thomas. Tandem Roller. June 04th , 2018.
As internal combustion engine technology improved during the 20th century kerosene- gasoline- (petrol) and diesel-powered rollers gradually replaced their steam-powered counterparts. The first internal-combustion powered road rollers were very similar to the steam rollers they replaced. They used similar mechanisms to transmit power from the engine to the wheels typically large exposed spur gears. Some users did not like them in their infancy as the engines of the era were typically difficult to start particularly the kerosene-powered ones.
In the photo assuming the smallest gear is connected to the motor it is called the drive gear or input gear. The somewhat larger gear in the middle is called an idler gear. It is not connected directly to either the motor or the output shaft and only transmits power between the input and output gears. There is a third gear in the upper-right corner of the photo. Assuming that gear is connected to the machine s output shaft it is the output or driven gear.
Rollers are also used in landfill compaction. Such compactors typically have padfoot or "sheep s-foot" drums and do not achieve a smooth surface. The pads aid in compression due to the smaller area contacting the ground.
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