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What are the characteristics of the planetary reducer?

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What are the characteristics of the planetary reducer?

2023-01-18 08:55:25

A planetary reducer, also known as a planetary gearbox, is a mechanical gear system typically used to increase torque while decreasing speed in a rotating system. It is called a planetary reducer because it utilizes a system of gears called a planetary gear train, similar in concept to the solar system, with a central sun wheel surrounded by planets that revolve around it. Planetary gears come in a variety of sizes, such as 2-stage or 3-stage planetary gears, all of which can be combined with different types of primary gears.

Features of Planetary Reducer

Compared with other reducers, planetary reducer has the characteristics of compact structure, high efficiency, high torque and so on.

  • Compact size: Planetary reducers are distinguished by their small size and lightweight design, ideal for applications where space is limited
  • High Torque: Planetary reducers have a high torque-to-weight ratio, allowing them to transfer large amounts of torque in a small package.
  • High efficiency: Planetary reducers have a high efficiency rating, which means they have low energy losses during operation.
  • Smooth operation: As the meshing of the gears is evenly distributed around the central sun gear, the planetary reducer runs smoothly and quietly.
  • Wide Range of Ratios: Planetary reducers are available in a variety of ratios, so they can be used in a variety of applications.
  • Durability: Planetary reducers are known for their durability and long service life. They are usually made of quality materials and are designed to withstand heavy loads and high speeds.
  • Versatility: Planetary reducers can be used in a variety of applications, including conveyor belts, cranes, and robots.

Because of these unique characteristics, most planetary gear motors can be used not only with motors to reduce speed, but also in other applications.


In summary, planetary reducers are compact high-torque mechanical gear systems distinguished by their high efficiency, smooth operation, wide speed ratio range, durability and versatility. They are used in a wide variety of applications where it is necessary to increase torque while reducing speed.

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