Machine Elements & Parts

Saddle Washer – Features and Considerations

We use different kinds of washer systems to apply different kinds of forces and applications for them. So they are very useful systems that you can use for the placement of fasteners and other mechanical elements. Saddle washer applications are also very common applications. Here, we will check the general features of the saddle washer applications and the general considerations that you need to make when selecting them.

What is Saddle Washer?

Saddle washer.

A saddle washer is a system that we are using for different kinds of applications. They have two surfaces one of them for the saddle where we sit the tubes and pipes, the straight side is for fitting on the surface. So, we can easily mount the tubes and pipes on straight surfaces without the use of welding operations.

There are important points that we need to consider about the saddle washer applications.

Important Considerations about the Saddle Washer Applications

You need to know these considerations if you want to apply the saddle washer applications in general.

  • Metric or Inch? The first point that you need to consider is the metric or inch system. You need to know the fasteners that you will use with these washers. Because the washer that you will select must fit into the fasteners that you will use.
  • Outside and Inside Diameters: These is also very important geometric consideration about the saddle washer applications. Also, the inside diameters are very important for the fasteners that you will use. And outside diameter defines the total surface area that the load will be spread. With the increasing loads, it will be better to have much more higher loads.
  • Thickness: It is also very important how much thickness you need.
  • Material: There are different materials available.
    • Plastic: The mechanical strength is lowest for the plastic ones. But they provide very good electrical insulation.
    • Steel: The structural strength is very good. But in outdoor corrosive environments, rust and corrosion can be problematic issues.
    • Stainless Steel: Most common material that is resistant to corrosion and rust.
  • Finish: According to the surface finish, you can use it for different kinds of applications.
    • Zinc Plated: High-quality zinc plating provides excellent corrosion resistance.
    • Black Oxide: In dry environments, this material provides very good corrosion resistance.


These are the general points about saddle washer applications. While you are looking at the manufacturer’s catalogs, you need to consider these kinds of parameters.

If you have additional comments and questions about the spring washer applications, please leave them below.

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