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PRM 280D Drop Centre Marine Gearbox | Ahead Ratio 1.96:1

Part No. PRM-280D2

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Brand PRM
Gearbox Manufacturer PRM
Construction High Grade Cast Iron Gearcase
Hydraulic or Mechanical Hydraulic
Gearbox Model PRM 280D
Ratio Ahead / Stern 1.96:1
Shaft Arrangement Drop Centre
Nominal Power Rating Pleasure 3.93 BHP / 100 RPM
Nominal Power Rating Light Commercial 3.79 BHP / 100 RPM
Nominal Power Rating Heavy Commercial 3.58 BHP / 100 RPM
Approximate Dry Weight 48kg (106lbs) (excluding adaptor, drive coupling and oil cooler)
Capacity Oil Capacity: 1.5 litres (2.64 pints) (plus the amount require to fill the cooling circuit)
Gearbox Spline 10 teeth SAE 1"
Gearbox Coupling 5", 4 holes, 4-1/4" PCD, 2-1/2" female register
Warranty (Years) 2
Replaces PRM-260D2 Gearboxes


PRM Newage introduced the 280D model as a direct replacement for the 260D, While ratios and interfaces remain the same, the 280D has an increased power rating and has also been redesigned so that a live PTO (Power Take Off) can be fitted.

The PRM280 marine gearbox is purpose built for use in both pleasure craft and commercial boats; its twin countershaft design provides separate oil-operated multi-disc clutches (which need no adjustment) for ahead and astern drive allowing full rated power to be transmitted continuously in either direction.

The PRM280 is offered in two different configurations; power take off (PTO) (PRM280DP) and with offset output shaft (PRM280).

A choice of 1.96:1 and 2.94:1 reduction ratios is available; each will provide left-hand or right-hand propeller rotation in "ahead", making the PRM280 particularly well suited to twin engine installations.

The gearcase is constructed of high grade cast iron, internally ribbed for rigidity and strength, and consists of two separate halves to facilitate servicing, the oil pump and hydraulic control valves being externally mounted for easy accessibility.

The PRM280DP live PTO gearbox specifically designed for driving hydraulic pumps to SAEJ774C series B specification. The maximum power which can be transmitted is 22kW (29.5hp) per 1000 rpm.

The hydraulic operating system functions on normal lubricating oil of the same viscosity as that used in the engine, avoiding the need to use automatic transmission fluid, and ensures rapid response to movements of the operating lever for good boat handling. The operating lever has a positive neutral detent and is suitable for use with proprietary single lever remote control operating systems.

Robust and reliable, the hydraulic system is nevertheless provided with a mechanical lock-up device for added security, so that in the unlikely event of hydraulic failure the boat can be brought safely back to port. Access to this device is via a detachable cover located on top of the main gearcase.

A trolling valve can be fitted. This is electronically operated which allows variable speed of the propeller to zero whilst allowing a maximum engine speed of up to 1200 rpm.

Nominal Power Ratings, PRM 280 Marine Gearbox

Ratios Pleasure Light Commercial Heavy Commercial
1.96:1 3.93 2.93 3.79 2.83 3.58 2.67
2.94:1 3.93 2.93 3.79 2.83 3.58 2.67
Maximum PRM280 operating speeds: 4500 rev/min intermittent, 4000 rev/min continuous.

Note: These powers have been measured at the engine flywheel. Ratings have been established to ensure the long trouble free life of the PRM gearbox which should not, therefore be used at powers in excess of those shown.

Service Classification Definitions - Pleasure

Limited to planing hull pleasure craft; operation at full engine throttle should not exceed 5% of total time, with balance of usage at 90% of full throttle engine speed, or less. Maximum operation 500 hours per year. The selection of PRM marine transmissions according to this classification for any commercial boat, or in sport-fishing charter boats or in long range pleasure cruisers, is not approved.

Service Classification Definitions - Light Commercial

Planing or semi-displacement craft used in pleasure or commercial applications may qualify for light commercial rating if annual usage is less than 1500 hours and full throttle operation is limited, with most operating time at partial throttle.

Service Classification Definitions - Heavy Commercial

PRM Marine Limited recommends that all displacement and semi-displacement craft used for commercial applications should be classed as heavy commercial duty. In vessels of this type (including trawlers, purse seiners, lobster and crab boats, tugs, ferries, offshore supply boats etc.) the marine gearbox is expected to work at full governed engine speed. The power setting of the engine must be known and must be within the gearbox's permissible heavy commercial rating.

Important Note

  • It is essential for the engine, transmission model, reduction ratio and propeller size to be correctly matched so that the engine can attain its rated speed appropriate to the relevant service classification without labouring.
  • It is also necessary to ensure the torsional compatibility of the complete propulsion system from engine, gearbox through to propeller, since disregarding this may result in gear noise, particularly at low speed operation, and may even result in damage to the engine as well as the transmission components.

PRM Newage Ltd will provide all possible information and assistance to help find solutions to potential torsional problems, but it is the ultimate responsibility of the person assembling the drive and driven equipment to ensure that they are torsionally compatible.

PRM 280 Gearbox operating Pressure

Minimum - 2000 kPa (290 lb./in²), Maximum - 2180 kPa (320 lb./in²). Two tapped holes 1/8" BSP on the top, and M18 on the side of the valve block are provided so that the pressure gauge can be fitted if required.

PRM 280 Gearbox Oil Cooling

The normal operating temperature of the gearbox oil should be in the 50°C - 80°C range and should not be permitted to exceed 90°C. A gearbox oil cooler is necessary to ensure that correct operating temperatures are maintained, and the PRM 260 valve block is provided with two 3/8" BSP connectors to allow it to be fitted.

PRM 280 Gearbox Propeller Thrust

Both ahead and astern thrust is carried by the output shaft bearings which are of adequate capacity for all factory approved ratings.

Propeller Free Wheeling

The PRM280 gearbox output shaft can be rotated continuously with the gearbox in neutral. It is therefore not necessary to fit a propshaft brake in such applications.

Approximate Weight & Oil Capacity

Gearbox Approximate Dry Weight Oil Capacity
PRM280D 48kg (106lb) (excluding adaptor, drive coupling and oil cooler) 1.5 litres (2.64 pints) (plus the amount require to fill the cooling circuit)
PRM280DP 54kg (120lb)

PRM280 Gearbox spline: 10 teeth SAE 1"
PRM 280 Gearbox coupling: 5", 4 holes, 4-1/4" PCD, 2-1/2" female register

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