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PRM 500D Drop Centre Marine Gearbox (Ahead Ratio 2.904:1)

Part No: PRM-500D3

Full hydraulic operation, lightweight, compact & rugged.The PRM500 marine gearbox is purpose built for use in both pleasure craft and commercial boats; its twin countershaft design provides separate... Read more


Full hydraulic operation, lightweight, compact & rugged.

The PRM500 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.

To cater for the widest possible variety of boats the PRM500 is offered with a choice of reduction ratios,1.459:1, 1.935:1, 2.565:1 and 2.904:1. All can provide either left-hand or right-hand propeller rotation in "ahead", making the PRM500 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 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 special feature of the PRM500 is the direct drive power take-off which is available as an optional extra; this will power a hydraulic pump to SAE J744C type 'B' specification, thus providing an economical and space efficient means of driving on-board machinery.

An electronically operated trolling valve can be fitted, which will allow variable speed of the propeller to zero whilst allowing a maximum engine speed of up to 1200 rpm.

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 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

Operating Pressure

Minimum - 18.27 bar (265 PSI), Maximum - 22.06 bar (320 PSI). 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.

Oil Cooling

The normal operating temperature of the oil should be in the 50°C - 80°C range and should not be permitted to exceed 90°C. An oil cooler is necessary to ensure that correct operating temperatures are maintained, and two 3/8" BSP connections are provided on the valve block to allow it to be fitted. The size of the cooler required depends on a number of factors including the transmitted horsepower, operating speed, duty cycle, inlet water temperature and ambient temperature.

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 PRM500 output shaft can be rotated continuously with the gearbox in neutral. It is therefore not necessary to fit a propshaft brake when running with the engine shut down, e.g. in multi-engine installations or in motor sailers.

PRM500 Gearbox spline: 17 teeth 16/32 DP. PRM 500 Gearbox coupling: 6", 6 holes, 4¾" PCD, 3" female register. Oil Capacity: 2.5 litres (4.4 pints).

Capacity Description Oil Capacity: 2.5 Litres (4.40 pints) (plus the amount required to fill the cooling circuit)
Material High Grade Cast Iron Gearcase
Weight 68kg (150lbs) (excluding adaptor, coupling and cooler)
Brand PRM
Gearbox Manufacturer PRM
Country of Origin United Kingdom
Hydraulic or Mechanical Hydraulic
Shaft Arrangement Drop Centre
Warranty 2 Years
Gearbox Coupling 6", 6 holes, 4-3/4" PCD, 3" female register
Gearbox Spline 17 teeth 16/32 DP
Nominal Power Rating Heavy Commercial 5.90 BHP / 100 RPM
Nominal Power Rating Light Commercial 5.90 BHP / 100 RPM
Nominal Power Rating Pleasure 6.19 BHP / 100 RPM
Ratio Ahead Stern Description 2.904:1
Replaces PRM 175, 250, 265, 310V, 301M, 302D
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PRM 500D Drop Centre Marine Gearbox (Ahead Ratio 2.904:1)


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