Hand Wheels

A hand wheel is a manually operated circular metal or plastic wheel with a pre-drilled hub in the centre. This enables the hand wheel to be mounted onto a shaft or spindle. Hand wheels can be solid or spoked and are also available with a fixed, revolving or foldaway handle for ease of use.

What are hand wheels used for?

Handwheels are typically used to position and adjust machines and valves in factories, mills and workshops. They can also be used to control access to compartments. Handwheels are ideal for quick adjustments to heavy duty industrial machinery, especially where heavy torque is required. This makes them perfect for industrial use in a range of applications, allowing for safe operation of machinery by hand.

Types of hand wheel

Machine handwheels come in a range of different styles to suit every application. Handwheels are used for both heavy-duty and light-duty applications. They include:

  • Spoked handwheels
  • Solid handwheels
  • Dished handwheels

Types of handle

Handwheels are available with or without a handle. Handles can be stationary (fixed), revolving or fold-down. Handles give the user a better grip and provide more control when operating the device.

Hand wheel materials

Handwheels are made from a range of different metals and plastics. The material of the handwheel would depend on the application or environment it is to be used in. They include:

  • Aluminium handwheel and Die-Cast aluminium handwheels
  • Steel and Stainless Steel handwheels
  • Plastic handwheels which include polymers, nylon and thermoplastics

Hand wheel applications

Handwheels are utilised in a wide range of applications, some of the most common environments are:

  • Valve adjustment
  • Lathes - Wood and metalworking
  • Sewing machines - Adjustment and control of threads
  • Printing - Adjustment and regulation of paper feeds
  • Marine - Compartment doors and cupboards

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Description Price Handle Spoked Wheel Diameter Mounting Hole Diameter Mounting Hole Depth Drilled Hub Wheel Material Insert Material Colour
RS Stock No. 237-366
BrandRS PRO
MYR284.15
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None Yes 250mm 17mm 28mm Yes Steel - Black
RS Stock No. 237-328
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MYR247.68
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None Yes 200mm 14mm 24mm Yes Steel - Black
RS Stock No. 702-7866
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MYR185.33
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Fold Away Revolving No 100mm 5mm - Yes Nylon Steel Black
RS Stock No. 237-536
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MYR283.30
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Revolving Yes 140mm 14mm 19mm Yes Die Cast Aluminium - -
RS Stock No. 237-542
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MYR149.58
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None Yes 125mm 11mm 18mm Yes Steel - Black
RS Stock No. 702-7857
BrandRS PRO
MYR163.23
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Fold Away Revolving No 80mm 5mm 31mm Yes Nylon Steel Black
RS Stock No. 702-7841
BrandRS PRO
MYR248.66
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Fold Away Revolving No 150mm 8mm - Yes Thermoplastic Steel Black
RS Stock No. 237-520
BrandRS PRO
MYR443.80
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Revolving Yes 200mm 18mm 24mm Yes Die Cast Aluminium - -
RS Stock No. 161-1975
BrandRS PRO
MYR56.61
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None Yes 126mm 12mm 22mm Yes Glass-Fibre Reinforced Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-2044
BrandRS PRO
MYR195.17
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Revolving - 160mm 40mm 20mm - Phenoplast Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-2012
BrandRS PRO
MYR246.50
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Fold Away Revolving Yes 160mm 14mm 25.5mm Yes Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-2025
BrandRS PRO
MYR553.38
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None Yes 300mm 52mm 30mm Yes Phenoplast, Vegetal Fibre Reinforced Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-1992
BrandRS PRO
MYR105.71
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Revolving Yes 126mm 14mm 22mm Yes Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-2013
BrandRS PRO
MYR246.50
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Fold Down Yes 160mm 16mm 25.5mm Yes Glass-Fibre Reinforced Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-2043
BrandRS PRO
MYR156.90
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Revolving - 120mm 28mm 14mm Yes Phenoplast Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-1973
BrandRS PRO
MYR58.71
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None Yes 100mm 12mm 17mm Yes Glass-Fibre Reinforced Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-1999
BrandRS PRO
MYR193.46
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Revolving Yes 200mm 16mm 34mm Yes Glass-Fibre Reinforced Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-1995
BrandRS PRO
MYR141.15
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Revolving Yes 160mm 12mm 25.5mm Yes Glass-Fibre Reinforced Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-1991
BrandRS PRO
MYR94.12
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Revolving Yes 126mm 12mm 22mm Yes Glass-Fibre Reinforced Technopolymer Steel Black
RS Stock No. 161-1988
BrandRS PRO
MYR90.29
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Revolving Yes 100mm 10mm 17mm Yes Glass-Fibre Reinforced Technopolymer Steel Black