Tandem Roller. Monday , June 04th , 2018 - 15:00:45 PM
Steam rollers were often dedicated to a task by their gearing as the slower engines were for base compaction whereas the higher geared models were often referred to as chip chasers which followed behind the hot tar and chipping laying machines. Some road companies in the United States used steamrollers through the 1950s and in the UK some remained in commercial service until the early 1970s.
In some parts of the world road rollers are still known colloquially as steam rollers regardless of their method of propulsion. This typically only applies to the largest examples
The third gear in the picture has 42 teeth. The gear ratio between the idler and third gear is thus 42/21 or 2:1 and hence the final gear ratio is 1.62x2≈3.23. For every 3.23 revolutions of the smallest gear the largest gear turns one revolution or for every one revolution of the smallest gear the largest gear turns 0.31 (1/3.23) revolution a total reduction of about 1:3.23 (Gear Reduction Ratio (GRR) = 1/Gear Ratio (GR)).
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