BeeGhost, I would like to see more wood around the top bearing and the pulley mounted much closer to the bearing. I am assuming you have a bottom bearing on the basket but that would mean it would be spinning in the honey. I am not thrilled with that idea.
More wood around the top bearing and the pulley mounted closer to the bearing??? What the heck would that do?? Just to let you know, I boiled the bearings a few times to remove the grease.
Besides..........i am assuming you use USED fan motors, correct? You know how much dandruff and dust and other particulates those things collect, not to mention its right INSIDE your extractor. And if I am correct, fan motors also have greased bearings........how did you get around that??
I dont care if your not thrilled with the IDEA, it works and it is food safe, which I highly doubt yours is. Looks like you need to lean over the barrel to stabilize it, more than likely you are sweating which is dripping into your extractor...........ewwww. Oh ya, I havnt had to replace anything on my extractor, and the motor will last a very long time im sure, unlike your ceiling fan motors that are covered in honey. Speaking of motor, you completely Camcoated the motor and everything in it right? If you didnt you are letting consumable honey touch unfood grade surfaces. You yourself said that honey got into the motor and gummed it up, which means that same honey collected dust, dandruff and other particulates............not to mention your sweat dripping into the extractor............ewwww.
I really think you dont like it because its an ingenious idea that came from a red neck and your jealous. No really, you are.