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Anatomy of a Good Final Drive Maintenance Plan for CTLs and Mini-Excavators

Final drives need scheduled maintenance if you want them to keep running when you need them the most. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to provide you with the anatomy of a good final drive maintenance plan for CTLs, MTLs, and mini-excavators.  These are basic maintenance tasks that can literally save you thousands of dollars in repairs and down time.

Final Drive Hydraulic Motors and Gears

If you've ever opened up a final drive, you've probably encountered its gears. The gearing system in your final drive is vital to its proper function. A good understanding of gears, surface hardening, and signs of damage can help you keep your gears -- and your final drive -- in top operating condition.

Our Favorite YouTube Channels about Compact Equipment

YouTube can be a great source of information for any niche you can think of. In fact, we at Texas Final Drive have our own channel where we occasionally try to educate and entertain viewers about final drives. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to introduce you to four of the best channels we have found for accurate, informative, and interesting videos related to compact equipment.

5 Things to Avoid Doing with Hydraulic Lines

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 09, 2017 |

Hydraulics, Hydraulic Lines, Hydraulic Fittings


Hydraulic lines are a major part of any hydraulic system; the hydraulics on construction equipment such as skid steers, compact track loaders, and excavators are no exception. Since hydraulics are so vital to your equipment, we wanted to dedicate a Shop Talk Blog post to this subject. Whether you are maintaining your own equipment or restoring an older machine, here are five things you want to avoid doing with your hydraulic lines.

Background on Major Final Drive Motor Manufacturers

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 08, 2017 |

Final Drive, Manufacturers

Most people in this industry are familiar with prominent like Bobcat or John Deere, major manufacturers of earth moving and construction equipment that have a worldwide presence . However, not as many know about the manufacturers of the final drives that provide the torque for their equipment . In this Shop Talk Blog post, we will talk about five major manufacturers for final drives: Rexroth, Nachi, Eaton, Comer, and Bonfiglioli .

Monster Excavators by the Numbers

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 07, 2017 |



In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at 7 of the world’s largest excavators and consider them by the numbers. We’ve included several charts so you can get a quick idea of how they compare in terms of weight, bucket capacity, gross horsepower, track length, and more.  Have any of you guys ever worked with one of these monsters?  Tell us in the comments!

Excavating Deep Underwater

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 03, 2017 |

Excavators, Underwater Excavators, Subsea


There are two approaches to excavating underwater. The first is through the use of amphibious excavators which work primarily in swamps, marshlands, and relatively shallow water. This blog post focuses on the second approach: excavators used in deeper waters which are partially (or totally) submerged.

4 Quick Tips for Extending the Life of Your Final Drive

Your final drive represents a significant investment, and it has to be functional for your equipment to run. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to go over 4 things: minimizing contamination, keeping an eye on the gear oil, checking the case drain filter, and attending to leaks. Follow these 4 simple tips to get draw out the life of your final drive motor to the fullest!

Self-Driving Track Loaders: What Are They Really Capable of Doing?

Built Robotics has introduced an autonomous (self-driving) track loader that promises to disrupt the construction equipment industry. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we share some of the questions and answers that we had about this technology, such as what its capabilities are and how it works.

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Reman Final Drive

by Dr McCaslin | Oct 30, 2017 |

Final Drive, Reman Final Drives


Reman/rebuilt final drives are an excellent option when your final drive or hydraulic motor refuses to work any longer. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to present four reasons why you should consider a reman final drive the next time you need a replacement: price, performance, availability, and warranty.

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