Right Angle Speed Reducers Explained

speed reducerSpeed reducers can be critical components of transmission systems. Used in a wide range of industries and applications, speed reducers are often found in applications like conveyors, lifts, and elevators.

What is a speed reducer?

Speed reducers are used to, unsurprisingly, reduce the speed of mechanical energy. A speed reducer is simply a gear train between the motor and the machinery that is used to reduce the speed with which power is transmitted. The output gear of a speed reducer rotates more slowly than the input gear. However, speed reducers don't just reduce the speed they also increase the torque, because the output gear has more teeth than the input gear.

It is not uncommon for speed reducers to use a worm gear, which uses a wheel gear and a worm to reduce the speed. Worm gears are popular options in speed reducers because they allow for the greatest speed reduction in the smallest package.

speed reducerSW-5 and SWB-5

Torque Transmissions offers a wide range of speed reducers, including two right angle speed reducer options. Both the SW-5 and the SWB-5 are build with precision hobbled bronze worm gears, which offers three times the torque capacity. Both options can also feature mounting feet that can be positioned at any one of eight locations, making both of these speed reducers a flexible option for many applications. The SW-5 case is made of molded, glass-filled material which makes them extremely rugged and resistant to corrosive environments. While the SWB-5 features a compression molded glass-fill polyester gear box.

Choosing a Speed Reducer

The type or model of speed reducer which is right for your application will be determined by the application and project specification. Contact us for information about any of our speed reducers or to request a quote for a custom speed reducer.

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This post was published on November 4, 2013 and updated on March 13, 2020.

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