Foothills Steel Foundry Australia

Gear Rack

P&H Rope ShovelFoothills Steel Foundry manufactures the gear rack for rope shovel dipper handles.

Are you experiencing premature, irregular or inconsistent wear on your gear racking? Are teeth breaking out or do you have cracked sections on your welded joints? Then help is at hand.

gear racking

At Foothills, we have been busy re-developing our alloys and manufacturing processes to bring you a range of manganese or alloy steel gear racking that exceeds OEM production specifications.

Not only are the alloys unique but the heat treatment process is different too – we use a proprietary quench in both manganese and alloy racking which increases the hardness/toughness of the end product. Add in the capability to machine tooth flanks on the alloy rack, and it gives you a refined product with precise pitch control. Precise pitch and timing result in better pinion engagement, less backlash, and greater wear life.


  • Our racking is currently offered in Alloy Steel or Manganese
  • The common sizes of shovel our gear rack fits are 2100, 2300, 2800, 4100 XPA or XPB
  • Fully customizable number of teeth, including from 50 – 60 depending on pitch or shovel requirements
  • All racking either meets or exceeds OEM specifications for dimensional accuracy and performance
  • Added efficiency means you experience less downtime
  • Comprehensive QC documents for each section, from casting and machining to assembly, all individually marked and recorded
  • Guarantee of 8000 hours, with a pro rata warranty in the case of any premature failure

Ask us for a comparison quote on your next gear racking order and see if Foothills can increase your wear time and reduce your expenses.

To chat to us about your gear racking needs please contact us on 1300 556 442 or