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Since 1920, Guden has been a leader in supplying quality hardware products to industry. Our product line is a total solution for your enclosure, cabinet, box or case need. From Hinges to Handles, Gas Springs to Casters, Dampers, Latches, Catches, Supports and other associated hardware are all in stock to attain our goal of being your one-stop hardware source.

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Slow This Year Down a Little!

Guden Dampers
Guden dampers look just like gas springs except they are filled with oil instead of pressurized gas. They're the perfect product for use to reduce the speed at which a door, cover or lid opens or closes and can even be used to slow the motion of gears, levers or pedals. Available from stock in either a compression or extension dampening, or even dampened in both directions as a custom run, Guden dampers can be used in many motion control applications.  They just can't be used to slow down the weeks and months just flying by. Yet. At least not until they're incorporated into a time machine. :)

Is It Really All About That Bass?

Guden Hinge Capabilities
I'm not quite sure really, but at Guden, I am sure that it's All About the Capabilities!  We have access to some of the best laser cutting tools around and can supply a hinge in a shape or form that goes with just about any beat you can think of. Curves, cuts, even legs, no problem! We'd love to fulfill your Guden custom hinge challenge.  And for all the custom hinge help you will ever need, click on over to our custom hinge site:

Hingeing Through The Snow

Snowplow Hinge
Well it's just December 1st and already most of the country has seen their first significant snow fall. And certainly the people on the other side of New York state from us in the Buffalo area have seen more than their fair share with almost 8 feet of the white stuff already.  I'm not sure what kind of plow would even be able to handle that amount, but maybe this plow could help.  It certainly only looks like a standard plow, but upon further inspection I can see it's not.  It's a actually a hinge plow!  The center is unmistakably the knuckles of a hinge and the sides of the plow are actually formed leaves. The hinge allows for the plow sides to rotate around the pin and angle into different positions. Unique for sure, and certainly will rank pretty high up in the running for my hinge sighting of the month.  

Happy Thanksgiving

This turkey has less to be thankful for
Guden is thankful for so much this year, mostly YOU, our customers!

Have a SAFE and HAPPY holiday!

(Guden office is closed Thursday and Friday)

Hinges With Benefits

One of the most important things about picking the right hinge for the job is strength.  What weight do you expect it to hold and what stress will it be under in the application.  And in many cases, you'll need to balance both.

Take for instance this very light plexiglass door covering the spout for a water dispensing unit.  It probably doesn't weight more than half a pound so a light duty .035 thick stainless hinge easily does the trick, but one thing this designer didn't take into consideration was the possibility that people opening the door would also lean on it.  It's pretty apparent that the top of the hinge has already bent from the extra stress.  It could have possibly been helped by a thicker hinge, and also having a connection point closer to the top of the hinge. 

Just one of the things to consider when selecting a hinge.

You can view our wide selection of hinges here:  and for custom hinge help, also see our sister site,

In Honor of Veterans Day

Everyone at Guden is thankful for the time, energy and sacrifices that have been made by all our veterans to protect us, our country and our freedom, including our owner and president Al Guden.

In appreciation.

The Not So Straight and Narrow

So you think that hinge leaves can just be flat or bent?

Well here's proof that they can be other things as well.

These curved leaves are perfect for mounting to a rounded surface. Think oil cans or posts or 55 gallon drums. I can also see several other things. A rounded box corner, an overextended open angle, an inchworm or maybe even a flock of seagulls.

Guden can easily supply a custom leaf shape to your particular requirements. Just send in your print for a quick P & D.

And you can see many more custom operations here on the Guden custom website:

Stop, In the Name Of... Hinge?

I always look at hinges no matter where I am and a doctor's office is no exception. I now actually kind of enjoy when they leave you in the room for what sometimes feels like hours. What used to be time to just sit there patiently waiting has now turned into a Hinge Whisperer's field day for hinge and hardware sightings.

Medical equipment is just full of hinge and hardware, especially stainless steel hinge and hardware. I'm pretty used to seeing a continuous hinge along the top of a metal box cover, but whoa, what's this! I saw the unmistakable hinge knuckles but stopped for just a second before jumping off the exam table to take a closer look. Could it be? Yes! It certainly was.

The knuckle configuration is unmistakable. Maybe some amateur Hinge Whisperers might miss it, but any seasoned one will know that this extra space and toothlike cutting on the knuckle can only mean one thing. Stop Hinge. The cuts on each knuckle are positioned so that when the hinge rotates, the knuckles actually hit each other and stop the rotation. It's hard to see it from a picture, and for once the doctor came in too quickly and I wasn't able to take a video of it, but you can see it here on the Guden Custom Hinges Website.

They're a great way of internalizing a stop into a hinge without having to put an outside guard on the box. The lid will only rotate to the intended stop position and stay there. They're available in two different versions; an inside stop hinge which stops the rotation in the closing arc, and an outside stop hinge which does the opposite for the rotation in the opening arc. Guden has a version of each in stainless steel as a stock item, with other sizes also available. Please see Guden Standard Stop Hinges.

Each is manufactured with a popular 90 degree stop angle built into the hinge. Additional widths can also be supplied as can other stop angle degrees.

So next time you're waiting and waiting for your doctor, why not do some exploring? You never know what hinge treasures you might find.

Guden Supports STEM Education

The 'Sachem Aftershock' Team

That's our robotics team, "Sachem Aftershock" #263 just as they were putting the final touches on the 2013 robot. They went on to win many matches in competition, but were knocked out in the quarter finals (a picture of the arena is below). It was a great season and we all had a blast. Four kids in this photo are now at engineering universities!

The 2014 season is just getting started now and FIRST robotics teams accross the nation need sponsors. Get involved and support your local FRC team!!

The Not So Terrible Twos

We've all heard the sayings but are they really true. Is love really a two way street? Does it really take two to tango? Two wrongs can't make a right? Are there just two sides to every coin? In two shakes of a lamb's tail? Is a bird in the hand truly worth more than two in the bush? But how about the most burdening question of all? Are two hinges better than one?

I think you'll find that in this case, there are two sides to the story. Take for instance these two brochure boxes right next to each other.

One builder chose to put one hinge across the top of the door, and the other chose to use two smaller hinges.

The answer may just be a two edged sword. On one hand, you can offer that one length of hinge is stronger because it supports more of the door surface area, It could be true, but in lighter situations two hinges could easily also support the door weight. Maybe in this case, they liked that two hinges covered less of the see-thru plastic door lending a better view of the brochures within? It's hard to really say. I just know that the size and thickness of the hinge needs to be matched to fit the weight and length of the door to insure it supports it properly. Whether or not you use one or two or even more hinges.

I know you can find many hinges at, and I also know that the best snorkeling must be found in Hanauma Bay.

Guden is The Custom Hinge Source

The Guden custom hinge site is all about custom hinge!

Everything you ever needed to know about the operations that can be done to a hinge and so much more. Drawings, animated files, definitions and explanations for all things hinge.

Check it out and choose the custom operations you're needing and submit a file for quotation. It's that easy.

When Stainless Isn't So Stainless

One of the big misconceptions about stainless steel is that it doesn't rust. True, it offers a higher corrosion resistance than steel, but in outdoor applications, especially like salt water and salt air marine applications, there is that possibility you still get corrosion. Certainly the higher the grade of stainless steel, the more it will be able to resist heavy duty environments, but even when a high grade like 316 stainless is left soaking in salt water long enough, you'll get corrosion.

In this case, it looks like the screws and not the hinge are the rust culprit, though I can't completely be sure without a thorough analysis. It certainly does look like they're the cause of the staining. It might have been better to use stainless steel screws instead of zinc plated ones. You can definitely see the red rings around each screw head and the stain dripping down from each screw. So in this case, it looks like the hinge has held up it's end of the bargain. At least from a visual sense.

Check out the Guden offering of polished stainless steel marine environment hinges here.

Guden also stocks a complete line of hinge and hardware in stainless steel and also aluminum for all your corrosion resistance needs.

American Made at Guden

We proudly showcase our numerous Made in USA products all over the Guden website.

Just look for the Stars and Stripes next to product categories to know which products are proudly manufactured in the USA. It's an important way we at Guden show our pride and we know it makes a difference when you Buy American.

You can see all our product offerings here.

Safe and Secure at Guden

Guden Hasp and Staple sets are a great way to make sure doors or lids are not just closed, but kept securely closed.

Our wide selection of electro-polished stainless steel versions feature hasp arm sizes ranging from 2.50" to 6.00". They are also available with and without holes to meet your mounting requirements. Our steel selection is available without holes and has a hasp arm size ranging from 1.62" to 3.50". We also carry an aluminum version for applications that need to be lightweight, corrosion resistant and secure.

A hasp would not be complete without having a piece for the lock to slip through. So for each Guden hasp, we also sell a matching Guden staple. Custom sizes and hole patterns can also be supplied. But sorry, padlocks aren't included!

See all the lockable options here.

It's a Wrap

Most hinges are made by wrapping a flat piece of metal around a pin.

But with extruded hinges, the leaf is formed as a solid piece. Chunks of the hinge are then milled out to create the knuckles and a hole is drilled down the “barrel” so a pin can be inserted. Then two leaves are meshed together and the hinge is created by sliding the pin through the knuckles. This construction allows for a greater amount of strength and durability for the hinge because it eliminates the unwrapping issue that causes many hinges to fail.

Though of course an extruded aluminum hinge isn’t perfect under extreme stress and weight, but it can help make your application stronger without going to much heavier thicknesses and adding significantly more weight.

Guden carries the entire MS20001 extruded aluminum hinge line in full lengths and can supply cut to length or with modifications such as holes or half hinges for any military specification requirement. But they’re not just for military use, and can be used in any application that require an extruded hinge. You can see the wide array of Guden extruded aluminum hinge sizes here:

Guden Weld-On Hinges Are Sleek And Smooth

Several things came to mind when I spotted this weld-on on the back of a trailer. Well a pair of them, I just wanted detail on the hinge so you just get to see one.

First I noticed the nice clean low profile of the hinge due to the lack of leaves and the simple weld connection along the edge of each piece. That’s probably the best reason to use a Guden weld-on hinge.

Second, on the end to the left there was a grease fitting attachment for lubricating the pin which makes assembling and disassembling easier.

And third, it was very unusual to see this in a horizontal mounting position. But the trailer gate was locked in from the right side so it couldn’t slide off without disengaging. Definitely an interesting find for any Hinge Whisperer!

You can check out the large selection of Guden weld-on hinges here:

Guden and Wagner Casters Just Keep Rolling

*Not* a caster from Guden

When you don’t go with a Wagner caster from Guden, you run the risk of an inferior axle assembly and get this.

And no one wants a caster that doesn't do it’s job and roll across the floor but that’s exactly what can happen when threads, fabric, hair, or whatever else might be on the floor gets caught up in a low quality axle-to-fork connection.

Wagner casters from Guden feature a precision assembly which guards against this kind of problem which keeps them rolling smoothly and effortlessly. Exactly what you want from a caster.

The selection of stock Wagner casters is available here and every single other Wagner part number is also available with just a short wait.

Guden Hinge Design 101

At Guden, there are several ways at looking at this hinge knuckle, and depending on your viewpoint, some of the opinions may be better than others.

When designing the length of the hinge, Guden will always recommend that the length be equally divisible by the length of the knuckle. Or as in this case, you’ll get a partial knuckle that may be a little deformed from the shearing-to-length process.

We can certainly have the hinge cut by a saw so the end is nice and neat and with just a little bit more cost, but if cosmetics are what your application is needing, it might be the way to go. But on the other hand, this deformed partial knuckle may look a little ugly, but it allows for whatever length hinge is needed for the door length, AND as a bonus it also retains the pin so there’s no need to do an extra pin retention step like staking.

So which is it for you?

The Guden Hinge Whisperer

Well it was no surprise to me to receive a sighting from a fellow Hinge Whisperer on their visit to a naval museum!

I know there are always tons of sightings just waiting to be found when military ships, plans or vehicles are concerned. And of course I was also happy to see some other pics of boats and carrier planes... And take this wonderful shot here.

Right there above the NAVY stencil you can clearly see a hinge, which happens to be a standard MS3582911D steel hinge. Yes, It was even verified by sighting the part number stamped into the hinge leaf. Every access door and panel definitely needs some kind of hinge and there are always so many of them on military transportation and ground support equipment.

So if you’re needing military specification hinge, Guden carries a full line of continuous hinges from the MS3500 series and A-A-5500 series hinges to the popular aerospace MS20001 series and MS20257series hinges. Even MS20253 series pins are available. There are also an assortment of military specification handles, catches, latches and Navy locker hardware too.

You can find all of these items here

And I love to see your best Hinge Whisperer sightings, so keep on sending them in to! Who knows, one day you may see your submission posted for the Guden hinge and hardware community.

Happy Labor Day 2014

H A Guden will be closed on Monday 9/1/2014 in observance of Labor Day.

Since 1887, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of our great labor force towards the prosperity and progress of our country the first Monday in September.

If your Labor Day unfortunately includes labor, our websites or are available 24/7 for product dimensions, pricing, drawings and custom hinge information.

Happy Labor Day!

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