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303 Stainless Keyed Shafting

303 Stainless Keyed Shafting is manufactured from Grade 303 stainless steel round that has been turned, ground, and polished with a pre-machined full-length keyway cut to industry standards. The “keyed” aspect of shafting refers to a specific feature where a keyway or groove is machined along the shaft length. This keyway allows for inserting a corresponding key, usually a small metal piece that fits snugly into the groove. Stainless keyed shafts are an economical alternative to machining shafts yourself while saving time and money. Stainless keyed shafts are ideal for all applications when mating with gears, sprockets, rotary bearings, and other power transmission components.

Keyed shafts are commonly used in various mechanical applications where precise and reliable power transmission is required. Some of the main applications include:

  • Machinery: Keyed shafts are widely used in various types of machinery, such as industrial equipment, agricultural machinery, and conveyor systems. They are often employed to connect motors, gearboxes, and other rotating components to efficiently transmit torque and rotational motion.
  • Automotive Industry: Keyed shafts are found in automotive applications, including steering systems and drivetrains. In these systems, the shafts transmit power from the engine to the wheels or various mechanical components.
  • Pumps and Compressors: Keyed shafts play a vital role in pumps and compressors, connecting the motor or engine to the impeller or rotor. This connection ensures efficient and synchronized operation.

The choice of 303 stainless steel for the shafting material offers excellent corrosion resistance, making it suitable for applications in harsh environments or exposure to moisture or chemicals. Additionally, 303 stainless steel can be easily machined, essential for creating precise keyways for the keying process.