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Skid Steer Loader Trends

by Jim Strong | Jan 23, 2018 |

Skid Steers, Skid-Steer Loaders, Skid Loaders, SSL


In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at three skid steer loader trends that stand out as we go into the new year. As we looked over the data, we were most impressed by three things: focus on operator comfort and productivity, self-driving skid steer loaders, and solid tires.

Hydraulic Motors vs Electrical Motors: Why Hydraulic Wins

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 18, 2018 |

Heavy Equipment 101


While both electric and hydraulic motors are used on construction equipment, hydraulic motors appear more common. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you’ll learn how electric and hydraulic motors compare when used for construction and mining equipment and why, ultimately, hydraulic motors are usually the first choice.

Cleaning Final Drives Inside and Out

by Jim Strong | Jan 17, 2018 |

Final drives, Final drive motor


When a final drive has been pulled from a active machine, it is going to be a mess -- caked over with dirt or clay, smeared with gear oil and maybe the aftermath of a hydraulic leak, perhaps rusty in a few spots, and definitely in need of a good cleaning before it is opened up. In this Shop Talk Blog post, our topic is cleaning up that final drive inside and out. This should especially be of interest to hydraulics shops that may see quite a few final drives passing through their shop for maintenance on a regular basis.

Monster Bulldozers by the Numbers

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 16, 2018 |



There are big bulldozers, and then there are the undisputed monster bulldozers. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to take a look at the world's biggest production bulldozers, comparing them side-by-side in terms of horsepower, dimensions, weight, and more.

What the Best Final Drive Pros Do (and You Should Too)

We know that some of our readers like to work on their own final drives, and some of you may work in a hydraulics or heavy equipment maintenance shop where you encounter final drives on a regular basis. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we present four tips from final drive motor pros that you can put into practice the next time you have to work on a final drive hydraulic motor.

Issues in Hydraulics for Mining

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 10, 2018 |



Mining - whether it involves coal, metals, or minerals - is a tough industry. The equipment used in mining needs to be equally tough, and the working conditions for mining equipment pose a rather unique combination of problems when it comes to hydraulics. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the issues involving the use of hydraulic components in mining equipment.

What Fleet Owners Need to Know About Hydraulic Motor Failure

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 04, 2018 |

Final Drive, Maintenance, Fleet Management


Hydraulic motors keep your fleet running -- whether you've got a full-size excavator with a track drive motor, a compact track loader with a final drive motor, or a skid steer loader with a propel motor. When any hydraulic motor fails, the rest of the machine won’t move. Here are three major things that fleet owners need to know regarding hydraulic motor failure.

Got Gehl?

Gehl is a well known manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment.  Their impressive product lineup includes skid steer loaders, track loaders, articulated loaders, compact excavators, asphalt pavers, and telescopic handlers. Today, Gehl equipment is a common sight on work sites across the US -- but how much do you know about its history? In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to journey back through the history of Gehl and learn how it grew to be a leader in compact and heavy equipment.

CTL / MTL Undercarriage Basics

by Jim Strong | Jan 02, 2018 |

Compact Track Loader, MTL, CTL, Undercarriage


Experts estimate that up to 50% of your maintenance costs and 20% of your CTL / MTL original cost comes from the undercarriage alone. Obviously, the undercarriage is important - but what exactly is it? Hint: the final drive is a part of it! In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the term undercarriage as it applies to compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders, including what parts are included in the undercarriage and what purposes they serve.

4 Things to Remember about Filters in a Hydraulic System

Although hydraulic filters are not a common topic, they are an important part of your hydraulic system. Failure to use them correctly can impact every component of your machine, right down to your final drive motors. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about some important things to remember about filters in a hydraulic system.

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