Driveshafts

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Shaft couplings provide secure connections between shafts, wheels, and rotary equipment. In addition, flexible shaft couplings are used to prevent misalignment, which can be caused by an unbalanced or bent shaft. Read More…

Driveshafts A driveshaft is a steel shaft that transmits power in the form of torque from the transmission to the wheels on a vehicle. In an automobile, two driveshafts must be connected by a shaft coupling before power can be transmitted.

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Bloomingdale, IL  |  630-980-1133

Our shaft couplings are the best around! Not only do we provide you with exceptional levels of customer service but we also provide you with manufacturing and a repair service that you can count on. We are also capable of providing you with special designs. That’s right! Our design team will work closely with you in order to ensure that you are getting the product that will fit your specific requirements perfectly! Call or email us today for more information!

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DieQua Corporation $$$

Freeport, NY  |  888-260-7466

Ondrives.US is world-leading manufacturer and distributors of a broad range of shaft couplings for connecting shaft components and absorbing misalignment. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified, so you can ensure that your product is reliable and built to last. Visit our website today, and our team will be ready to assist you.

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Ondrives.Us Corp. $$$

Downers Grove, IL  |  630-852-0500

Resistant to oils, grease and many solvents our shaft couplings are the product that you have been searching for! All of our products are made of only the highest quality materials to ensure that they will last through all demanding applications. Our products will not let you down when it comes to excellent value and durability. We will have our staff work with you in order to find the coupling that will fit your requirements exactly. Contact us today for more information!

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Lovejoy, Inc. $$$

Marlborough, MA  |  800-225-4234

Ruland’s carefully made shaft collars, rigid shaft couplings & zero backlash motion control flexible shaft couplings, including beam, Oldham & bellows couplings, are available in both inch & full-metric dimensions. Our line has expanded to include metric shaft collars, metric rigid couplings & step bore rigid couplings. For 70 years, we have supplied custom-made products to meet special needs.

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Ruland Manufacturing Company, Inc. $$$

Alpena, MI  |  800-893-3959

For almost 40 years, Magnaloy has been manufacturing flexible drive couplings plus cylinder rod end alignment couplers, fluid power accessories, pump and motor mounts, and hydraulic manifolds and manifold accessories. We are sure to have the flexible shaft coupling that is right for you.

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Magnaloy Coupling Company $$$

Winsted, CT  |  800-545-7301

Custom orders are the norm for us. We manufacture shaft couplings and shaft collars — jaw couplings; set collars; single and double split collars and threaded collars. These shaft couplings and collars are made in aluminum, steel (cold rolled or stainless) and nickel. They can also be nonmagnetic or metric.

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American Collars and Couplings, Inc. $$$
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Driveshafts range in length and diameter and consist of a shaft with an assembly on either end. They are most commonly used in automobiles to transfer the power from the transmission to the wheels either through a differential or directly to the wheels, depending on whether the car is front wheel drive, all wheel drive, or rear wheel drive. In a four wheel drive vehicle, two piece driveshafts are often used and are connected with a universal joint.

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Driveshafts are also used in motorcycles as an alternative to chain and belt drives; their function in motorized boats is to connect the transmission inside the vessel directly to the propeller. Driveshafts are also often components in semi-trucks, oil rigs, sewage treatment facilities, windmills, irrigation systems, paper mills, tractors, and other industrial and agricultural heavy machinery.

Driveshafts are usually hollow but large in diameter so that they are strong enough to bear torsion and shear stress, while avoiding too much additional weight. Typically, high carbon steel is used in the manufacturing of driveshafts, although this material is very heavy. Aluminum and steel alloys are being experimented with because they are a strong and lightweight alternative. New advancements in composite technology are developing alternatives to driveshaft materials.

The most common polymer matrix composites are fiberglass, carbon fiber, and carbon fiberglass hybrids. Composites are preferable over steel because they can operate at higher rotations per minute than steel of the same dimensions. However, the strengths of some composites are weaker than steel, and therefore more research is needed to make composite drive shafts widely available. The most common construction methods for these important devices are similar to bellow couplings and include electroforming, chemical deposition, mechanical forming and welding.

Electroformed drive shafts are made by adding layers of metal on a mandrel until the desired thickness is reached and the mandrel is melted away to leave behind the shaft. Chemical deposition is a similar method except that the materials are added by electrodeposition. Mechanical forming includes roll-forming or extrusion. Welded drive shafts are made by welding a series of rings or washers on both the inside and outside until smooth and seamless.

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