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Right Angle Gear Motors vs Parallel Shaft Gear Motors

December 05, 2023
Right Angle Gearmotors by Bauer GMC in Mississauga Ontario

Gear motors are an essential component in many mechanical systems, providing the necessary power and torque to drive various devices. At their core, gear motors consist of two main parts: gears and a motor. The gears work together to transmit power from the motor to the output shaft, amplifying torque along the way. 

Gear motors come in various configurations based on the arrangement of their gears. Two common types are right-angle gear motors and parallel shaft gear motors. Each type offers distinct advantages depending on the application at hand.

Differences Between Right Angle and Parallel Shaft Gear Motors

The most obvious difference lies in their physical appearance. Right-angle gear motors have a compact design with the motor and gearbox arranged at a 90-degree angle. On the other hand, parallel shaft gear motors have a more linear configuration with the motor and gearbox aligned on the same axis.

Torque capabilities:
Another important distinction is in their torque transmission capabilities. Right-angle gear motors excel in transmitting high torque while occupying minimal space. This makes them ideal for applications where space is limited but high power output is required. Parallel shaft gear motors, on the other hand, can handle larger loads due to their direct drive alignment.

In terms of applications, right-angle gear motors are commonly found in industries such as robotics, automation systems, conveyor systems, and packaging machinery. Their compact size allows for easy integration into tight spaces without sacrificing performance. Parallel shaft gear motors find extensive use in heavy-duty applications such as mining equipment, material handling systems, and industrial machinery where large amounts of torque need to be transmitted efficiently.

Bauer GMC has been a trusted supplier of gear motors for many decades. Call us today to source industry-grade motors for your applications in Mississauga, Ontario.