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Drive Shafts

Whether DIN, SAE, Mechanics or special connections - we manufacture almost every Cardan Shaft

By cooperating with the leading Cardan Shaft Manufacturers and service companies worldwide, we can cover almost any requirement. Our Cardan Shaft warehouse with more than 20,000 positions offers a maximum of type diversity, from which almost every Cardan Shaft can be manufactured.

On our balancing machines, we can balance Cardan Shafts up to 6,000 rpm and 2.8 tons in weight and 10 meters in length. All common connection types, such as DIN Ø 58 mm to 550 mm, SAE 1110 to 2000 series, Wing Style 2C to 20C, KV/XS Ø 100 mm to 210 mm, hub connections as well as US + Japanese standard connections are available.

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Your Drive Shaft according to your specifications:

Technical design of Cardan Shafts

With the help of the latest 3D software, we can also display special assemblies with adapted connections, enabling us to meet the ever-increasing demands of our customers. An FEM analysis ensures the smooth and safe design of the Drive Shaft for all possible applications. The Drive Shaft is manufactured in accordance with the internal specifications of our quality management DIN ISO 9001:2015.

EDS - European Driveshaft Services

EDS - European Driveshaft Services was founded by Welte Cardan-Service GmbH in 2002 as a trade and service brand and symbolises the cooperation with our national and international partners. EDS stands for quality, deliverability and fair prices.  

Under the name Welte Cardan-Service you will find our national and international competence centres for repair, new production and service. 

Welte Drive Shaft Product Range

Our Drive Shaft Product Range includes more than 5,000 ready-to-install Drive Shafts and more than 20,000 Drive Shaft spare parts. Welte Drive Shafts are available both in the standard version and in the reinforced version (e.g. for heavy-duty shafts), each with and without length compensation. For tight installation conditions, a Short Couple Shaft will be used. Depending on the application, Steer Axle Joints, Constant Velocity Drive Shafts and any kind of Drive Shaft Combinations can also be delivered. You can find more information about our Drive Shaft Product Range on our subpage. 

What is a Drive Shaft?

A Drive Shaft is a machine element allowing for torque transmission between spatially offset input and output axes. Dynamic changes in length are compensated by means of a toothed sliding piece, the offset by means of universal joints (also called cardan joints). Torque fluctuations caused by large deflection angles, also called cardan errors, are minimized by using universal joints in pairs.

Where are Drive Shafts used ?

Drive Shafts are mainly used in vehicle construction (motor vehicles + commercial vehicles). In the agricultural sector, Drive Shafts are used, for example, to drive tractor attachments. Due to advancing automation, Drive Shafts are also becoming increasingly important in the field of engineering, both mechanical and plant construction.