Posted March 23, 2016

Subaru Adds Axles to Product Line

Subaru Industrial Power Products now offers a series of hydrostatic and mechanical axles for small equipment such as utility vehicles, golf cars, walk-behind machines, turf equipment and mini-crawlers. Original equipment manufacturers can incorporate the axles with Subaru’s line of gas-powered engines for a complete powertrain.

subaru axleDavid Frank, Subaru vice president of sales and marketing explains that “this is one more area where we can share the technology and expertise of our sister division, Fuji Machinery, to bring substantial benefits to the equipment market.”

Fuji Machinery supplies Subaru automotive the transmission for the STI Sports car, as well as many components. Customers recognized Fuji Machinery’s capabilities to cut their own gears, and several OEMs inquired to Subaru about their ability to manufacture axles. 

Subaru responded by introducing nine models that feature heavy-duty construction, forged gears, brass synchronizers and built-in parking brakes or wheel brakes. The first axles were sold to manufacturers in the motorcycle, golf car and all-terrain vehicle and utility-task vehicle industries. Several axle models include bevel pinion gear type differentials, and two of the axles are designed for use with electric drive systems. 

Subaru expects to diversify into other gasoline-engine driven applications in outdoor power, concrete and light construction industries that benefit from adding axles.

“In the future we want to offer customers a full Subaru powertrain. This gives us the ability to meet customer demand and the versatility to move into more applications,” Frank said.

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