At Stephens Gaskets we supply Shim washers need to be hard wearing as well as flexible and supportive, and for this reason they are often made from carbon spring steel. In applications where they need to fill a gap between two moving parts or are designed to minimise wear which would otherwise occur through excess play, the material needs to be both strong and flexible, which is why carbon spring steel is often ideal — it can withstand a lot of pressure and won’t need changing as often as other shim washer materials.


What is a Shim Washer?

One of the main advantages of our precision shim washers are that they can reduce maintenance and repair costs on machinery, as the buffer of a washer helps to maintain the two components that it sits between, meaning that only the shims need to be replaced and not the two components that it separates. As metric shim washers are generally very inexpensive items, this can vastly reduce maintenance and repair costs and ensure that machinery is able to keep running for longer.


We Have the Right Size for You

As shim washers are generally used as compensators to absorb friction and tolerances, the fit generally doesn’t need to be perfect and as such off-the-shelf shims in common sizes are usually more than satisfactory for the job. Where something more bespoke is required, though, we can certainly help to create custom shim washers of any size and thickness.

We supply shim washers UK wide in a range of gauges and thicknesses and can even supply specific internal and external diameters to suit your requirements. Although we stock large quantities in popular gauges, diameters and thicknesses. However, we also pride ourselves on being able to provide bespoke orders.


Always a Quick and Efficient Service

We’re proud to have been to supply shim washers to industry since 1947, ideally placed in the West Midlands to supply our products around the UK — and further afield — as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our experience and expertise in the field is second to none. Therefore, if you have any questions or need further information, don’t worry. Please feel free to contact one of our team who’ll be more than happy to help.

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