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Posted by: dwaldron

10/02/2004, 11:25:08

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I'm experiencing persistant shearing of woodruff keys on a hydraulic motor shaft. Do woodruff keys come in different strengths of metal so I can go to a higher shear strength?






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Posted by: siimbi

10/22/2004, 15:26:42

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I also have a woodruff key shearing problem.I am looking for a place in New York City where I can find a very small key of the following dimensions: Diameter= 0.2813", Width= 0.0938". I don't know the height because it sheared off. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.






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Posted by: dwaldron

10/22/2004, 19:49:48

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I would suggest Standard Steel Specialty Co., 800-356-9232. They claim to be a custom provider of woodruff keys. I have no experience with them.






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Posted by: Marcwayne

10/03/2004, 07:48:31

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Shearing keys are usually the result of an excessive shock loading. After that happens the gear and shaft are worn and the shock loading increases. I have had many problems with this in the past. We even tried using double keyways which worked but became an expensive fix. I started using loctite and never had any more problems. Loctite will soak up some of the worn clearences and reduce the shock loading. Minor heating of the parts will neccesetate the removal in the future if need be.






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Posted by: dwaldron

10/03/2004, 14:01:25

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Thanks for the loctite idea, I will try it out. I also found that woodruff keys are available in two grades of steel - special carbon steel (SAE 1035) and heat treated alloy steel (SAE 8630). In your experience, which of the two is the toughest? Also, by swithcing to the tougher of the two metals, will I remain in the tolerance range for the maximum torque the motor shaft is rated for?





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Posted by: gumbo

10/05/2004, 21:35:11

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It depends on the material condition as to what the actual strength of the key is going to be but the 8630 is most likely in a higher strength condition.  The 1035 may have a yield up to around 85 ksi whereas the 8630 could be in the 130 ksi range.  As far as the shaft withstanding the higher strength key that would need to be calculated and there isn't enough data given to do that.  Would need shaft size, material, keyway width, keyway length and  hub material to know for sure.






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