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gear ratio

noun, Machinery
1.
the ratio of the rotational speeds of the first and final gears in a train of gears or of any two meshing gears.
2.
the ratio of the diameters of the pitch surfaces of any two meshing gears or of the numbers of their teeth.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • Users can change their effective gear ratio by changing their hand position on the propulsion levers.
  • The transfer case model also implements the gear ratio effect on torque, inertia, and speed.
  • If speed cannot be controlled with light pressure, use a lower gear ratio.
  • By changing the gear ratio, the motor may be adapted to a variety of bits and drilling requirements.

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