What Is An Idler Sprocket?

What is a roller chain idler sprocket?

Idlers sprockets is a flat sprocket that has a sealed ball bearing. Specialty idler sprockets may use bronze bushing or special stlye bearings.  Most bearings in idler sprockets have a wide inner ring to allow clearance on each side of the bearing to prevent damage to the bearing seals.  

Why would I need to use an idler sprocket?

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Attachment Chain - Special Order

RollerChain4Less.com (Nitro Power Products, LLC) stocks attachment roller chain in stock for sizes #35 up to #80.  The attachment chain is stocked with attachments every 2nd pitch, which is a universal option.  Don't need them every 2nd pitch?  Simply skip however many that you need to.  Special ordered attachment roller chain is available - MOQ apply.
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Best Roller Chain In The Market

RollerChain4Less.com is owned and operated by Nitro Power Products, LLC out of Milwaukee, WI.  Nitro Power Products created the Nitro™ brand roller chain.  Our chain is manufactured to not only meet ANSI standards, but to surpass the standards.  
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Where To Buy ANSI Roller Chain Sprockets?

Where to buy roller chain sprockets?  Right here at RollerChain4Less.com.  Huge inventory in stock and ready to ship.  We're the #1 online source for quality sprockets at competitive pricing. 
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How To Install A Roller Chain Connecting & Offset Link

Connecting links with spring slips are installed a little different than the cotter pin style. The "Riveting" style connecting links are installed and fastened completely different than a conventional connecting links.  



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What Is An Offset Link?

Roller chain offset links (half links) are used for an odd number of pitches in a strand.  Typically these are used to shorten or lengthen a strand of roller chain by 1 pitch.
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Where To Buy Roller Chain?

RollerChain4Less.com is your #1 source for all roller chain & sprockets.  Our company stocks a full range of ANSI & British Standard roller chain sizes.  The Nitro™ brand is a trusted by many customers in several industries across the world.    


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81XRT Rooftop Roller Chain

All New 81XRT Rooftop Roller Chain

  • Premium Material
  • Solid Rollers 
  • Solid Bushings
  • Quad Staked Pins
  • Heat Treated For Strength
  • Shot Peened For Fatigue Resistance
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Cottered Vs Riveted Roller Chain

What is the difference between riveted and cottered style roller chain?  
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New Products - June 2018

New Products Added June 2018

We're always adding new products every few months.  Be sure to signup to our newsletter to get notified with new product releases.

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Roller Chain Operation Temperature

What is the recommend ambient working temperatures for roller chain?  
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81X Roller Chain

81X Roller Chain

Nitro Power Products offers premium quality 81X roller chain in 5 different styles. We offer standard, heavy duty, super heavy, stainless steel and rooftop. The Nitro™ 81X roller chain is manufactured to last!

             
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Sprocket Diameter

Click here to view a complete sprocket diameter chart for ANSI chain sizes 25, 35, 40, 50, 60, 80 & 100.
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Zinc Vs Nickel Plated Roller Chain

Zinc and nickel plated roller chains are primarily used in mildly corrosive environments.  The corrosion resistance between the two plated chains are identical.
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How To Measure Roller Chain

Roller chain is typically measured by the following points to determine what size chain you have.
  1. Measure the Pitch
  2. Measure the roller diameter
  3. Measure the inner width between the plates

The easiest solution to find what size chain you have is to look at the side plates for a stamped in number.  More than likely you'll need to clean off a few side plates in order to see the size.

Click here to view complete roller chain size charts

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Attachment Roller Chain

Nitro Attachment Roller Chain


RollerChain4Less.com offers made to order attachment roller chain.  We offer a large range of different style attachment links.  Attachment chain is available in standard, stainless steel, nickel plated, conveyor & agricultural chain.
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SDC Steel Detachable Chain

We now offer a full range of SDC Steel Detachable Chain in stock.  We also offer a wide variety of different styles of attachment links for the steel detachable chain.
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Favorite List

We now have a feature called Favorite List, which allows you to store certain products under your account.  Simply login and look for the below button on the product page.

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Difference Between Standard Roller Chain & O-Ring Roller Chain

Both chains are nearly identical and carry the same dimensions.  O-Ring roller chain has an o-ring around the pin located between the two link plates. The o-ring helps hold lubrication in as well as keeping out dust, dirt and abrasive material.
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Nitro Roller Chain Maintenance

Roller chain maintenance is the most critical aspect to a chains service life.  Roller chain should be cleaned with petroleum cleaner and inspected for signs of discoloration or evident wearing. Any signs of discoloration or wearing to roller chain components means the chain is not receiving an adequate amount of lubrication. Read more to download the Nitro roller chain care reference sheet.

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About Nitro Roller Chain

All Nitro™ products are manufactured in an ISO:9001 certified factory to ensure every product produced meets strict quality standards. All product components are thoroughly inspected for accuracy throughout the manufacturing process. This ensures every final Nitro™ product produced will be a high quality, dependable product that will surpass your expectations. 

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Dacromet Plated Roller Chain

We now offer Dacromet plated roller chain that's highly corrosive resistant with greater strength over #304 stainless steel roller chain.  Nitro™ Dacromet roller chain is now available from #35 up to #80. Large stock - Order online today!
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D1 & D3 Pre-Made Attachment Chain

Pre-Made D1 & D3 attachment roller chain will be arriving soon.  All of our attachments on the pre-made chain are riveted only. Not assembled with connecting link style attachments, which only a slip fit link plate.
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New Super Premium Roller Chain

New Super Premium Roller Chain

Checkout our new line of Super Premium roller chain.  This chain is primarily used in extreme shock load situations.  Click the image to start shopping

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