I've been asked to copy a shaft so we can make it ourselves. This is a 5" long adapter between a keyed 20 HP motor shaft and a splined input to a gearbox. The original shaft has no set screw or other method of securing it axially. I've never seen this before. Is it common for a shaft to float axially in service?
Thanks Glenn, It doesn't need a coupling because in effect, this shaft is a coupling. It doesn't need to flex because we will have piloted fits in the housing that bolts the motor and gearbox together and encloses this shaft. This housing will also serve as a guard. My question is specifically about the lack of setscrew or other method of securing the shafts together so they don't float axially. I've never seen a key without a set screw on it. Has anyone seen this before?