Virnig uses planetary gear reduction to transfer power from the motor to the output shaft and bit. Using a planetary provides several advantages over chain drive augers, including:
Increased Torque: Planetary typically provides higher torque output, which helps power through harder soil.
Greater Efficiency: Planetary reduction offers greater efficiency compared to chain drive. More of the power is translated into torque at the auger bit. This provides faster drilling times and lower fuel consumption.
Reduced Maintenance: Chain drive augers require regular maintenance to keep the chain properly tensioned and lubricated. In contrast, planetary reduction systems require less maintenance and have fewer parts that will wear and break over time.
Longer Lifespan: Planetary reduction auger drives tend to have a longer lifespan than chain drive augers, due to the reduced wear and tear on the drive system.
Overall, planetary reduction can offer greater drilling performance, efficiency, and longevity compared to chain drive augers.