brakes. The planetary steering system (fig. 6-10) differs from the one previously described in that the planetary pinion gears are two gears of different sizes, machined into one piece. Two sun gears are also included. One sun gear is splined to the sprocket pinion shaft, and the other is machined on the steering brake hub. The sun gear, machined to the steering brake hub, performs the same function as the ring gear in a conventional planetary system. Bushings are used to isolate the sprocket drive shafts and the steering brake hubs from the bevel gear carrier and the planetary carrier. Lubrication is provided from the oil sump located below the assembly.
When the tracked equipment travels straight ahead, its steering brakes are held in the applied position by heavy coil springs. Braking prevents the steering brake hub and sun gear from rotating and forces the large planetary pinion gears to "walk" around the sun gear. Then power is transmitted to the sun gear on the sprocket drive shaft from the smaller planetary pinion gears.
When a gradual turn is being made, the operator moves one of the steering levers back far enough to release the steering brake on one end of the planetary system. When the brake is released, the planetary pinion gears stop "walking" around the sun gear on
|1. SPROCKET DRIVE SHAFT||7. SPROCKET DRIVE SHAFT SUPPORT BUSHINGS|
|2. STEERING BRAKE DISK||8. STEERING BRAKE SUPPORT BUSHINGS|
|3. STEERING BRAKE HUB AND SUN GEAR||9. PLANETARY GEARS|
|4. PLANETARY CARRIER||10. SPROCKET DRIVE SHAFT SUN GEAR|
|5. PLANETARY CARRIER BEARING||11. BEVEL GEAR|
|6. BEVEL GEAR CARRIER|
Figure 6-10. - Planetary steering systems.Continue Reading