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Post  country girl on Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:41 pm

Just getting ready for the upcoming prospecting season and thought I would get the trommel up and running. It has been sitting in the back yard for some years - I put some new fuel in the tank and it started again - the first time !!!. Sometimes the old and reliable is better as it has often proved its worth (although it looks very much worse for wear).

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Just wondering - a 2:1 gear reduction box runs the trommel box - I would like to change the gearbox oil (all I know is that there is a drain plug at the bottom of the gearbox) - do I simply use normal engine oil or do I need a specific transmission or gearbox oil ??

Cheers De

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Post  pablop on Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:56 pm

Looks like the donk is a Honda, so I would expect it to run first go.

Gearboxes normally have a heavier oil than motor oil depending on the nature of the gearbox.  I am not a qualified mechanic, but if the oil in the box looks reasonable (flows, doesn't have water in it [milky]) and especially if it is reasonably clear, I would just top it up with a similar consistency of gear oil if it is low, rather than change it all.
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Post  Digginerup on Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:50 pm

Very Happy Hi, that is a sweet looking little machine you have there  T06 , I hope you will show us some more pics or video even Wink  when you have it in action , I would love to see the recovery you could achieve with a small unit like that, does that motor cop much spillage when it runs, I would love to play with a toy like that, much better fun I think than a dryblower ...eh Lee!  T24  Q22   I think when I grow up I want to be a prospector  lol!   Rolling Eyes , good luck with it Country Girl .

Wayne. cheers
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Post  someday on Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:30 pm

The best pic would've been of the gear box Laughing

Belt driven gear box? motors not screamen, I'd go with a straight 90 weight gear oil, maybe a tad lighter, but certainly not engine oil!
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Post  rc62burke on Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:41 pm

Digginerup wrote:Very Happy Hi, that is a sweet looking little machine you have there  T06 , I hope you will show us some more pics or video even Wink  when you have it in action , I would love to see the recovery you could achieve with a small unit like that, does that motor cop much spillage when it runs, I would love to play with a toy like that, much better fun I think than a dryblower ...eh Lee!  T24  Q22   I think when I grow up I want to be a prospector  lol!   Rolling Eyes , good luck with it Country Girl .

Wayne. cheers

Hey Wayne I have got a plan! it consists of a Wayne sized "Dryblower" ( yes I have dust masks) don't panic mate rest up over the wet do a bit of "carb Loading" your gunna need it LOL Very Happy Laughing Cool
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Post  Digginerup on Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:54 pm

Rolling Eyes Crikey! could ya load any more carbs into it Rolling Eyes lol! ...what kind of front end loader will we be using anyway  scratch .

Wayne. cheers
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Post  country girl on Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:05 pm

Thanks - great suggestions, here is the trommel gearbox:

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It has not been serviced for many years (ever ??) - the heavier gear oil sounds like a good starting point.

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Post  Digginerup on Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:20 pm

Is that a sight glass on this end of the gearbox?, do the poor old girl a favour ( and yourself in the long run ) give her a new drink of oil and then you know its done, oil is fairly cheap..gearbox's ..not so much Wink .

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