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Centrifugal Clutches – Common Problems & Solutions

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Centrifugal clutches, or friction clutches, are used in a wide variety of machinery and engine applications. In comparison to other types of clutches, centrifugal clutches generally have lower maintenance requirements. A well-designed and maintained centrifugal clutch should provide a long and reliable service life. Centrifugal Clutch Won’t Engage If your clutch won’t engage, It usually […]

The Importance of Centrifugal Clutches in Engines

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Centrifugal clutches are integral to the operation of many mechanical devices and systems. By transmitting power between the driving components and the driven components, they enable machines to start and stop operations as needed. Below, we discuss how these devices work and what role they play with engines. How Do Centrifugal Clutches Work? All clutches […]

Should I Use a Centrifugal Clutch or a Torque Converter?

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In power transmission applications, power can be transmitted from the driving component to the driven component by a variety of mechanical devices. Two of the most common devices utilized for this purpose are clutches (e.g., centrifugal clutches) and fluid couplings (e.g., torque converters). Below, we highlight how each of the devices works and what applications […]

A Message to the BLM Community Amidst COVID-19

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To our BLM Customers: As we, at BLM, are monitoring the ever-changing climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers. Supply Chain Impacts We are constantly monitoring for any impact. We have assessed a very low risk […]

The How and Why of Centrifugal Clutches

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BLM designs and manufactures centrifugal clutches for a wide variety of small and large applications. They are integral machinery components in almost every industry, and there are numerous benefits to their usage. This critical component is ideal for starting power equipment safely and effectively. How a centrifugal clutch operates The primary purpose of a centrifugal […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Centrifugal Clutches

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You may be familiar with centrifugal clutches (sometimes referred to as a friction clutch), a type of clutch that uses rotational (centrifugal) force from a power source to drive a shaft, chain, or belt. Centrifugal clutches can be found in chainsaws, sawmills, conveyors, compressors, and other engine applications. By using centrifugal force, the clutch shoes […]


Going for Gold!

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As Labor Day approaches, it signals the unofficial end of summer. And what a summer it was! The Summer Olympics wrapped up with a record number of medals won by U.S. athletes, the most golds out of any country and the most medals won by U.S. women in any Olympic games. The gold medal is […]

In a Jam? Let BLM Solve Your Mechanical Troubles

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In clutch situations (pun intended), not every manufacturer can come through with alternative solutions for originally specified equipment. That’s what sets BLM apart from other clutch manufacturers. Our portfolio of over 4,000 drawings enables us to modify designs for any challenging application. It is one application in particular that we feel best represents our custom […]

BLM Automatic Knows the Secret to a Long Life…

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Recently, at BLM, we were talking about our elders and the oldest people we know. My father turned 98 earlier this year, and one of my co-workers had just turned 80. Not everyone is fortunate to know someone in their 90s, but many of us do. We live in a time when life expectancy is […]

What Cicadas, Marathons and BLM Automatic Clutch All Have In Common…

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We recently read an article in The Washington Post, “Billions of Cicadas Will Ascend Upon the Northeastern United States as Another 17-Year Cycle Concludes.” In addition to introducing us to the website Cicada Mania, the article got us thinking: At BLM, we are like cicadas. Just because you don’t see the cicadas while they’re hibernating, […]