If you have taken a drive through Texas, Oklahoma, or New Mexico, you may have seen dozens of pump jacks working up and down along the highway. The history of pump jacks goes all the way back to the mid-1800s and is still a crucial part of the oil & gas sector today. Pump jacks are used to extract oil from the ground from a well that was previously drilled. Pump jacks typically consist of the engine, crank, Samson post, walking beam, and sucker rod. Powered by electric, natural gas, or diesel engine, the pump jack works by turning belts to power the crank. As the crank rotates, it causes the walking beam to move vertically up and down, which causes the sucker rod to move in and out of the ground.
Why a Pilotless™ PTO?
In order to efficiently operate the pumping sequence, a clutch system is required to turn the belts at high speed. Attached to the diesel or natural gas engine, the WPT Pilotless ™ Power Take-Off (PTO) is the number one choice for users wanting to get the most out of their pumping unit. The WPT Pilotless™ PTO has a dual main bearing design which allows for higher sideload capacity in pumping applications that require belt tension. Users out in the field often over-tension the belts on the clutch shaft, which can cause premature failure of the clutch. The WPT Pilotless™ PTO is the perfect solution for this by eliminating pilot bearing. The perks are eradicating pilot bearing failures, and removing the need to keep inventory on them.
It is important to have a reliable clutch to keep pump jacks working out in the field. That is why WPT is the number one chosen provider for making sure your pump jack keeps running. Contact a WPT Applications Engineer or Sales Representative today for more information.
Written By: Ty Kirk, Sales Representative