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Why is paint clearance important?

Guden Hinges and Hardware

Paint clearance is the normal gap left between the knuckle and the barrel of the hinge when it is made. It's used as a guideline for the thickness of the painting or plating applied to the hinge surface.  Most professional finishers will ensure that they are within the guideline, but if they don't, the error is usually quite obvious.  See here for more information: paint clearance | Anatomy of Hinges | Glossary (

What could be better than 100 years? Well, 101 years of course!

Since 1920, the H. A. Guden Co. has been looking forward to its 100 year anniversary.  Well we all know what happened to celebrations in 2020 and we are certainly thankful that we are here to celebrate in 2021!  Our greatest appreciation and gratitude to all our loyal customers over the past century.  Happy 101st Guden!

Now you see them, Now you don't!

Soss Invisible Hinges are the perfect product for when you need a concealed hinge.  Decorative and strong, they're mounted within the door and frame for a minimal gap, and when the door is closed, the hinge is hidden from view.  Available in dozens of sizes and finishes, with styles for both wood and metal cabinets.  See the full line here:  Soss Hinges.

Custom Hinges are a Guden Specialty!

Hinge Guru

When one of our stock products just doesn't do the trick, Guden can quickly and easily supply your exact requirement.  Choose from our long list of customizations:  holes, slots, and self-clinching fasteners, cut-to-length, bends, special widths and so many more.  

Upload your specifications  here.  Or let our Hinge Guru guide you!

Mortise mount butt hinges

Mortise mount butt hinges

Guden's mortise-mount butt hinges are swaged to provide a tighter fit between door and frame.  Often mounted in a mortise, the result is a closer fitting door.

Five sizes are available, with both spun-tight pin, and removable pin.  All have countersink holes for flat head screws, and are available in plain steel and Zinc plated steel.

Summer is for Boat Hinges!

It's summertime and its the perfect time to upgrade your boat hinges. Guden has a wide variety of boat hinges in stock and ready to ship. Guden hinges are high quality and affordable. 

It is time to stop paying the brick and mortar fee. Guden can ship these hinges to you at a fraction of the price of  major retail boating stores. 

Guden is Open and Shipping

Guden is Open and Shipping

H. A. Guden Co., Inc. has been classified as an essential business by New York State criteria, and we will continue to supply components for all our customers, many of whom are vital to manufacturing, medical and food preparation and supply.

So, in case you were wondering, Yes we are open and shipping your orders.

We are practicing robust distancing, disinfection and containment here, and two thirds of staff are working from home. We have sufficient capability, and solid stock levels, so we plan to be shipping for the duration. Guden is also committed to working with you if this global situation has interrupted your business. Please do not hesitate to contact us to let us know if we need to move ship dates in or out, add or decrease orders, or even freeze shipments to your location(s).

Guden will strive to be open for as long as it takes to win this fight. Together we can overcome this challenge!

Piano Hinges with Holes

Piano hinge with holes

Need some continuous hinge with holes fast? See here
  • In stock, ships today
  • Steel and Stainless Steel
  • Plain, brass or nickel finishes
  • Standard hole patterns
  • customized to requirements.

Happy Holidays From Guden!

2019 happy holiday

Guden would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday! Here at Guden, we always put up a beautiful Christmas tree in our office.  Guden closing times: 

  • Christmas Eve after noon
  • Christmas day
  • New Years Eve after noon
  • New Years Day

Long Hinges - Huge Selection of Piano Hinges & Continuous Hinges

Are you looking for long hinges? You have come to the right place! Guden has a huge selection of long hinges in a variety of lengths and sizes. Our hinge lengths range from 4 inches to 96 inches. 

Our long hinges are also known as piano hinges and continuous hinges. Our piano hinges are a best seller at Guden because we have a great selection and competitive prices.

They are available in aluminum, plain steel, stainless steel, polished stainless as well as other pre-plated options.  Our piano hinges can be ordered with or without holes and staking. 

To make things simple, we created a page for our customers to use who are looking for long hinges of a particular size. Please use our piano hinge filter tool. The tool is easy to use and customer friendly. 

Sail away this summer with Boat Hardware

What is better than a day at sea with the sun shining and wind in your hair? Summer is almost here and we can't wait. Here at Guden, we love being a part of these special moments at sea. Did you know that Guden carries marine hardware? 

 Guden has a large variety of marine hinges that are perfect for boat applications. Guden marine hinges include 316 stainless steel boat hinges, aluminum boat hinges, stainless steel boat hinges, strap hinges, T-hinges, lift off hinges, weld-on bullet hinges, butt hinges and piano hinges. 

 Our Marine hinges are very affordable compared to our competitors. We offer same day shipping to get these hinges to you quickly and conveniently. These hinges are strongly corrosion resistant.

Spring is Here! And We've Got Spring Hinges


It's finally Spring! The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and we're celebrating with our huge selection of Spring Hinges

Did you know that Guden has the largest selection of Spring Hinges anywhere? Just like the many flowers popping up this season, our Spring hinges come in a wide variety of styles and types. 

We stock them in both spring-loaded-to-open and spring-loaded-to-close versions. You can get them with and without holes. They are available in steel, zinc plated steel, stainless steel and aluminum. 

We have what you are looking for. Check out our selection or request a custom to meet your exact needs. 

Guden went viral!


Have you seen our viral video on Youtube? It already has over 22,000 views this year. Here at Guden we love sharing our hinge expertise with our customers and fans. We have a dedicated customer service team that is available to help answer your questions. 

 Feel free to contact us if you need any help and connect with us on social media to stay up to date with our new product releases, tools and tricks. 

 Check out our video to learn more about the different types of hinges we carry and be sure to subscribe. We will be releasing new videos throughout the year!


Gas Springs - What is a Gas Spring

Gas Spring Definition:

(noun) A motion control device that offers controlled raising of an object with the use of gas pressure.

Gas Spring Synonyms

Gas Springs can be called many different things. There can sometimes be confusion about what a gas spring is due to the multitude of different names. Gas springs can be called gas struts, gas spring lifts, gas props, gas shocks and more.

The Difference between a Gas Spring and Damper

People looking for Gas Springs tend to either want a gas spring or a damper. Dampers assist in closing at a controlled speed. Dampers reduce speed with no added force. For more information on our dampers, please see our entire selection of extension and compression dampers.

Guden has a wide selection of Gas Springs

Guden gas springs are the perfect product to help control the motion of your lid, door or cover. Each pair is capable of helping keep the lid in the closed position, aid in lifting, and then holding the lid in the open position. Each gas spring is pressurized with nitrogen gas and contains a small amount of lubricating oil within the cylinder.

Different Types of Guden Gas Springs

Guden gas springs have competitive pricing, great quality, are stocked and available for same day shipping.

4 Easy Steps to a Guden Custom Hinge

Need a Custom?

  1. Choose your design.
    • If you have a drawing, or even a simple sketch, you can send that right to us.
    • If you have an idea, but need a little help with the drawing, our Design Templates are at your disposal.
    • If your idea is still a little rough, and you need some human help, our Customer Service Representatives are happy to work with you.
  2. Guden quotes you a price.
    • We review the drawing to ensure we have all the information necessary to provide a price.
    • We send you a comprehensive price quote.
  3. Need hinge
    design info?
    Check the guru!

  4. Place your order.
    • You provide us with your purchase order.
    • We provide you with a Guden drawing of your hinge, and get your final approval on it.
    • We send you your order confirmation and ship date.
  5. Your parts arrive!
    • Send us a picture of your custom hinge in action! We love to see a successful project.
    • We look forward to working with you again in the future!

Free CAD models at Guden - Make Designing Easy

Here at Guden we pride ourselves on making industrial hardware easy. We know designing any product into your application is a lengthy process.

Downloadable CAD files can save you a lot of time in the design process. For this reason Guden offers both 2D CAD drawings and 3D CAD models for most of our major product lines including continuous hinges, slip and butt hinges, and gas springs and dampers.

To find one of our CAD Models:

Simply visit our website,

Browse our huge selection of stock products which are ready for same day shipment.

Next, select the product you are interested in.

Then click on the item number. After, go to the item information section and click on the 3D CAD model button. Choose the model format of your choice (IGES, STEP, ParaSolid). Lastly click download.

The CAD files are available in Parasolid, STEP, and IGES and are easily imported into all major CAD systems such as:

• AutoCAD • SolidWorks • Alibre Design • Catia • I-Deas • Unigraphics • Pro-Engineer • Solid Edge • KeyCreator (CADKey) • IronCAD • think3

Power Box with Bullet Hinges

bullet hinge power box

Have you ever seen a bullet hinge?

 Bullet hinges, also known as weld on hinges, are perfect for applications that require welding and door removal. They have a smooth appearance for welding due to their leafless hinge. Also, they easily slip apart so you can remove the door from its enclosure. 

Here we see a bullet hinge on a Power Box. This is a great application to use bullet hinges because the hinges allow you to completely remove the door in case you need to conduct maintenance on the power box. You can also find bullet hinges on a variety of applications including cab enclosures, metal cabinets, toolboxes, safety containers, gates, doors and safes. 

Guden has a large selection of bullet hinges in stock and ready for same day shipment. Browse our huge selection and competitive prices!

Cam-Stays Support the Motion of Lids and Covers


What is a Cam-Stay?

A Cam-Stay is a manually operated telescopic multi-positional stay designed to support axial loads up to 250 pounds. They provide quick and steady support and are ideally suited for applications where a weight must be held or supported at various angles.  Cam-Stays are simple and reliable, and come in either the basic style or the reversible style. Our Cam-Stays are in stock and ready for same day shipment. To view our entire selection of Cam-Stays, click here

The Benefits of Cam-Stays

  • Easy to install
  • Maintenance free
  • User friendly
  • Up to 10 adjustment positions
  • Stops at any holding position

Typical Applications

  • Access Panels
  • Display Panels
  • Signage
  • Machine guards 
  • Storage boxes
  • Site and tool boxes
  • Hospital beds
  • Massage tables

How to Use a Cam-Stay

To operate the Basic stay all you need to do is slightly extend the arm from its closed state until it locates into the desired holding position.To operate the Reversible type stay, extend the arm from its closed position until it locates into the desired holding position. We created the video below to demonstrate how to use both the reversible and basic Cam-Stay. 

All Cam-Stay telescopic positioning stays are universal and can be mounted with the holding slots mounted up or down. You can either mount the Cam-Stays directly to the application through the mounting holes or by mounting brackets.

Gas Spring Cross Reference - Finding Your Gas Spring

call 800-344-6437 for help

Let us help you find a match! With our wide variety, we can often find a gas spring in stock that matches the one you are looking for, or comes very close. 

Please provide as much information as you can on the form to the right. The more information the better.  You can also upload a photo an existing label using the form at right..

Data to include if available:
  • Quantity required (ex: need 20 Gas Springs)
  • Brand name (ex: Guden)
  • Part number (ex: GGN20-060-C)
  • Rod diameter (ex: 0.32 in or 8mm)
  • Tube diameter (ex: .71  in  or 18mm)
  • P1 force (ex: 60 lbs or 265N)
  • Extended length  (ex: 9.6 in or 244mm)
  • Minimum stroke (ex: 3.25 in or 83mm)
  • End fittings (ex: "C" connector)
  • Mounting Hardware (ex: L bracket)

Complete the form and leave it to us, we'll get back to you pronto.  Or call us at 800-344-6437.

Feel free to use the drawing below as an example to help you describe the different specifications of your gas spring.

Custom Hinge Experts


Since 1920, Guden has been helping people get the perfect custom hinges and hardware that they need. We have years of experience and expertise in this sector. We care about your specific project and know the key factors that help keep a custom hinge's cost down and the quality up.

Depending on your situation, you may want to modify a stocked hinge, add secondary operations to a custom run hinge, or manufacture a brand new custom hinge. Either way, our knowledgeable customer service team is here to help answer any questions you may have throughout the process. 
For immediate help with your custom hinge project, please visit our design guidelines. Or you can contact our customer service team, and we will get back to you during our business hours. 

Selecting the Right Hinge for Your Application

Types of Hinges

Guden works hard to provide a broad selection of hinges for our wide range of customers. We know that with so many options, it may be difficult choosing which hinge is right for you and your application. We decided to create this video to help present the different types of hinges available to you. 

We also have a section of our website dedicated to helping you choose the right hinge for your application. Please check out our types of hinges page. If you need further assistance feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable customer service team who is ready to assist you. 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend! In honor of Memorial Day, Guden will be closed on Monday, May 28th, and will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th. 

Guden celebrates Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. These men and women put there lives on the line everyday to fight for our freedom and safety. We are extremely grateful for their service and bravery. 

Sachem Aftershock Competes at World Championships

Detroit FIRST Championships

Sachem Robotics Team 263, Sachem Aftershock, competed at the FIRST World Championships in Detroit from April 25th to April 28th.
 Aftershock was one of 67 teams in the Curie Subdivision and was ranked 22nd after the Qualification Matches, which placed them as one of the top two ranked Long Island teams that attended the Championships.
 Attending the competition was an amazing experience for the team members, mentors and family members that traveled to the event.

Brand New Plastic Hinges

Plastic Hinges

Introducing the New Line of Plastic Hinges

Our new and improved plastic hinge line is better than ever!

Guden is excited to announce the introduction of our new  Plastic Butt Hinges. The lightweight, low cost, and corrosion resistant nylon 6 plastic hinges are a great choice for marine and other transportation applications. Our plastic hinges come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes.

Why Choose Our New Plastic Hinges

Low Cost - Nylon 6 plastic hinges are less expensive than comparable metal hinges.

Corrosion Resistant - Nylon 6 plastic hinges are resistant to oils and grease. They do not corrode in sea water, are non conductive and have no galvanic reactions.

Lightweight - The nylon 6 plastic material weighs as little as more expensive aluminum metal hinges, making them great for transportation applications like marine, automotive and aerospace industries where you would be concerned about fuel efficiency and weight.

Attractive - The black surface has a fine pebbled finish that looks trim and neat.

Smooth action - The nylon 6 bearing surfaces offer low friction with no need for lubrication.

Also Check Out Our Plastic Piano Hinges

Our plastic piano hinges are another popular choice. These hinges are also known as plastic continuous hinges and polyhinges. They are extremely durable and have been tested through over one million flexes without failure. They are also lightweight, low cost, weatherproof, and corrosion resistant. 

We have a wide variety of plastic continuous hinges. Our standard lengths are 36'', 77'' or 1200'' coils. Our standard widths are 1'', 1.5'', 2'' and 3''. The plastic hinges come in gray, white and black. They can be cut to any length. Just let us know the open width, color, quantity and length needed.  

Sachem Aftershock Selected For World Championships

Sachem Aftershock

As a proud sponsor of the high school robotics team, Sachem Aftershock, we would like to congratulate the team on their performance this weekend. Sachem Aftershock participated in the Long Island FIRST Regional event hosted by Hofstra University. Although the team did not advance to finals, they made it to the semi finals as a seed team. 

In addition, we would also like to congratulate the team for their selection into the world championship. Because of the team’s overall competitive performance at both the SBPLI Long Island Regional 2 as well as at the Palmetto Regional, Team 263 has been selected to compete at the FIRST World Championships in Detroit from April 25th To April 28th.

Huge Selection of Hasps and Staples

Did you know that Guden has a huge selection of hasps and staples in stock and ready for same day shipment? Hasps and staples are perfect for securing the closure of a lid or door. 

How To Use A Hasp and Staple

Hasps and staples are very simple to use. The hasp has a slit to allow for the staple loop to come through and enables a lock to be placed around the staple loop. Once a lock is in place, the hasp and staple is secured and the lid remains closed. Upon removal of the lock, the hasp and staple can separate to open the lid. 

Sizes and Styles

Guden has a variety of sizes and materials in stock. Our hasps range from about 2 inches in overall length to about 9 inches overall length. Our staples range from .86 inches to 1.5 inches in overall length. Additional sizes may be ordered as a custom

As for material, the hasps and staples come in aluminum, stainless steel, and plain steel. Our stainless steel hasps and staples are electro polished for an extra decorative finish. 

Wagner casters on clearance sale

Casters on Sale

We need warehouse space, so we're clearing out our stock of genuine Wagner casters.

These parts are going for a fraction of cost -- we need the shelves!

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1F2305B26000197 Caster 5x1-1/2 PLRG Zinc
1F2306027000199 Caster 6x1-1/2 PLRG Zinc
1F2804B26000197 Caster 4x1-1/2 PLSW Zinc
1F2804B26002197 Caster 4x1-1/2 PLSW Zinc BK
1F2806027002199 Caster 6x1-1/2 PLSW Zinc Bk
1F2905B26002110 Caster 5x1-1/2 POSW Zinc BK
1F2906B26002110 Caster 6x1-1/2 POSW Zinc Bk
1F5307709000197 Caster 2-1/2x1-3/4 PLRG Zinc
1F5803438HD0197 Caster 3x1-3/4 PLSW Zinc
1F5803438HD01AM Caster 3x1-3/4 PLSW Zinc
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1F5803709002197 Caster 3x1-3/4 PLSW Zinc Bk
1F5807709000197 Caster 2-1/2x1-3/4 PLSW Zinc
1F6303P260001AM Caster 3x1 PLRG Zinc
1F6304P26000100 Caster 4x1 PLRG Zinc
1F8806C2508P190 Caster 6x2 PLSW Zinc Bk
1F9303009000100 3 X 1 1/4 RIGID CASTER
1F9303B26000100 Caster 3x1-1/4 PLRG Zinc
1F9305B260001AM Caster 5x1-1/4 PLRG Zinc
1F9307009000100 2 1/2 X 1 1/8 SPARTAN CASTER
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2F6805004002100 Caster 5x1 PLSW Zinc BK
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2F9803009002100 Caster 3x1-1/4 PLSW Zinc Bk
2F9803B26000100 Caster 3x1-1/4 PLSW Zinc
2F9805B260001AM Caster 5x1-1/4 PLSW Zinc
2F9805B260021AM Caster 5x1-1/4 PLSW Zinc Bk
2F9807009002100 Caster 2-1/2x1-1/8 PLSW Zn Bk
2F9903004000105 Caster 3x1-1/4 POSW Zn
2F9903B26000101 Caster 3x1-1/4 POSW Zinc
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2F9904B26002104 Caster 4x1-1/4 POSW Zinc BK
2F9905B26002106 Caster 5x1-1/4 POSW Zinc BK
3F0344B250001AM Caster 4x1-1/4 PLRG Zinc
3F0349B270001AM Caster 3-1/2x1-1/4 PLRG Zinc
3F08B4B250001AM Caster 4x1-1/4 PLSW Zinc
3F08B5B250001AM Caster 5x1-1/4 PLSW Zinc
3F08B9B270001AM Caster 3-1/2x1-1/4 PLSW Zinc
4F8305438000190 Caster 5x2 PLRG Zinc
4F880543800F190 Caster 5x2 PLSW Zinc TL

Our boys clean up tournament

Our warehouse guys Steve and Brian handily beat the field in the local Cornhole tournament, winning this rather fancy set of boards.  They had a little trouble at the start but then ran the table. 

The pair practice on lunch breaks and are very accurate.  Maybe a regional event is next? 

Happy International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day, we would like to honor all the women who work here at Guden. We really appreciate all the hard work that they do. You are all amazing! 

In addition, we would also like to honor all the female students of the Sachem Aftershock robotics team. The team placed eighth this season in the Palmetto Regional Competition. Girls in STEM rock!

Sachem Aftershock Advances to Finals

We would like to send a big congratulations to Sachem Aftershock! This weekend the team competed in the Palmetto Regional meet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The team advanced to the finals and placed eighth.

The Palmetto Regional Competition  is a three-day event that  showcases robots developed and operated by high school teams from all over the world. We are so proud to sponsor Sachem Aftershock. They are such a bright, talented and determined bunch of students. We'll be rooting for them in future competitions! 

What is a Piano Hinge?

A piano hinge is a type of hinge known for its long length and is typically one to six inches wide and six feet long or longer. People tend to refer to these hinges as "piano hinges" because they are known for supporting the lid of the popular musical instrument -- the piano. Yet the technical name of these hinges is actually "continuous hinges". 

Benefits of Piano Hinges 

Piano hinges distribute weight and stress in a uniform fashion, are easy to install and align and can handle a great deal of wear and tear.  They also can be cut to length to meet the exact need of your application. 

Types of Piano Hinges 

Guden has a wide array of piano hinges. Some of the common lengths of piano hinges are six foot, seven and eight foot lengths, although shorter and longer lengths are also possible. They come in many different types of materials including: 

How To Make Hinges - Making A Custom Hinge

Interested in how to make hinges? Maybe you are interested in the anatomy of hinges and how they work or maybe you need a very specific type of hinge that is hard to find. 

Well lucky for you, we can supply an entirely customized hinge to meet your exact specifications. These custom hinges will be manufactured and quality inspected to your specific requirement. This will save you time and our knowledgeable customer service team will help you to work through the process of getting the perfect hinge.

Making your own hinges from scratch is time consuming and expensive.  Guden has been supplying custom hinges since 1920. We have the expertise, material variety and operational capabilities you need for success. Our prices are competitive, our quality is tested and assurance, and our delivery times are great.  
No matter what you need, our customer service team can assist you.  So don't bother with how to make hinges yourself, let Guden do the work. Please fill out one of our forms, or call 1-800-3-HINGES

Gas Struts - What is a Gas Strut

Gas Strut

Many people tend to be confused about the differences between gas struts, dampers, gas springs, gas shocks and other words used to describe similar products. Sometimes these terms are even used interchangeably. In order to make sure that you are purchasing the right product, carefully examine the different functions of products that people sometimes call "gas struts."

Gas Spring

Gas Springs are found in a variety of applications like office chairs, overhead cabinets, food equipment, manufacturing equipment, agricultural equipment, automotive equipment and more! Gas springs are great for helping control the motion of your lid, door or cover. The gas spring can help keep the lid in the closed position, aid in lifting, and hold the lid in the open position. Gas springs are pressurized with nitrogen gas and contain a small amount of lubricating oil within the cylinder.


Dampers are another great way to control the motion of your door, lid or cover. In addition, they're also useful to control the movement of a lever, gear, pedal or linkage mechanism. Each damper is filled with gas and a small amount of lubricating oil. Through a series of chambers and orifices, the movement of gas can slow the motion in the extension or compression of the rod with the tube.

Dampers are available in two basic styles - Compression or Extension. Compression dampers slow the movement of when the damper compresses together. On the other hand, extension dampers slow the motion of a damper when it extends. There is also the option of specialty dampers with dampening in both directions as a custom run.

* Be careful when purchasing struts and shocks because they can be filled with either oil, gas or both*


A strut is used as one of the components of a vehicles suspension. The suspension is the system of parts that connect the vehicles wheels to the rest of the car. The major functions of a vehicles suspension are to support the vehicle, absorb impact from road irregularities like bumps and potholes and to allow the vehicle to turn the wheels. A strut is involved with helping all these major functions.

A strut is made of two parts, a spring and a shock absorber. The spring is usually a coil spring which is spiral shaped. The spring supports the weight of the vehicle and absorbs the shock of major bumps. The shock absorber also can support the weight of the vehicle but its main function is to dampen the vibrations that occur after major shock. For example, it stops the vehicle from bouncing up and down after a bump.

Shock absorber

Shocks are also used in vehicle suspensions. Although shocks and struts are similar, they are different. Therefore they should not be used interchangeably. Thus, a shock cannot be used to replace a strut and a strut cannot be used to replace a shock. The main difference between the two parts is that a strut is a structural part of a vehicles suspension, where a shock is not. A shock is meant to dampen the vibrations that occur when your vehicle hits major bumps in the road like pot holes.

shock strut PC: Alko Shocks

Gas Strut Conclusion

A gas strut can mean a variety of different products. If you are searching for a "gas strut," you may be looking for a gas spring or damper since they are filled mainly with gas. Guden has a large variety of gas springs and dampers in stock and ready for same day shipping. Prices for the gas springs and dampers are competitive and our customer service team is ready to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the gas springs and dampers. Please note that Guden does not sell struts and shock absorbers for vehicles.  

What is a Butt Hinge - The "Classic" Door Hinges

Butt Hinges

  • a type of hinge that is attached to the abutting surface of a door or lid.
 Butt hinges are one of the most popular hinges used today. When you look at most commercial doors, you will probably see a butt hinge supporting the door. These hinges are usually about 6 inches in length or shorter. They are installed for a variety of different applications and have many uses. 

A butt hinge is composed of two hinge leaves. One is usually attached to a fixed component such as a wall or door jamb and the other is attached to a moving component such as a door. These hinges are usually mortised or recessed into both surfaces.  The pin secures the leaves together and allows for movement. 

Most butt hinge pins are removable to allow for door removal, but some are non removable for security purposes. Check out our selection of removable pin butt hinges.

A more secure solution than the removable butt hinges are butt hinges with staked pins. Staked pins hold tight, but with some effort the pin can be driven out and removed. We have a huge selection of butt hinges with staked pins.

A great solution for secure hinges is choosing a butt hinge with pins spun on both ends. This pin will not go anywhere unless you grind off one of the spun ends. Browse our selection of nonremovable butt hinges.

Some butt hinges can even contain springs to allow for a supported opening or closure. Review our selection of spring butt hinges

Need a customization? We can provide a variety of customization options ranging from plating, holes, cut to lengths, bends, offsets and more! Butt hinges can be drilled and supplied with whatever hole pattern you choose. For more information regarding custom butt hinges, visit our customization page. 

Guden helps bridge the Gender Gap in STEM

Sachem Aftershock

Every year Guden sponsors Sachem Aftershock. Sachem Aftershock is a high school robotics team that is competing in the FIRST Power Up Challenge. The FIRST competition is a wonderful opportunity for students to use and exhibit their STEM skills. 

This year, the number of female Sachem Aftershock team members has grown! This is exciting to see as women are still underrepresented in STEM fields. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, "Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce."  

The FIRST competition helps give both male and female students the confidence to succeed in STEM careers. Therefore, increasing the number of young women in STEM clubs like Sachem Aftershock may help bridge the gender gap. Guden is proud to be a part of something that aims to bring gender equality in STEM and builds confidence in all students alike. 

Here are our current female team members! 

How to Take Off Door Hinges - Removing Door Hinges

Removable Door Hinges

Need to take a door off its hinges?  There could be many reasons why you would need to take a door off its hinges. For example, maybe you need to test operations or conduct maintenance on a mechanical or electrical door. Either way, the flexibility of being able to easily remove a door is a great design feature.
Unfortunately separating ordinary hinges can be a problem. Removing ordinary hinges requires detaching the secured pin. Even when the pin is designed to be "loose" as in an ordinary houshold doors, pins can be difficult to remove. 

Luckily there is an easier alternative to the ordinary hinges. Choose from one of our specialty removable hinges. Our lift-off hinges have features built in that enable you to lift off a door without the process of removing a hinge pin. We have a wide variety of lift off hinges including:

Block hinges -  These hinges have a smooth block appearance. They also have holes for mounting purposes.

Weld on hinges - These hinges can support heavy applications and are meant to be welded on.

Slip Joint Hinges - Slip joint hinges come in female and male parts. The male slip joint hinge is shown left and the female hinge is shown on the right.

Flag hinges-  These hinges were named after their flag-like shape. We have a variety of different types of flag hinges to support a number of different applications.

Two other alternatives to lift off hinges are the unhinge and the latch hinge. These hinges are removable due to their latching mechanisms and don't rely on gravity to hold the hinge together. 

The Unhinge - view our entire selection of quick release unhinges. These hinges have double sided latch action.

Latch Hinge - view our entire selection of latch hinges. These hinges have single sided latch action.

Guden sponsors RFC Team 263 Sachem Aftershock

First AfterShock

The new season has begun of the 2018 FIRST Power Up Challenge. Guden is proud to sponsor Sachem Aftershock which is a team of bright high school students who compete against other students in robotics competitions. 

The goal of FIRST sponsorship is to inspire young people to become the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. 

Last year, Sachem Aftershock was the 2017 Long Island Regional Winner! We are so excited to see how these students perform this year. They are the reason we continue to support and sponsor Sachem Aftershock. 

What is a Hasp? Locking Hasps and Staples

Hasps and Staples

  •  A hinged clasp used for securing a door, lid, etc. Hasps usually pass over a staple and are fastened by a pin or a padlock.
  • A metal fastening hinge consisting of a strap with a slot that fits over a staple and is secured by a pin, bolt, or padlock
Verb (used with object)
  • To fasten and secure with or as with a hasp.
  • (transitive) to secure a door, window, etc. with a hasp

Guden has a large selection of both hasps and staples in stock and ready for same day shipment. These items are sold separately. 

These hasps come in a variety of material including: 
1. electro-polished stainless steel
2. plain steel  
3. aluminum 

Hasps and staples are great for a variety of applications but they are best known for security. Hasps and staples are compatiable with lockers, doors, lids, hatches, cabinets, and more!

They are available with and without holes for mounting purposes. Yet any item can be custom drilled and supplied with whatever hole pattern you choose. For more information regarding custom hasps and staples, visit our customization page. 

Magical Spring Hinges

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Did you know that Guden is part of the magic? Our spring hinges are used in the prop bag carried by Piff the Magic Dragon in his show! 

Piff the Magic Dragon is a magician and comedian from the UK who was discovered on America's Got Talent. He now tours the country performing magic shows with this prop bag.

Huge Hinges

Huge Hinge

Guden has a wide variety of hinges of all shapes, styles and sizes to meet your needs. Our larger hinges can accommodate heavy duty applications. To get a heavy duty hinge like this, we have heavy duty hinges in stock or can create a custom hinge for you.  

This huge hinge is used to support movement of very large museum doors. Can you imagine how big this door must be to need such a huge hinge?

Merry Christmas from Guden!

Guden Christmas

We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas from all of us here at Guden. We hope your holiday is filled with happiness, peace, and love.

We will be closed Monday, December 25th and will reopen again on Tuesday, December 26th. 

Safe and warm wishes! 

Crazy Custom Hinges

Guden Custom Hinge

Every now and then we get in a custom hinge that is just so unique that we have to show it off. This custom hinge is black with cut outs, multiple bends, and a removable pin. 

This is the perfect example of just some the types of customization we can do for you. Send us a drawing to get your own custom hinge

Strap and T Hinges

Strap and T Hinge

Our Strap and T Hinges are great for marine and trailer applications. 

They come in polished stainless steel to endure harsh outdoor conditions. In addition, the polish also gives them an aesthetic benefit. 

If you need a custom Strap or T hinge, send us a drawing of your requirements here.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

We are very thankful for all of our loyal customers. Thank you for choosing Guden time and time again. 

In honor of the holiday, we will close Wednesday afternoon, Thursday Thanksgiving Day, and Friday. We will reopen on Monday, November 27th. 

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Guden Sponsors Robotics Team

Sachem AfterShock

H.A. Guden is proud to sponsor Sachem Aftershock again this year. 

Sachem Aftershock is a FIRST Robotics Team compromised of students and alumni from the Sachem Central School District.

The FIRST competition gives students the opportunity to learn basic electronics, software engineering, mechanical engineering, programs such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, and teaches them how to use a wide range of tools and machinery. 

Custom Heavy Duty Hinges

Heavy Duty Custom

Need a custom hinge for a heavy duty application? 

Here at Guden, we got you covered. Just submit an inquiry to our Custom Hinge page. 

Our custom hinges are made strong to handle all sorts of heavy applications. For example, the hinge in this picture is used for heavy duty medical equipment. 

With the pins welded on one side, this hinge has great pin retention. 

Guden Gas Springs

Guden Gas Spring

Our Guden Gas Springs come in all shapes and sizes. They are the perfect product for controlling the motion of your lid, hatch or door. 

Our Gas Springs do two key things.
  • They aid in lifting to help with opening heavy lids
  • They also slow motion when closing to prevent the heavy lid from slamming shut. 
To check out our entire Gas Spring collection, click here

Custom Hinges at Guden

Custom Hinges

Can't find what you are looking for in our huge inventory? 

Here at Guden, we can create the perfect Custom Hinge for your application. Whether you need to add holes, cut the hinge to a specific length, add springs, or more, we can help! 

Since the beginning of this year, we have helped over 1200 people get the custom hinge that they needed. 

Simply fill out a form or call 1-800-3-HINGES for more information. 

Heavy Duty Hinges at Guden!

Heavy Duty Hinge

Here at Guden, our hinges come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know about our Heavy Duty Hinges?

Our heavy duty hinges are perfect for moving heavy lids, doors, cabinets, gates and more. We carry a huge selection in stock that are strong enough to handle these jobs.

Also keep in mind that if you don't find what you are looking for, we can create the perfect heavy duty hinge for you. Simply fill out a form on our Custom Page.

A Very Strange Hinge

Strange Hinge

We've been in the business of selling hinges for almost 100 years now. So you can imagine that we have seen just about every type of hinge. Yet every now and then we will see a hinge that just amazes us. 

What is even more amazing is that someone somewhere thought to create this cool hinge. These creators and innovators inspire us. 

Every year we have over 1,000 customers who design custom hinges. If you are interested in creating a custom hinge, please visit the Custom Hinge Section

Guden Cares About Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Harvey Guden

Our hearts go out to all of the people whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. 

We would like to thank all of our employees who donated to Hurricane Harvey relief. Together as a company we were able to contribute over $2,000 in donations! 

Remembering 9/11


We would like to honor all those who lost their lives on this day 16 years ago. We will never forget! 

Did you know that Guden's original office was located about one mile and a half away from the World Trade Center? Our original office was on Canal Street back in 1920.

Guden Celebrates the Start of the NFL

NFL Guden

In honor of the NFL season starting tonight, Guden celebrated with our NFL Kickoff Luncheon.

Everyone here at Guden was able to honor their favorite team by wearing their team's jersey.

Who's your favorite team?

Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, we will be closed Monday, September 4th. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5th.

We would like to thank all of our employees for their outstanding work and dedication. They are the reason industrial hardware is easy here at Guden. 

A Unique and Antique Pivot Hinge

Antique Pivot Hinge

When we stumbled upon this antique pivot hinge, we had to stop and admire its uniqueness. At Guden, we've been selling pivot hinges for years and are very familiar with this type of hinge. Yet, this pivot hinge truly looks one of a kind. 

Pivot hinges are a low cost type hinge that works great with light weight doors. Pivot hinges operate on a pivot post and provide a swinging action unlike other hinges. 

Need Help Selecting A Gas Spring?

Force Analysis Graph

Selecting a gas spring for testing can be tricky -- Let Guden give you a hand.

Using the form at right, and this pdf, you can give us a clear idea what you are looking for.  We will do our best to put together an estimated design solution using a spring shipped right from our stock.  You can then test that sample spring on your prototype.

A couple of common misconceptions about gas springs:

  • A 10 lb door requires a 10 lb force spring ➔ rarely true! The force required is usually several times higher than the weight of the door.
  • You only need one spring ➔ Yes, but your door is likely to twist with one spring.  Using two gas springs delivers better performance, reliability and safety.
Guden offers a complete line of hardware for your metal cabinets or related products: brackets, hinges, latches, handles – Guden has it all.