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more than 370 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $16 billion in product sales.

Resources | Product Training | Power Transmission Handbook®

Power Transmission Handbook®

Individual chapters now available in Spanish. Order copies today.

First published in 1969, PTDA’s Power Transmission Handbook is the most comprehensive primer on the products, technology and concepts that move industry.

The Power Transmission Handbook 5th Edition provides users with power transmission/motion control product knowledge and basic application skills. With nearly 400 pages of text, charts, diagrams, drawings and photos, the Handbook provides an unmatched “go-to” resource.

Each of the seventeen chapters describes:

  • A product or technology and its various types and uses.

  • Maintenance and diagnostic tips.

  • Basic application and selection criteria.

You’ll find the Handbook useful as:

  • an excellent primer for new inside/outside salespeople

  • the go-to reference for more experienced employees

  • an ideal resource to train customers on installation and maintenance


The Power Transmission Handbook is available in the following formats:

  • Print–soft cover; English only

  • e-Book, available for download  in both Apple and Kindle formats

  • English–Individual chapters only in file protected pdf format

  • New! Spanish–Individual chapters only in file protected pdf format

Review the 5th Edition Table of Contents.
Read an excerpt from the 5th Edition Gears chapter.

Power Transmission Workbook and Answer Guide

The Power Transmission Workbook  and Answer Guide provide a complete training program that can be used in self-study or classroom environments.  Quantity discounts are available.

Product Training DVDs

Looking to educate your employees on certain products only? With each chapter of the Power Transmission Handbook available as a file protected PDF document, you can customize your training program to focus on the product categories you sell. Supplement the training with the accompanying Product Training DVD for a comprehensive overview of the product category.

Instructors Tool Kit

If you are planning to train a group of individuals together, consider the Instructor’s Tool Kit. The Kit includes:

  • Power Transmission Handbook, Workbook, Answer Guide
  • Power Point Slide Deck for 14 chapters (also available per chapter)                                                                  
               Note: the slide deck corresponds to the 2014 edition of the Handbook.
  • Electronic Exam Bank

Put the power of the Power Transmission Handbook and Workbook to work for you today!

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