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Never ran one constantly, but have used them all day long with a vic machine rolling grooves in
4 and 6 inch sch 40 pipe. meaning one man running the groover all day while others called out
measurements to him. So probably running about 50% on time with stops for lunch, etc.
I would think that running all day, loaded or not, would be tough on the machine.
Don't know what you are up to but if speed (rpm) is important there used to be two different speed drives available.
I don't know the RPM of each but the one was about double the RPM of the other.
I don't believe there is an oil bath for the drive gears or chain or whatever is inside. Can't say I remember ever having
to open one up, they're so darn dependable that I never had one fail except for a foot pedal or power cord damage.
And if there was oil inside then when they are laid over on their side in the truck or on the ground the oil would have
leaked out, and I can't say I remember that happening. So without an oil bath or something else to cool the gears that
might pose a problem. The motor could get pretty hot too.
Why do you want to run it continously?
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
No oil bath on the gears, there are two grease fittings to lube the sleeve type bearings on the barrel.
Depending on the load I would say it would be just fine to run all day. If you are going to pull 21' of 2" thread with 200' of cord, well that might be a different story. The brushes need to be in good shape also.
What in the world are you wanting to drive with it?