Planetary final drives

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Planetary final drives

Joined: August 3rd, 2005, 6:52 pm

May 30th, 2017, 1:40 pm #1

In some sources (like Spielberger) it is claimed that a bottleneck in the supposed availability of gear-cutting machines capable of machining internal teeth required for the fixed gearwheels of planetary gearing prevented the Panther from having these stronger final drives. Question us that did any designer/man-in-power suggest using Farman-type (bevel) planetary gearing? The Farman-type does not need gearwheels with internal teeth.
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Joined: July 12th, 2005, 8:15 pm

June 3rd, 2017, 2:24 pm #2

I don't really know the answer, Germans always over engineer everything and perhaps it was a matter of pride to not divert from specific engineering norms. I know that they were very dogmatic about silly things sometimes, like sending a tank back to the factory because the leather of the drivers seat wasn't the correct spec. I kid you not.

Regards
Steve

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