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Old 10-20-2013, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Valk View Post
Maybe taken out of context here, but it seems to me that asking a clutch to stop 'everything' at a lower RPM would extend its life as compared to disengaging at full throttle. Am I missing something here? Or, perhaps this only refers to electric clutches?
The only thing that would "wear" when you disengage blades with an electric clutch is the brake pads... When you disengage the blades, the clutch plates release and one plate then rubs on the brake pads to stop the blades.
I guess in theory, if you disengaged the blades at idle there would be less wear on the brake pads. Typically though, the plates will be worn to the point they will no longer engage or be slow to engage or have either bearing fail before there would be much issue with the brake pads.
Jeff in AL

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