Who We Are

Belden Universal (Belden Tools, Inc.) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality special-purpose universal joints (also called cardan joints), drive-shaft assemblies and couplings made to customers’ exact specifications. Cutting edge, innovative manufacturing technologies and processes provide Belden the flexibility to produce small batches and custom parts just as cost-effectively as high-volume standard universal joints. Capabilities include customized hub configuration, length or the complete redesign of joints for special applications. Belden delivers solutions to all industries and applications where power is transmitted. Belden universal joints are available as heavy duty, high strength, leveler strength or needle bearing, manufactured from a broad array of materials and platings. Belden Universal was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Hillside, IL, USA. Click here to read about the History of Belden Universal.


For over 40 years, Belden has supplied the world with the highest quality power transmission products, satisfying the most stringent industry standards. Belden universal joints are manufactured from only the highest grade alloy and stainless steel on CNC machinery. They are available with any one of a variety of finishes such as cadmium, black oxide, manganese phosphate, zinc phosphate and nickel plating. Belden practices Total Quality Management to assure quality throughout the manufacturing process and to ensure that the end product meets and exceeds our customer’s expectations.


Belden universal joints are designed and manufactured from components that are precision ground, hardened and designed to guarantee closely held tolerances. Exact manufacturing accuracies ensure that Belden universal joints will perform optimally with long life and minimal backlash, even in the most adverse operating conditions. 


Our long history of success speaks well for the reliability of each Belden universal joint. For more than 40 years, Belden universal joints have been specified by engineers who have come to rely on the quality and durability Belden offers.


Although most Belden single, double and special universal joints are machined from high-quality alloy steel and designed in conventional assemblies, today’s varied applications often call for special materials, finishes and sizes. When designing stock or custom assemblies, Belden engineers can assist the designer in choosing the optimal combination of materials and finishes to solve virtually any unique application. 

Forward Thinking: a note from the president and owner

As we look to the year ahead, Belden Universal will continue to move forward, continue to explore and continue to implement the latest in new manufacturing systems and production control technologies.

Our goal is to build upon the overall competitive advantage we've established and to service the very specific needs of our customers, regardless of the industry and markets in which they operate. This will help Belden continue to act as a true partner to our existing OEM and distribution customers, who are seeking increasingly greater value from their precision parts vendors. Consequently, Belden will be able to identify, branch into and penetrate exciting new markets worldwide.

Please join me at www.BeldenBlog.com to discuss overall trends in manufacturing and my vision. In the Belden Blog, I am constantly on the lookout for recent industry trends, opinion leaders, news, and best-practice examples. What's more, I'd love for you to contribute your own such thoughts and urge you to forward to me any such items you may encounter.

Thank you for your interest in Belden Universal,

Perry Sainati



(708) 344-4600
4100 Madison Street
Hillside, IL 60162

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