Before you buy shim washers it is important to ensure you are buying quality shim washers that will be able to offer you the highest level of performance. As one of the country’s leading shim washers’ manufacturers, we have over fifty years of experience under our belts designing and manufacturing precision machined components. Our UK shim washers are incredibly high in value and quality and can be produced in many different sizes, thicknesses, and materials.

The purpose of a shim washer

A shim washer is used to fill excess space between parts inside a mechanical device. These parts are all fitted in specific positions but sometimes there can still be excess space. When gaps occur, there’s a risk of the parts being able to move around, potentially hitting into each other and other parts of the machine’s interior. If these parts are left to move around freely, they could damage the machine and cause wear and tear. If left long enough, the unnecessary movement can make the mechanical device unsafe to use and shorten its lifespan. Shim washers are used to fill these excess gaps, preventing unwanted movement, creating a tighter fitting of the parts and enhancing the performance of the machine.

Buy shim washers at Stephens Gaskets

As expert shim washers’ suppliers, we want you to buy shim washers that meet each and every one of your requirements. To help achieve this, we supply our shim washers in an extensive range of materials. The type of material your shim washer will be made from all depends on the environment it is going to be used in. Shim washers can be made with lots of different properties, from corrosion resistance to being fire retardant. We have established and maintained long-lasting relationships with suppliers all over the world to ensure that we have access to the finest quality materials and resources to work with.


Some of the most popular shim washer materials include:

  •    Brass – With non-sparking properties, brass is ideal for applications that involve chemicals and/or explosive gases. It is supple and has acoustic properties, making it suitable for electrical appliance manufacturing too.


  •    Aluminium – Aluminium shim washers are ideal for those who require a non-magnetic impact barrier.


  •    Plastic – Plastic shim washers are incredibly durable, and many plastic materials can resist corrosive materials such as oil. These types of shim washers are easy to manipulate, long-lasting and highly adaptable, giving you a wide scope of applications to use them in.


  •    Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is one of the strongest materials to make shim washers from. It is resistant against rust and corrosion, and can, therefore, be used in heavy-duty environments. Its strength and high impact resistance make it incredibly reliable.


Contact Stephens Gaskets today

If you are looking to buy shim washers and would like some more information about our services, head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 0121 544 5808 to speak to a member of our helpful and experienced team.

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on PTFE Washers.

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