The ratio in a drive system is represented in reference to the number 1.
A ratio of 2 to 1 would be signified by 2:1. A ratio of 1/4 to one would be
signified by .25:1.
To find the total ratio, use the pulley ratio formula:
Ratio = (Radius of Driven Pulley) / (Radius of Drive Pulley)
Example: A handcrank is attached to a drive pulley of 2 inches in radius.
The belt runs from the drive pulley to a driven pulley.
The driven pulley is 6 inches in radius and is attached to a paddle that
churns butter. What is the total ratio of this belt and pulley drive?
Ratio = 6 / 2
Calculated out this gives a ratio of 3:1 . For every 3 revolutions of
the handcrank, the paddle attached to the driven pulley will move