Balancing the Cardan Drive Shafts is essential for Gearbox, but balancing them in the right way can be difficult, particularly when you are working with two or more shanks of different diameters. While it is essential to have consistent counterbalance for even work, it is also important to ensure that each shank is balanced equally and not tipped in any one direction.
One of the easiest ways to balance a Cardan Drive Shafts is to align the drive shaft. Make sure you weigh the shafts directly after mounting them and then again after they have been allowed to settle for a few minutes. This will tell you whether there is any movement within the shanks or not.
It is also important to balance Cardan Drive Shafts on their shanks as well as on their bases. You need to make sure that the shanks are parallel with the base.
Many people choose to balance the shafts individually using wood or a metal bracket. However, this is not advisable as it is very easy to tip the shafts in one direction. This is especially true if you have used too many carpenters' pliers for balancing the shanks.
When balanced, a Cardan Drive Shafts should be moved in one direction only, never both directions. For example, a balance may be able to balance a shank from one side to the other. However, it is always best to balance the shafts in only one direction.
To balance a Cardan Drive Shafts, it is important to be sure that the base is free of obstruction before the shanks are mounted on it. The obstruction can be used as a stand for the base, as a couple of pegs can be placed in the obstructions and used to balance the shafts.
Remember to not place the pegs in too far as the shafts can easily tip towards the pegs. Always adjust the pegs to fit snugly but not too tightly against the base.
Before adding the pegs, make sure that the shafts are completely free of any obstructions. Place the pegs into the base firmly but not too tightly.
As the pegs are pulled onto the shafts, remember to lift the shafts off the base at a slow pace. This should be done several times until the pegs are seated and secure.
Keep the pegs still while the shafts are lifted. Do not allow the legs to slip into the base, as this can cause a slippage that will tip the shafts in one direction or even both.
To remove the pegs, simply slide them off of the shafts, taking care not to damage the shafts. Once the pegs are removed, place the shafts on a flat surface or in a box to allow them to settle before re-balancing.
When balancing the shafts, do not allow them to rest on top of the pegs. Keep the pegs moving down so that they move against the shafts but do not move up so that they do not tip in one direction.