Makishinko Worm Gear Reducers

Since their founding in 1963, Makishinko Co. Ltd. has continually produced some of the highest quality and most reliable products in the industry. They accomplish this through superior technology in both design and manufacturing.

Makishinko worm gear speed reducers are designed for fixed ratio applications with a 90-degree drive. They are composed of an integral worm input shaft that is shaped like a screw and a corresponding brass gear machined to have a tooth profile of the same configuration.


Input / Worm Shaft

The integral worm input shaft is precision cut out of a solid piece of steel, induction hardened, and then precision ground. This ensures a long life and smooth operation.

Alloyed Bronze Gear

The gear is made of special aluminum bronze; this increases tensile strength and improves durability.

Gear Housing

The solid casting is designed to be shock resistant and rigid, with appropriate surface area and fins for heat radiation. The painted inside seals against corrosion and prevents oilcontamination from casting. On worm top models, special chevrons are cast internally to direct oil to bearings,increasing lubrication and life.

Oil Containment

Oil seals are mounted internally in the output and input covers to avoid damage from outside sources. An additional O-ring is installed in the output cover to ensure an oil tight fit.



Most well known in the US for their Right Angle Worm Gear Reducers, Makishinko also produces Screw Jacks, Planetary Reducers for servomotors, Bevel Gear Reducers, and Fractional HP Gearmotors.

Hampton PT maintains a large inventory of Makishinko’s Right Angle Worm Gear Reducers as well as a select group of their other products. The majority of stocked reducers have SAE shafts but reducers with Metric shafts are available for order.


Worm reduction gears features


A worm gear is a type of interlocking gear composed of a worm shaft and worm wheel. The worm is shaped like a screw and the worm wheel is a type of gear machined to have a tooth profile with the same configuration.
The operation of a worm gear is similar with that of a bolt and nut. The principle is the same as a nut that has been fixed so that it cannot rotate and therefore progresses in the axial direction when the bolt is turned.
The design of a worm gear is thought of through the relationship between the rack and spur gear on the middle plane of the worm wheel.

Figure 1 The structure of a worm reduction gearsm

Figure 1 The structure of a worm reduction gears


In a single thread worm, when the worm shaft rotates one time, the worm wheel progresses by one tooth (rotates). In a double thread worm, the wheel progresses by two teeth.

High reduction ratio One rotation of the worm rotates the worm wheel by one tooth. Because of this, in a 1 speed reduction gears, the wheel can be manufactured so that it will be rotated 1/60 (1/120 in special applications).
Orthogonal shaft The shafts are aligned orthogonally because of the structure. This characteristic makes it possible to layout the turning transmission direction at a right angle.
The arbitrariness of the rotation direction The screw direction of the worm can be clockwise or counterclockwise (generally clockwise). It is possible to change the rotation direction of the worm wheel by changing the screw direction.
A wide variety of shaft layouts The wide variety of shaft layouts is one of the features of interlocking gears.For instance, right shaft output, left shaft output, dual shaft input and dual shaft output, etc., combine for a total of 14 types (Figure 2) and, if attachment orientations are included, it is possible to select from over 40 layouts.
Low noise, low vibration The interlocking of the worm and worm wheel is characteristic because the contact is linear and the relative slide is great. In comparison with rolling power transmission, noise and vibration are extremely low. For this reason, this technology is used to drive medical equipment, elevators and escalators, etc.
Figure 2 The types of worm reduction gears

Figure 2 The types of worm reduction gears

The primary specifications of worm reduction gears

MA Series(Small)
Center distance(mm) 32,40
Reduction ratio 10,20,30,40,50,60
Input capacity(kW) 0.1~1(at an input of 1800 rpm)
Output torque(N・m) 20~66
Input speed(rpm) 0~1800
MA Series(Medium)
Center distance(mm) 50,63,80,100,125,140,160
Reduction ratio 10,15,20,25,30,40,50,60
Input capacity(kW) 0.4~30(at an input of 1800 rpm)
Output torque(N・m) 900~3570
Input speed(rpm) 0~1800
S Series
Center distance(mm) 50,60,70,80,100,120,135,155,175,200,225,250,300,350,400,450,500
Reduction ratio 10,15,20,25,30,40,50,60
Input capacity(kW) 0.3~255(at an input of 1800 rpm)
Output torque(N・m) 50~56600
Input speed(rpm) 0~1800

Key points when selecting a worm reduction gears


When selecting a worm reduction gears, the procedures for selecting the correct gear are described in the manufacturer catalogs and the series and models should be selected according to those procedures. Particular care should be taken in key areas such as selecting the load index, calculating the overhang load and examining the heat rated capacity from the manufacturer.

Cautions during use

When using a worm reduction gears, the heat produced during the initial period of use is high and running-in operation at 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of rated torque for eight hour periods is key to sufficiently achieving the performance of the worm reduction gears.

Maintenance and inspection

After completing running-in operation (approximately 50 hours), it is necessary to change the lubricating oil and to change the lubricating oil after that about 1 time per year according to the operation manual provided by the manufacturer.

Applications and examples of use

Worm reduction gears are used widely in a variety of industrial machinery. This includes conveyors, winches, machining equipment, amusement park equipment, stage equipment, multilevel parking garages, automatic assembly equipment, food product manufacturing equipment, medical equipment and traveling cranes.
The example of the use of worm reduction gears in rotary stockers (vertical rotary automated storage), a product of Makishinko, shows the successful utilization of the features of a worm reduction gears including quiet operation in limited space, highly accurate positioning, self-locking, and dual input shafts (an optional manual driveshaft for power outages). Another example is the application of a ball screw in a worm jack.



All ratings per AGMA standards.
The values used in these tables are at AGMA service factor 1.0

Makishinko Geared Motor GE Series

Motor output 0.1 to 2.2 kw, reduction ratio 5 to 200

Compact and Light Weight Geared Motor
This series achieved smooth operation and low noise, and a wide variety of  applications are possible because of the compact and light weight design.

makishinko gear motor GE series


  •  AC Gear Motor
  • Makishinko Brand
  • Foot mounting
  • Brand Name: Makishinko
  • Model Number: GE Series
  • Type: Gear Motor
  • Frequency: 50
  • Output Power: 2.2KW
  • Protect Feature: Totally Enclosed
  • Phase: Three-phase
  • Certification: JIS
  • AC Voltage: 208-230 / 240 V
  • Place of Origin: Japan
  • Efficiency: IE 2