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Features to Consider When Selecting Sheaves for Fitness Equipment

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Good fitness equipment is key to quality exercise experience, and great fitness equipment  is only achievable with the proper sheaves. Sheaves help make fitness machines run smoothly and ensure users will feel satisfied after a workout. As there are so many sheave variations, it is crucial to pick the right one for your fitness equipment. When selecting sheaves for fitness equipment, there are three features to consider: size, weight and material.

Below are the three key aspects that will help you buy the right sheaves for your fitness equipment. 


When looking for sheaves it is crucial to pick the correct size. Picking sheaves that are too big will slow down your application, and selecting ones too small will stop your machine from performing at a high level. Large cable sheaves are ideal for high-load applications that run at slow speeds. Small sheaves are best for medium load applications that run at high rates. 


Choosing the correct sheave weight is significant in transforming your fitness equipment from good to great. If you want a steel or stainless steel sheave, small cable sheaves are the best option. If you choose a sheave over 6", steel or stainless steel will most likely be heavy and slow down your fitness equipment. So, if you are looking for a bigger sheave, we suggest process sheaves. These sheaves come in various materials that are lightweight, ensuring that your machine will continue to run smoothly, no matter what sheave size. 


Numerous sheave materials work well for fitness equipment. Steel or Stainless Steel are excellent options when looking for a solid and durable sheave. However, if choosing these two materials, make sure you choose sheaves that provide permanent self-lubrication. If not, you will need to spend a lot of unwanted maintenance time on your sheave to ensure it operates smoothly. Aluminum, Alum-Ceramic, SX Polymer, and Cast Nylon are other options if you are looking for an alternative solution. These materials are great because they can withstand high levels of weight and pressure without damage. For example, SX Polymer process sheaves are stressed tested to 10,000lbs without failing. Non-Steel materials are also a good choice for sheaves larger than 6" as they are light and will not add unnecessary weight to your equipment. 


While there are many other considerations when configuring a machine, sheaves are an integral part of fitness equipment. Choosing the right sheave for fitness equipment involves picking the right size, weight, and material. By considering these three features, you are guaranteed to get the most out of your fitness equipment. 

At eSheaves, we provide a large range of sizes, weights and materials for sheaves. If you want to learn more about our Small Cable Sheaves or Process Sheaves, visit our website here. Alternatively, if you have any questions, we can help! Reach out to us by email through sales@esheaves.com, or by phone at 800-321-5667.