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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 19, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Now this is a big Gear Box !!

The Mrs. and I got to tour the Amsoil Corp offices and manufacturing facility in Superior WI last week prior to attending the Chicago Concert that night. Amsoil now provides roughly 50% of the special gear oil for the Wind Turbine industry in the U.S. It also is factory fill in S.E. Asia on a combined facility with turbine makers over there. They used to require gear oil change every 2 or 3 years. Now with the Amsoil gear lube its every 10 years, saving that industry millions of $$. Imagine sucking 60 gallons of used gear lube from 200' up in the air, then pumping back in 60 gallons of new lube back up that 200' tower.
Anyway, while touring the bottling facility I came across this huge monster steel box and our guide said that is a gear box for the wind turbine industry. The huge blades spin in the air, directing that rotation power into this gear box that then spins the elec. generator machine. Im guessing that ocean ships have even bigger gear boxes but this was amazing to see inside and just marvel at its sheer size. Imagine the crane that has to lift that puppy up 200' and guide it inside the housing at the top of the turbine.
I figured you gear heads would enjoy seeing this monster.
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Did they say what the ratio is?

Interesting the tips of windmills like this are traveling at speeds up to 189 mph
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Re: Now this is a big Gear Box !!

Nice picture, Jim. I would imagine oil changer uses 5-gal buckets, about 50 lbs per can, and carry it up by a internal hoist.
Use gravity for draining. And if pumping from the ground, pumps push better than they suck. Use a gear displacement pump.

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Re: Now this is a big Gear Box !!

You may have to do some sheet metal work on your console to get it to fit.
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Re: Now this is a big Gear Box !!

I sent your questions into my contact but not knowing if that info. is confidential for some reason or not, I will wait to hear from them.

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Ok my contact said that the ratio he was told is 90-1 and that they do pump UP the new fluid to the gearbox. Im wondering now if they have pre-plumbed a pipe system sort of like air pressure lines, with a quick connect at bottom and top so the tanker can just plug in and start pumping when the guy at the top says "let r go " almost like filling a gas tank but under pressure. I will press him to ask more as I find it very interesting how they do that stuff in extremes. In North Dakota in January at -40 you have to wonder if there isnt an inside heated area for all this to happen? But 90-1 seems like a good ratio, maybe not for drag racing though

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