How Oscillating Sprinklers Work

Sprinkler Gear Train

­You can see in the video that the turbine spins at several hundred rpm. We need a gear train that can reduce the speed down to 1 rpm. This sprinkler uses a three-stage planetary gear system!

This gear train provides a 512-to-1 reduction in speed, so the cam spins at about 1 rpm.

Many different types of sprinklers use water power in the same way. Some are jet-powered rather than turbine-powered, but they are all using the force of moving water to create linear or rotational motion. In theory, you could create a little water-turbine electrical generator and attach it to your hose to create several watts of power -- you could power a flashlight bulb while you water your lawn at night!

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