Alloy Steel Woodruff Keys
Woodruff keys work well near shaft shoulders, where a standard open keyway would create too much stress. They are also often used on tapered shafts. These keys have a rounded shape that makes them easy to remove when parts need to be taken apart frequently, such as for maintenance or prototyping. Because they’re usually shorter than standard machine keys, they work best in light duty applications. Use them to connect gears and other components to shafts. Also known as half moon keys.