Mamod TE Spur Gear Differential

I had wanted to try this for a while, the latest mod I did turned out to quite a powerful tractor so thought it would be a worthwhile addition. It is based on one built by Fred Fox and described here, I decided to use Meccano gears and actually they worked out quite well.

TE differential

How It Works

The large sprocket drives a pair of bull gears, one on each side of it, through a system of three pinions. The outside bull gear floats and is attached to the rear wheel next to it. The inside bullgear is attached to the axle as is the wheel on the other side.

The hardest part is to make the unit as narrow as possible, an extra 1/16" here and there can make a huge difference on a tractor this small.

What I Started With

diff parts

# 95b Meccano Sprocket.

# 27 Meccano Gears 2 each, referred to as bull gears.

# 25 Meccano Pinion.

#26 Meccano Pinion.


Getting Started


I had this brass disk with a hub on it in my scrap box so decided to use it to mount the parts on so I could chuck them in the lathe. I drilled two holes, tapped to 6-32 using a Meccano bush wheel as a template.

I then drilled two holes in one of the # 27 bull gears and bored it to fit on the hub of the # 95b sprocket. I then countersunk one of the holes for a flat head 6-32 screw that fastens a 3/8" long, 1/4" diameter stub. This stub fits between two spokes of the rear wheel to drive it.

I then mounted the 95b sprocket on the brass disk and cut the snap ring groove, bored it out to fit the 1/4" Mamod axle and shortened the lenght of the hub as much as possible.


The next step was to split the face of the two pinions down the center, I then mounted the halves with the hub on a meccano shaft and shortened the length of the hubs as much as possible. The half of the # 25 pinion without the hub was attached to a 9/16" long length of Meccano shaft, I soldered it, would likely braze it in future. This was inserted from the back into one of the outer holes in the # 95b sprocket and the #26 pinion half with the hub was attached to the shaft stub, thin washers were used between the pinions and the surface of the sprocket.

The bored out # 27 gear was placed on the hub of the sprocket, the # 25 pinion with the hub was laid on the face of the sprocket in mesh with both the # 27 and # 26 gears to determine where to drill the hole for the pivot bolt. The pivot bolt was shortened to about 9/16" long, and the # 25 pinion mounted on it.


The # 27 gear on the inside of the sprocket has to be mounted on the axle and fastened with a grub screw.The Meccono hub is not large enough in diameter to bore out to fit the 1/4" diameter shaft so I made a collar, sweated it over the existing hub, then drilled and tapped it for the grub screw.

While I was doing this I did the same treatment to a Meccano bush wheel for the other side. A 1/4" diameter stub was attached to it to drive the wheel.


I had to recess the hub of the rear wheel so it would fit over the hub of the sprocket to make it as compact as possible.


What I Learned Along the Way

I used the parts I had on hand, I think if I did it again I would substitute # 27a gears instead of # 27 for the bull gears and use a combination of # 26 and 26c for the pinions. The 27a gears are already drilled and the hole that has to be drilled for the double pinions would not be so close to the existing hole in the large sprocket.






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