Advantages & Disadvantages of Plastic Gears

by Neal Litherland - Updated September 26, 2017
The plastic gear

Despite the prevalence of electronic devices, a great deal of current technology relies on more traditional machinery to get the job done. For example, gears still play a large role in many important machines, from wind farms to heart pumps. To save cost and weight, many gears are made of plastic.

Corrosion

Unlike metal gears, plastic gears are completely immune to corrosion.

Weight

Gears made of plastic tend to be lighter in weight than similar gears made out of metal.

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Cost

Plastic gears are, in general, less expensive to produce than those made of metal.

Strain

Plastic gears can warp under strain. This can be a problem if the plastic becomes hot.

Wear

Plastic gears can have their teeth worn down from repeated use. While this is true of any gear, plastic as a material isn't as durable as metals, though manufacturers can add coatings for the teeth.

About the Author

Neal Litherland is an author, blogger and occasional ghostwriter. His experience includes comics, role playing games and a variety of other projects as well. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Indiana University, and resides in Northwest Indiana.

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