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What are the types of gear motors?

2023-03-20 15:28:33

A motor is a motor that reduces the speed of the motor while increasing torque. They combine the functions of the motor with the gearbox to provide a more efficient and compact solution than using separate components. There are several types of gear motors to choose from, each designed to meet specific application requirements. In this article, we will explore different types of gear motors and their characteristics.

What are the types of gear motors?

There are many types of gear motors. The common types are spur gear motors, helical gear motors, worn gear motors, and planetary gear motors.

  • Spur gear motors are the most commonly used type of geared motor. They are typically used in applications that require a simple and compact design, such as small appliances, toys and automotive applications.
  • Helical gear motors have helical teeth that are cut into cylindrical gears. They are designed to run smoother and quieter than spur gear motors and have a higher torque density, which makes them ideal for high-torque applications such as conveyor systems, pumps and heavy machinery.
  • Planetary gear motors consist of multiple external gears rotating around a central gear, with an outermost ring to fit the planetary gear winding path. They provide high torque output in a compact size and are ideally suited for applications requiring high precision and torque, such as robotics, medical devices, etc.
  • Worm gear motors have a worm gear that engages with a gear. They provide high torque and low speeds, making them ideal for applications that require the transmission of large amounts of force at low speeds, such as conveyor systems, cranes, and hoists.


There are several types of geared motors, each with unique characteristics and advantages. When selecting a geared motor, application requirements must be considered, including torque, speed and power requirements, as well as operating environment and life expectancy.

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