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Maintenance and Repair

Brandt MA-RG Agitators


Helical-Bevel Gear Mud Agitator
MA-RG Series
MA-RGC Series
MA-RGLP Series

REFERENCE

REFERENCE DESCRIPTION

MA-RG

Agitator

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REVISION HISTORY

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Updated Information

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First Issue

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CHANGE DESCRIPTION
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First issue
Added bushing replacement
Changed oil change information
Clarification on commissioning sleeve
Changed the Registered symbol to the Trademark symbol and the reference and reference
description in the table on cover page. Added MA-RGC and MA-RGLP agitators. Crossreferenced figure and table call outs.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1

MAINTENANCE & REPAIR ......................................................................................................... 4


1.1
Inspection ......................................................................................................................... 4
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1.2
Lubrication & Bearings ...................................................................................................... 5
1.2.1 Bearing Lubrication ................................................................................................ 5
1.2.2 Lubrication Procedure ............................................................................................ 6
1.2.3 Gearbox Oil ........................................................................................................... 7
1.2.4 Changing the Gearbox Oil ..................................................................................... 8
1.3
Routine Maintenance Checklist ......................................................................................... 9
1.3.1 At Initial Start Up .................................................................................................... 9
1.3.2 Daily ...................................................................................................................... 9
1.3.3 Periodic ............................................................................................................... 10

LIST OF FIGURES
Figure M&R- 1 Commissioning Sleeve................................................................................................. 5
Figure M&R- 2 Gearbox Drawing ......................................................................................................... 8
Figure M&R- 3 Oil Level ..................................................................................................................... 10
LIST OF TABLES
Table M&R- 1 Maintenance Components ............................................................................................ 4
Table M&R- 2 Gearbox Oil Capacity .................................................................................................... 9

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MAINTENANCE & REPAIR


Dispose of materials in regards to local, state and federal regulations. Report any spills
to appropriate authorities as required by law.
Always follow all safe work practices and regulations. Ensure use of proper PPE at all
times.

1.1

Inspection
The performance of a helical bevel gear reducer depends heavily on the quality of the
lubricating oil.
Component
Gearbox temperature

Oil level

Check
During normal operation, do not allow the gearbox temperature to exceed
104F (40C) using conventional mineral oil or 176F (80C) using
synthetic oil for more than three hours. (See Table M&R 1Recommended Oils)
Check the oil level with the agitator off. See Figure M&R- 3 titled "Oil
level"; See Figure M&R- 2 to locate the plug.

Breather plug

Visually check that the breather plug is free from any mud or debris. See
Figure M&R- 2 to locate the breather.

Oil seals

Visually check for signs of leakage or damage.

Motor

Visually check the condition of the fan guard.


Be sure the motor cooling fins are clear and free of mud or debris.

Impeller shaft coupling

Visually check to ensure coupling is tight and all the fasteners are in place.

Impeller
Bottom shaft stabilizer
(if installed)
Motor/reducer coupling

Check the condition of the impeller for bent, damaged or worn blades.
Periodically check keyed coupling to ensure it is tight and all fasteners are
in place.
Visually inspect condition of stabilizer for wear or other damage every five
(5) years especially when located in a corrosive environment e.g. Brine
tanks.
Visually inspect coupling, coupling insert, and coupling guard for damage
(MA-RG Series Agitators).
Table M&R- 1 Maintenance Components

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The commissioning sleeve at end of shaft is meant to reduce noise during


commissioning. This commissioning sleeve does NOT need to be replaced once
operations begin. The mud in the tank lubricates the shaft/stabilizer interface during
operations.

Commissioning sleeve

Figure M&R- 1 Commissioning Sleeve

1.2

Lubrication & Bearings


The lubricating ability of grease (over time) depends primarily on the type of grease, the size of
the bearing, the speed at which the bearing operates and the severity of the operating
conditions. Longer bearing life can be obtained if the listed recommendations are followed:
If lubrication instructions are provided on the motor nameplate, the nameplate
instructions will supersede these instructions. Motors marked Permanently Lubricated
do not require additional service.

1.2.1 Bearing Lubrication


Grease the gearbox input bearing (models MA-25RG, MA-25RGLP, MA-30RG, and MA-40RG
only) every 1,000 operating hours with recommended Kluber Petamo GHY1331Y grease (P/N
46DA) or Mobil Polyrex EP2 (P/N 46CR).
NOTICE: BEARING / MOTOR DAMAGE
Lubricant should be added at a steady state of moderate pressure. If added under
heavy pressure, bearing shield(s) may collapse. Over greasing bearings greatly
increases bearing friction and can cause premature bearing and/or motor failure.
Do not over grease.
Do not use mineral grease.
CAUTION: HOT SURFACE
The external surface temperature of the end shield (bracket) bearing hub may reach
100 C (212 F) during normal operation. Touching this surface may cause discomfort
or injury. Surface temperatures should only be measured with suitable instruments and
not estimated by hand touch.

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Grease the motor every three months or as the motor manufacturer recommends.
1.2.2 Lubrication Procedure
For Motors with Re-greasing Provisions
BEARING DAMAGE WARNING
Added grease must be compatible with the original equipments grease. If grease other
than those stated in Bearing Lubrication section is to be utilized, contact the motor
manufacturer. Nameplate information supersedes Bearing Lubrication section. New
grease must be free of dirt. Failure to follow these instructions and procedure below
may result in bearing and/or motor damage.
GREASE DRAIN PLUGGED
Old grease may completely block the drain opening and must be mechanically removed
prior to re-greasing. Forcing a blocked drain open by increased greasing pressure may
collapse bearing shields and or force excess grease through the bearings and into the
motor.
For an extremely dirty environment, contact the motor manufacturer for additional information.
LUBRICATION PROCEDURE:
1. Clean the grease inlet plug or zerk fittings prior to re-greasing.
2. (If present) Remove grease drain plug and clear outlet hole blockage.
3. Add grease.
4. Re-install grease inlet and drain plugs (if removed).

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1.2.3 Gearbox Oil


The gearbox can be filled with either a conventional mineral oil or synthetic PAO (Poly Alpha
Olefin) oil depending on the anticipated service temperature range as listed in the table below.
The initial oil fill should be changed at 10,000 hour intervals for the conventional mineral oil. In
practice, change every two years depending on operating conditions.
If synthetic oil is used, the interval can be doubled to 20,000 operating hours or every four
years.
The companies and oil shown below are typical. Mineral-based gear oils must comply with the
minimum requirements as specified in DIN 51 517 Part 3. The gearboxes are shipped with ISO
VG 220 oil, as shown by the oil type label on the gearbox.
When changing the oil, always use the oil grade previously in use. Mixing oils of different
grades is not permissible. In particular, synthetic oil may not be mixed with mineral oils or
different synthetic oils. If the oil type is changed, the gearbox must be flushed thoroughly with
the new oil grade.
Recommended Oils
Brand

ISO VG 220
Conventional Mineral
Synthetic PAO Oil
Oil
20F to 104F
30F to 176F
(-5C to 40C)
(-34C to 80C)

ISO VG 100
Conventional
Synthetic PAO Oil
Mineral Oil
5F to 77F
-35F to 50F
(-15C to 25C)
(-37C to 10C)

BP

EnerGol GR-XP220

N/A

Energol GR-XP100

N/A

Shell

Omala Oil 220

Omala Oil 220 HD

Omala Oil 100

Omala Oil 100 HD

Klber

Klberoil GEM 1-220

Klbersynth EG 4220

Klberoil GEM 1-150

Klbersynth EG 4-150

Mobil

MobilGear 630

Mobil SHC 630

Mobilgear 629

Mobil SHC 629

Table M&R 1-Recommended Oils

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1.2.4 Changing the Gearbox Oil


Verify the location of the oil drain plug, the breather plug and the oil level plug for your agitator
model in Figure M&R- 2.
1. Turn the unit off.
2. LOCKOUT/TAGOUT the power supply to the agitator.
Allow the gearbox to cool or open the vent plug before opening the level plug. Hot oil
may escape rapidly and cause burns.
3.
4.
5.
6.

Remove the oil drain plug.


Drain the used oil into a suitable container and replace the oil drain plug.
Remove the fill/level plug.
Fill the gearbox with the correct amount of acceptable oil. The gear reducer is properly
filled when oil just begins to flow out of the oil level hole.

7. Replace the fill/level plug.


Gear oil is extremely slippery and sticky. Gear reducers are most easily filled using a
pump or pressurized lubrication gun. Be sure to dispose of used oil properly and
clean area of any spilled oil after completing this procedure.
8. Restore power to the agitator.

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2

Breather
Fill/Level plug
Grease fitting
(MA-25RG,
MA-25RGLP,
MA-40RG, and
MA-30RG only)
Oil drain plug

Figure M&R- 2 Gearbox Drawing

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Gearbox Oil Capacity


Model

Gearbox Size

MA-3RGC
MA-5RGC
MA-7.5RGC

Capacity

9022.1
9032.1
9032.1

Gallons
0.53
0.87
0.87

Liters
2.0
3.3
3.3

MA-10RG
MA-10RGC
MA-15RG
MA-15RGC
MA-15RGLP
MA-20RG

9042.1
9042.1
9042.1
9042.1
9042.1
9052.1

1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
1.75
3

6.6
6.6
6.6
6.6
6.6
11.5

MA-20RGLP
MA-25RG
MA-25RGLP
MA-30RG
MA-30RGLP
MA-40RG

9052.1
9072.1
9072.1
9072.1
9072.1
9072.1

3
5
5
5
5
5

11.5
19.1
19.1
19.1
19.1
19.1

Table M&R- 2 Gearbox Oil Capacity

1.3

Routine Maintenance Checklist


The MA-RG Series Agitator is designed for years of dependable service with routine
inspection and maintenance. Additional copies of this checklist should be placed close
to the unit for quick reference.

1.3.1 At Initial Start Up


1. Check the oil level with the agitator turned off. The oil should be within 1/2 in. (12 mm) of
the bottom of the oil level hole.
2. The impeller should rotate clockwise when viewed from top.
Do Not Overfill
3. The oil fill/breather plug must be clear of any obstruction to prevent pressure build-up and
possible seal damage.
4. The agitator should operate with minimal vibration (.232in/s).
5. Check the rubber insert on the input shaft coupling for wear and cracks.
For optimal performance, change the oil after the first 30 days of operation, particularly if
the unit has been in storage.
1.3.2 Daily
1. Check for oil leaks.
2. Keep the motor clean and ventilation openings clear of mud build-up or other debris.
3. Check the impeller shaft coupling for proper make-up.

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1.3.3 Periodic
1. Check the oil level.
2. Lubricate the gearbox input bearing with the approved bearing grease every 5,000
operating hours. (See the table titled "Formerly Recommended Greases.)
Do Not Overfill
3. Change the oil every 10,000 operating hours. (See Table M&R 1-Recommended Oils)
4. Lubricate the motor every three months or as the motor manufacturer recommends.
Do Not Over Grease

1 Level Plug
2 Oil level hole
3 Oil level

Figure M&R- 3 Oil Level

Oil should be even with the bottom of the oil level hole as shown in Figure M&R- 3. Do not
overfill.

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