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They are used to provide a variable output speed from a constant speed power source or to increase torque for a variable speed power source; standard ratios range from 5:1 up to 60:1. Read More…

Gear Drives Gear drives are mechanisms designed to alter the speed, torque or direction of rotating shafts using gear ratios.
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Bloomingdale, IL  |  630-980-1133

We offer premium speed reducers and motion control components. These deluxe parts are designed for a wide range of purposes and our engineers are willing to assist you with determining the best speed reducer.

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DieQua Corporation $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  800-423-3169

Cleveland Gear Co. has specialized in speed control technology including a variety of quality manufactured speed reducers since 1912. We have successfully developed speed reducers for material handling, mineral processing, and more. You will find that our products have uncompromising quality, making all others less than the best. We will fulfill your exact requirements and that's what continues to make Cleveland Gear one of the top manufacturers in our industry.

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Cleveland Gear Company $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  800-676-2839

Since 1980, Matex Products has been a supplier of Matex gear modules that are patented in both the United States and Japan. We specialize in gear motors, gear assemblies, planetary gear reducers, gear boxes and gear heads. We serve a variety of industries with high-quality, low-cost products.

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Matex Products Inc. $$$

Maysville, KY  |  606-759-5090

Our competent staff is very successful at accommodating all of our customers’ needs. The fabrication processes our engineers utilize save money for our customers. We have the talent to create highly advanced cyclo reducers for a wide range of applications and industries. We are determined to provide you with only the most reliable products. Please give us a call today to learn more information!

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STOBER Drives Inc. $$$

Indianapolis, IN  |  800-654-6220

Sterling Electric, Inc.'s primary business is the production of AC Induction Motors, Worm Gear (Right Angle) and Helical (Inline) Reducers and Gearmotors. Stainless Steel Worm Gear Reducers ranging from Sub-fractional input ratings to 5 Horsepower, in both Single and Double Reductions 5:1 through 3600:1 Ratios. Stainless Steel Helical Reducers ranging from ¼ to 10 Horsepower Input.

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Sterling Electric, Inc. $$$
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Gear drives are generally used for applications with heavy loads or those that need consistent performance with low maintenance. They are constructed of steel. The simplest gear drives are made with a large gear and a small gear on either side of two connected gears. Compared to belt or chain drives, gear drives are usually more expensive but have a wide range of uses including auxiliary transmissions, hydraulic drives and differentials.

They are most commonly used in motor vehicles as the transmission, where they adapt the output of the engine to a rotation speed suitable for the drive wheels. Because engines operate at high rotational speeds, the transmission reduces the high speed of the engine to the slow speed of the wheels, which increases torque. Pedal bicycles also use a transmission, though it is substantially less complex. Gear drives are also widely used in material handling such as grain, rock or bulk materials as well as in conveyor systems, bottling equipment and packaging machinery.

A transmission will often have more than one gear ratio and may switch among them as the input speed increases or decreases. This can be done manually or automatically. In motor vehicles, the transmission is connected to the engine's crankshaft and the driveshaft, which is joined to one or more differentials. Gear drives used in automotive transmissions typically provide four to ten speeds, depending on the vehicle. Auxiliary transmissions are installed behind the main transmission and are used to increase the ratios when needed.

Gear drives used as power takeoffs are also mounted beside the main transmission and help provide offset from normal drivelines. Marine gears are transmissions that carry power to the propeller and usually only have one speed for forward and one for reverse. Similar mechanisms include gear boxes, gear reducers and reduction gears, each working differently but to the same end. Cyclo reducers use rolling elements to reduce the input speed in a vertical or horizontal orientation while right angle gear boxes are positioned perpendicularly. Inline gear reducers can have parallel input and output shafts and are designed to be used in a line with other equipment in order to promote a smooth flow of operation.

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