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Autopsy: Kubota KX71-3 Final Drive

by Jim Strong | Dec 14, 2017 |

Excavators, Compact Excavators, kubota


The Kubota KX71-3 is a powerful compact excavator with a reputation for reliability. Find out what we discovered when we “autopsied” a final drive taken from a Kubota KX71-3 -- you might be surprised at what took down this final drive motor!

Winter is Coming - Tips for Machine Owners

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 12, 2017 |

Heavy Equipment, Skid Steers, seasonal


Winter is coming -- and for many parts of the country, it feels as if winter's already here. But, as owner-operators of heavy machinery already know, winter brings a whole new set of challenges for the industry. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about a few of those challenges and some of the opportunities disguised as challenges that are waiting to be exploited.

Save With Section 179

by Jim Strong | Dec 11, 2017 |



Before we wrap up 2017, we at Texas Final Drive wanted to let you know (or to remind you, if you already knew!) about something that will save you a lot of money if you’re looking to purchase new or used equipment before the end of the year. Yes, this includes final drives!

Heavy Equipment in the Movies

by Jim Strong | Dec 08, 2017 |

Excavators, Mini-excavators, Compact Excavators


Not all movie stars are flesh and blood -- some are made of metal! In this Shop Talk Blog post, we take a lighthearted look at the use of construction equipment in films, from the silent movies all the way up to Alien: Covenant.

4 Bad Habits That Mini Excavator Owners and Operators Need to Quit

It’s important that your excavator is ready to work when the deadlines are looming ever nearer -- but there are some bad habits and patterns that all too many owners and operators fall into that compromise the performance and useful life of their excavator. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about four bad habits that compact excavator owners and operators need to quit.

Hitachi Trivia You Probably Didn't Know!

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 30, 2017 |

Excavators, Mini-excavators, Hitachi


Hitachi is a well-known brand name in construction machinery, and in this Shop Talk Blog post we present several facts about Hitachi that you probably don't know.  Be prepared to learn what hitachi means, the extremely diverse range of products manufactured by Hitachi through the years, and its relationship with John Deere.

Compact Track Loader Final Drives: 5 Signs They Need Service

There is never a convenient time to get the final drive on your CTL serviced, but servicing becomes necessary as time passes. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the signs that indicate the need for you to get your final drive serviced ASAP. Some of them are common sense, of course -- but others might not be so obvious.

5 Common Questions about Skid Steer Loaders

Skid steer loaders haven’t decreased in popularity since they first became mainstream during the 1960s. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to answer some of the Internet’s most common question about this universally popular piece of compact equipment.

Thanksgiving Special: T200, T250, T300, T320 Long Nose Final Drives for $1699!

by Jim Strong | Nov 22, 2017 |

Sale, T300


Happy Turkey Day, everyone! Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and while you enjoy some quality time with family or friends, we wanted to give you something else to be happy about.

4 Dangerous Myths of CTL / MTL Undercarriage Maintenance

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to debunk four dangerous myths about undercarriage maintenance for compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders. These myths include when to replace undercarriage parts, how often the undercarriage should be cleaned, the importance of daily walkarounds, and track tension.

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