As a leading gearbox distributor, JHFOSTER carries high-precision gearboxes in various customizations, including lightweight, low noise, and compact designs. Manufactured from the latest technology, our gearboxes guarantee long operational life and low maintenance costs. 

We are constantly striving to be at the forefront of industry innovation with new designs that will accommodate advances in machinery and technology. Select from our wide range of highly durable and efficient electric gearboxes, suitable for various applications.

What Is a Gearbox?

A gearbox is a mechanical device used to change the speed and torque of a motor by using gears. They are a crucial component of any equipment because they allow for smooth, precise changes in speed or direction. 

Gearboxes are used in a variety of industrial applications, including:

  • Automotive industry
  • Food and Beverage
  • Machine tool
  • Material Handling
  • Printing
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and gas
  • Power generation
  • Paper and pulp
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Textiles

Different Types of Industrial Gearbox

Several types of gearboxes are used in different industries, each designed for a specific purpose. Some common types of gearboxes include:

  • Helical Gearbox: Typically used in high-speed applications, these gearboxes use helical gearing that is cut at an angle, which reduces noise and vibration. They are popular in the construction of rubber, cement, plastics, and other heavy industrial applications.
  • Bevel Gearbox: This type of gearbox is used to change the direction of a shaft. The gears in a bevel gearbox are cut at an angle, which allows them to mesh together smoothly. These are commonly used in the mining industry, quarries, and conveyors. 
  • Planetary Gearbox: A planetary gearbox consists of two or more gears that rotate around a central gear called the sun gear. Known for its endurance and precision, this gearbox is commonly seen in cutting-edge technologies like 3D printing and robotics. 
  • Worm Gearbox: A worm gearbox uses friction created by turning gears. This makes it ideal to be used in applications requiring high torque. Some examples include heavy industrial settings such as chemicals, fertilizers, and minerals.

Coaxial Helical Inline Gearbox: Designed for heavy-duty applications, the coaxial helical inline includes many parts and is made using high-precision techniques. They are commonly used where constant, smooth gear changes are required, such as compressors, conveyor belts, wind turbines, and pumps.

Reach Out to Us Today

Achieve seamless operations and dramatically decrease maintenance costs with exceptional gearboxes from JHFOSTER. Our certified technicians will be happy to walk you through the specifications, design process, and implementations of your new gearboxes. 

Get in touch with us for a free quote. For more information on our products and suppliers, feel free to contact us at 855-688-0065.

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JHFOSTER distributes these products shown as well as evaluates, designs, engineers, integrates and services the entire system.


Motion & Mechatronics

  • Rotary/Linear Motion
  • Sizing/Consultation
  • Motors/Drives/Control
  • Robots
  • Conveyors

Sensors & ID

  • Presence
  • Inductive/Capacitive
  • RFID/Bar Code
  • Safety


  1. Networks (LAN/WAN)
  2. HMI/Web Panel
  3. Remote Access/Monitor


  • Horizontal Millin – 5 axis
  • Vertical Milling = 5 axis
  • Turning (up to 14″)
  • Swiss Turning (approximately 3 – 20 mm)
  • CAD Solidworks
  • Gibbs & Surfcam


  • UL508A Certified Panel Shop
  • Control Panel Build
  • Enclosures
  • Value Added Sub Assemblies: Pneumatic, Mechanical, Electrical, Build to Print
  • Horizontal Millin – 5 axis
  • Vertical Milling = 5 axis
  • Turning (up to 14″)
  • Swiss Turning (approvximately 3 – 20 mm)
  • CAD Solidworks
  • Gibbs & Surfcam

Frequently Asked Questions

They are not. A gearbox for a motor is a device that changes the speed or direction of a shaft while a transmission changes the speed or direction of an engine.

The type of gearbox you need will depend on the application. Factors to consider include: the type of load, the required speed and torque, the environment, and the size and weight of the gearbox.

There are several reasons why a gearbox oil leak might occur, including a cracked housing, damaged seals, or a loose drain plug. If you notice a leakage, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible to avoid damage to the gearbox.

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Contact us today at 855.688.0065 or email us and one of our certified technicians can walk you through which gearbox, servo reducers or coupling is right for your specific application.
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