Can I install the MaxCut chain in either direction?
The MC1, MC1E, and MC3 Chains were designed to run in one direction. There is an arrow on the bottom of each drive link indicating the proper direction of travel; however, the new MX3 Chain was designed to be run in both directions so there is no arrow on the bottom of the Drive Link.
How does the use of water affect the life of the equipment?
The water flow rate is critical for flushing the slurry out of the components. Water also acts as a coolant for the entire system. If an inadequate water flow rate is used it may result in premature wearing of the drive links and rivets. This result in a phenomenon referred to as “chassis stretch”. The recommended water flow is 2.5 GPM (9.5 LPM) with a minimum pressure of 30 PSI (2.1 BAR).
There are grooves on the teeth of my Drive Sprocket, is this normal?
Yes it is normal to see grooves form in the teeth of the Drive Sprocket. This is caused by contact between the Drive Sprocket and the Drive Links on the chain. When the grooves exceed 1/32” which is approximately half way through the tooth, damage to the chain chassis may occur. MaxCut Drive Sprockets are designed to be flipped over to use the opposite side of the tooth which provides more use of the product. This is true for all of the sprockets except for flush cut sprockets. These are designed to be used on one side only.