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  Worm Wheels also known as Worm Gears
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Worm Gears

 
 

Worm wheels always accompany a worm. A worm and wheel combination is another method of driving two shafts, the axes of which normally lie at right angles to each other. The usual driving member, the worm, may have either a single or multi-start thread. A worm wheel can be produced by hobbing with a hob designed for a specific worm size, the number of starts and hand of helix. The hob feed can be either plunge (radial) or tangential (axial) or a combination of both. This method of production is quicker than using a fly tool (fly hob) which is a single point tool. If the worm wheel is a multi-start and not a hunting tooth (when result of the number of teeth in the wheel divided by the number of starts in the worm is not an integer number) then, when using a fly tool, the worm wheel has to be indexed into the next lead and it is as if the worm wheel is cut again and repeated until all the leads (starts) are cut. It is cheaper to make a fly tool than a hob but takes longer to cut the worm wheel. Hobs are usually used for large batch sizes when the cost of the hob can be amortised over a larger number of components.

A worm drive has many uses such as, a reducing gear unit between a high-speed motor and a line shaft, the indexing mechanism on a number of machine tools, measuring instruments, and in the rear drive of a motorcar. A single start worm and wheel drive is used in the operation of passenger and goods lifts to enable the lift car to stay in position when there is a fault or failure in the control and to prevent the lift car from descending uncontrollably to the base of the building.

Our maximum centre distance is 480mm (19 inches) depending on the worm outside (tip) diameter and maximum pitch 16MOD (1.57DP, 2 inches circular pitch)
         
   
 

Hewitt & Topham Limited, Royd Way, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 3LG United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1535 602587  Fax : +44 (0) 1535 680587  Email: sales@hewitt-topham.co.uk

       
   

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