Lawn, Garden & Off-Highway Case Studies
Billions of dollars are spent in the U.S. each year on agricultural machinery. Powder metallurgy (PM) is strongly represented in the agricultural industry and also assists in building and maintaining machinery from basic lawn and garden care to heavy off-highway machinery.
The case studies below are a collection of award-winning parts submitted to the Metal Powder Industries Federation’s annual PM Design Excellence Awards competition in the Lawn, Garden & Off-Highway category.
Initially intended to be a machined wrought part, this conventional PM component is used in a tilt steering mechanism as a pivot on the ATV/SSV application. It is over-molded with plastic and sees very little stress…
Pivot Shift Fork
This powder metallurgy (PM) part is a pivot shift fork that goes into a shifting mechanism in an all-terrain vehicle transmission. The two sets of journals are an absolute requirement as they enable the fork to
Drill Driver Gearbox
This part is composed of five components comprising an output gearbox that serves as feedback for an anti-twist lock on a drill driver. This part contains extremely thin sections with highly complex geometries.
Copper-steel parts that make up a disengagement mechanism of an intuitive differential snowblower system that allows the user to pivot the unit in place by disengaging one of the wheels.
This parking/emergency brake piston is for hydraulic transmissions used in zero-turn-radius lawn-maintenance equipment. Made from FC-0208 iron-copper steel, the piston is compacted with…