Tigear® stands for “Tough Industrial Gear”The Tigear-2 reducer is built with the uncompromising Dodge® design standard to provide long life in demanding industrial applications. After decades of proven field experience, side-by-side testing in our advanced lab demonstrated its best-in-class durability over the competition.
The rigorous testing compared three brand-new gearboxes from each of the three manufacturers. Each gearbox was a two-inch center distance, a 15:1 ratio, and used the manufacturer’s highest quality oil offered (the standard for Dodge is the highest quality offering). All units were tested at an output torque of 1,580 lb-in, which is equivalent to the following ratings for each gearbox: 200 percent for Tigear-2, 197 percent for Competitor B, and 179 percent for Competitor C.Testing was performed for 500 hours or until gearbox failure, whichever came first. Once testing was complete, each unit was disassembled for evaluation with inspection of individual components.
A worm gearbox contains only two gears; the worm shaft, made of steel, and the worm gear, composed of a softer material. The torque path begins at the worm shaft, and it operates at the motor speed, receiving both radial and axial loads. A tougher worm shaft experiences less deflection and stress to the component, leading to a longer life.
Worm Shaft Bearings
Also running at the motor’s speed, the input shaft bearing is the most critical bearing in the gearbox as it performs the most cycles and withstands both the axial and radial loads from the worm shaft.
Input Shaft Bearings
Dynamic capacity is the driving factor for bearing selection when creating a gearbox and determines the bearing’s L10 life. Using the industry standard L10 calculation for bearing life, the chart below displays how much longer the Dodge bearings will last over the competition.
Output Shaft Bearings
The output shaft bearings receive the full output radial load, making the tapered roller bearings extremely important in high, overhung load applications like a belt-driven conveyor system. Tigear-2 has long been the standard for the unit handling industry where this capability is most important. The chart below displays how the Dodge bearings are superior to other options available.
The worm gear, made of softer metal than the worm shaft, is often the primary wear component within a gearbox. It transmits the total output torque of the reducer, so tougher teeth and wider gear size maximize the component’s life.
In extensive testing using the following consistent parameters, there is a clear difference between Dodge and the rest of the competition.
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