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Answers to Common Questions About Superior Gearbox’s Right-Angle Bevel Gear Drives

Gear drives are vital in transferring power efficiently and reliably in many machines and equipment. They achieve this by using a variety of gear styles to transmit torque and change the speed and direction of rotation. Among the various gear drive configurations available, right-angle bevel gear drives from Superior Gearbox Company stand out for their efficiency, quiet operation, and longevity.

This post will address common questions regarding these gear drives, shedding light on their features, options, and considerations for selection.

1. What Ratios Are Available?

Superior Gearbox’s right-angle bevel gear drives are available in various gear ratios to suit applications. The specific ratios vary depending on the series of the gear drive. For instance, the 100 Seriesoffers ratios of1:1,1.1:1, and 1.43:1. However, the 400 Series provides ratios of 1:1,1.35:1,1.5:1, and2:1.

It’s important to consider your application’s desired output speed and torque requirements to select the appropriate gear ratio. Our experienced team of specialists can help you select the right gear ratio for your application and ensure that you receive the most dependable and reliable solution possible.

2. What Gearing Types of Bevel Gears Are Available?

The right angle gear drives offered by Superior Gearbox feature straight precision forged or spiral bevel gearing. Precision forged bevel gears have a high strength capacity , making them better suited for high-torque applications. In contrast, cut spiral bevel gears have higher precision and geometry which results in quieter and smoother operation. Spiral bevel gears are best suited for applications that require less torque than straight bevel gears can provide.

3. Are They Bidirectional?

Yes, Superior Gearbox’s right-angle bevel gear drives are bidirectional. Therefore, they can transfer power in both directions from the input shaft to the output shaft and vice versa.

4. What Rotation Options Are Available?

Superior Gearbox’s right-angle bevel gear drives can vary depending on the specific model and design. Therefore, it’s best to consult the product documentation or contact Superior Gearbox directly for accurate information on the rotation options available for their gear drives.

Our standard rotation configurations for our right angle bevel gear drives are shown in the image below.

Rotation Options

5. What Are the Standard Shaft Options? Is This Customizable?

Superior Gearbox offers a range of standard shaft options for their right-angle bevel gear drives. The standard shaft sizes vary depending on the gear drive model. For instance, 1″ for the 100 Series, 1.375″ for the 500 Series, and 1.75″ for the 600 and 800 Series. Most right angle bevel gear drive series come standard with keyed shafts in either a single or double output shaft configuration.

Any standard option can be customized to accommodate your specific design requirements. Additional shaft options include but are not limited to:

  • Grease zerks on stub shaft
  • 3rd output shaft
  • Hole or flat side in shaft
  • Drill and tap in end of shaft
  • Locking and retaining ring grooves
  • Heat Treatment
  • Shaft Blackening
  • Zinc Plating
  • Shot Peening
  • Taper Shaft

6. Can They Handle Shaft Loads?

Yes, Superior Gearbox’s right-angle bevel gear drives are designed to handle shaft loads effectively. The gear drives feature high-strength steel shafts and tapered roller bearings, ensuring robustness and durability for handling various shaft loads.

7. What Types of Lubrication Are Common?

Superior Gearbox commonly utilizes 80W90 gear lubricant for their right-angle bevel gear drives. This provides effective lubrication and protection to the gears and bearings, ensuring smooth and efficient operation.

8. What Are the Mounting Options?

Superior Gearbox offers various mounting holes for right-angle bevel gear drives, providing installation flexibility. Special consideration may be required if mounting shafts in a vertical orientation.

The direction of the mounting can vary as long as the gears and bearings within the housing are in contact with the lubrication inside of the gearbox. Contact Superior Gearbox for guidance. Any of the shafts can be used as the input shaft, which offers the customer greater flexibility in the application.

10. Are They Repairable?

Yes, these gear drives are designed to be repairable, allowing for maintenance and replacement of worn or damaged components. This feature ensures extended service life and cost-effective operationfor various applications. We offer a variety of replacement parts such as rebuild kits, assemblies, housings, and for purchase at Search by the part number stamped on the housing of your existing gearbox to see the available replacement parts.

11. What Should You Consider When Selecting a Right-Angle Bevel Gear Drive?

When selecting a right-angle bevel gear drive, several factors should be considered:

  • Size: Ensure the dimensions of the gear drive fit within the space available in your application.
  • Ratio: Choose the appropriate gear ratio to achieve the desired speed and torque conversion.
  • Torque: Consider the torque requirements of your application to ensure the gear drive can handle the load.
  • Mounting: Consider the available mounting options and choose the one that best suits your equipment design.
  • Environmental requirements: Take into account factors such as temperature, moisture, and other environmental conditions to select a gear drive with suitable protection and sealing capabilities.

Superior Gearbox: Your Trusted Source for High-Quality Bevel Gear Drives

When it comes to gear drives, Superior Gearbox stands out as a leading supplier of high-quality and reliable transmission systems! With over four decades of experience, we have built a strong reputation for delivering superior performance and durability. In addition, our gearboxes are meticulously designed and manufactured to meet the standards of various industries and applications.

Contact us today for inquiries and more information about our bevel gear drives.