...

    it's worth a try...

    I was watching something on one of the Discovery Networks awhile back showing a guy that made a Laser-Leveling tool for Nuculear Reactor Turbines that was accurate to 1 thousanth of a millimeter...

    LET him try it, that's how WE ALL get better...

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    Sounds good but once you fab all the mounting plates and find a suitable laser I think you will find it costs more and takes longer than actually using the current alignment tool. Remember that you are aligning the motor, or pump shoe, on all three axis. Laser levels are awesome for single axis jobs. Not so good for 3 axis. Reason that laser levels also have bubble levels on them for the other 2 axis.

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    if it threaded onto the pump shaft there would be zero set-up, just install the pump. you could rotate the pump shaft to double check that it was zeroed in, the laser dot would make a circle if it were not.

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    That still wouldn't tell you if the motor is off on the other 2 axis. You tell that by how easily the shaft slides into the pto. Motor could still be twisted or tilted front to back.

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