Soft Foot (Short Leg)

Since we consolidated shims on last week’s blog post, this week we will be focusing on how to check for Short Leg a.k.a Soft Foot.  Some of the effects of soft foot could include: bearing failure due to loss of clearance, gear mesh alignment in a gearbox due to loss of clearance, premature motor failure due to air gaps in an electric motor being changed, pump clearances and many other problems. Also, keep in mind it is important to check not only the drive end, but also the driven equipment.  Watch this quick video for a recap on checking soft foot.

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