Testing and Cleaning the Brakes

Testing and Cleaning the Brakes

The testing and cleaning of the brakes of the apparatus are two very important points. The care consists mainly of keeping the brakes dry. Ordinarily the brake surfaces are kept clean because of the friction caused in using them. Very often, though, grease from the differential enters the brake drums by way of the axle tubes, in which case the surfaces should be cleaned with kerosene or gasoline in order to prevent slippage which may become dangerous. Deteriorated brakes should be repaired as soon as discovered. Worn parts should be replaced before accidents occur. Almost all machines have two sets of brakes and the giving out of one set is not a serious matter, but to insure equal wear it is well to form a habit of changing from the foot brake to the emergency, which gives one set a chance to cool off while the other sets is in use.

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