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Workshop- Measuring tooth thickness and pitch of a spur gear

  1. Sep 8, 2005 #1
    Hi all!
    I would like to know how, in workshop practice, one would measure the tooth thickness and pitch of a spur gear?
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  3. Sep 8, 2005 #2


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    If you can reference a copy of ANSI B92.1 you will get a ton of information on spline/gear measurement techniques.

    Are you referring for inspection purposes or just general measurement? If accuracy is not a major issue, an optical comparitor is the easiest way that many places will go. If accuracy is required for the acceptance of a part, then measurement over pins is used in most cases. A drawing for the gear will give data on the gear tooth geometry that will be used in inspection. I attached a portion from a drawing as a reference.
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  4. Sep 8, 2005 #3


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    As Fred points out, there are inspection methods for gear teeth but there are also simple identification methods. I've seen gear gauges used before, they are simply a small piece of metal with gear teeth cut into them. They generally come in sets. You take out each coupon and try to match it to a gear. The one that matches gives you the pressure angle and gear tooth size. Its not meant for inspection, but they're good for identifying a specific gear. If you want to purchase one, they cost about $40 to $120 from McMaster Carr. Type in "gear gauge" and search their catalog.
  5. Sep 8, 2005 #4


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    Ahhhh...darn it. I knew I forgot the easiest method. They are identical to the thread gauges.
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