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Old 09-19-2011, 10:48 PM
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How much slack or how tight should the steering chains be on a traction engine when the front axle is aligned straight?

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I complete round of the steering wheel
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Jeff:

Joseph Graziana gave you the correct information, as on page 32 of the CASE Steam Engine Manual, they give these instructions on the steering gear:

Steering. An engine cannot be properly guided unless the steering chains are correctly adjusted. If too tight they cause the steering-wheel to turn hard, while if too loose, the guiding is much more difficult and the control uncertain. The chains are properly adjusted when one turn of the steering-wheel takes up the slack. A weak steering-chain is dangerous and if one has been broken by running into something, or from any other cause, it should not be allowed to go indefinitely, temporarily repaired with a bolt or piece of wire, but should be fixed so that it is as strong as ever.

In guiding an engine many make the mistake of turning the steering wheel too much. It is well to remember that a turn in one direction always means a turn in the opposite direction. Theoretically, the engine would follow a smooth straight road without turning the wheel at all, but in practice it is always necessary to turn it a little. It is important to keep your eye on the front wheels of the engine.


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Thank you Mr. Graziana and Joe K; I need to take a link or two out of the chain on our 1/2 scale.
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