I’m posting to gauge if any teams/individuals are interested trying a (relatively) inexpensive set of 1.5 module 15T/45T bevel gears, for offseason use only. My own team is refining our offseason swerve from last year, and we wanted to find a cheaper source of bevel gears other than KHK, since spending $60 on a set is a tad on the high side.
I have been in contact with a Chinese supplier who claims to be able to machine bevel gears dimensionally equivalent to the standard KHK gears many teams use today. Furthermore, I have requested that the 15T gear is broached to 3/8" hex. The 45T is left untouched as I recognize teams will interface with the gear in different ways.
The cost breakdown is $13.50 for the 45T, $5.45 for 15T, and $5.80 overseas shipping per bevel gear, coming out to $24.75 for the set. I was quoted these prices for a MOQ of 10, so depending on the interest, cost per unit could potentially go down. Shipping from within the United States looks to be $7.50 for a USPS flat rate box. The manufacturer is estimating a lead time of 25 days.
Now, a huge disclaimer:
These bevel gears are not legal for competition use. Unfortunately, China does not count as a valid VENDOR per 2019 rules. The intent for this potential group buy is to allow teams to produce cheaper offseason modules to experiment with before committing themselves to KHK during the actual build season. Now, if a VENDOR wanted to stock these during the season, I’m all for it, and I’d be more than happy to share the details of my source.
I’ve created this Google Form to fill out if you are interested.
Submitting this form does not commit you to purchasing a set; I’ll be sending an email to the address you provide in the form that finalizes cost and purchasing details, and another form that commits you to purchasing.
I’m looking to send this second form at 5/16/2019 at 11:59PM, so get your responses in before then. I want to purchase the bevels on 5/24/2019.
If you guys have any questions/comments/concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask in this thread or DM me! I’m aiming to be as transparent as possible so everybody knows what they’re getting into.