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Old 02-06-2014, 09:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
Meshing all gears all of the time seems inefficient. Perhaps they aren't loaded so the friction is greatly reduced?
That's correct--there isn't a whole lot of friction because the gears are all spinning on roller bearings. Some power is lost just keeping everything moving, of course, but it's not as much as you might think from seeing that everything is always meshed.

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