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Glenn Brooks

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Ok, so all the tutorials say gear pitch is measured as teeth per inch (TPI). But so far, I’ve never read how to actually measure TPI.

Are the number of teeth per inch measured along a 1”chord, or around the outside diameter of the gear, or something else?

I would like to determine pitch of a gear we need to replace.

Thanks much,
Glenn
 

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Ok, so all the tutorials say gear pitch is measured as teeth per inch (TPI). But so far, I’ve never read how to actually measure TPI.

Are the number of teeth per inch measured along a 1”chord, or around the outside diameter of the gear, or something else?

I would like to determine pitch of a gear we need to replace.

Thanks much,
Glenn
I believe that gear pitch is specified as diametral pitch which is the number of teeth in the gear divided by the pitch diameter in inches. Pitch diameter id about halfway between the minimum diameter at the root of the tooth and maximum diameter at the crest of the tooth. Diametral pitch is usually a nice number so you can usually determine it with an approximate measurement of the pitch diameter.

All gears with the same diametral pitch and pressure angle will mesh. Pressure angles are typically 14.5º and 20º.

Metric gears are determine4d by module or modulus. Module is equal to the pitch diameter in millimeters divided by the number of teeth in the gear. Gears with the same module and pressure angle will mesh.
 

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RJ, thanks much. I knew that! What was I thinking?? Anyway, easy to figure out what I need now.

Many thanks.

Glenn
 

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Every once in a while you will run across a gear that is odd like an oversize pinion that doesn't match the math. Gear designers will do this to match existing center distance or ratio but design a hunting tooth ratio to spread wear through all the teeth. You can also drop the number of teeth on small pinions using the same center distance to minimize undercutting the tooth profile
 

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There is a trick where you do basic math and add a tooth or 2.

Not sure but have seen it a few times in discussions.

Try Google and look for "determining gear pitch" for starters.

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