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How Do I Fix My Final Drive?

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to review some hints and tips for how to repair your own final drive. We'll begin with some guidelines for installation and removal, followed by taking your final drive apart and dealing with different types of repairs.

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!

What's Wrong With My Final Drive Motor?

You've got quite a bit of money invested in your final drive motors, and when they go down it impacts your entire operation and your bottom line. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we'll review common symptoms of final drive problems, what they mean, and how to troubleshoot them.

4 Question Answered about Compact Track Loaders

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 07, 2018 | |

Compact track loaders are used everywhere from urban construction sites to dairy farms. For this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss answers to some common questions that come up about compact track loaders.

Guidelines to Final Drive Maintenance

Here at Texas Final Drive, we often seen first-hand what poor maintenance can do to an otherwise good hydraulic final drive motor. In this blog post, we are going to review the WHAT, WHEN, and HOW of good final drive maintenance.

Bobcat T190 Drive Shaft Bushings

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at a Bobcat T190 drive shaft bushing that came into the shop. We’ll discuss the basics about bushings, their need for lubrication, what went wrong with this particular bushing, and how this affected final drive performance overall.

5 Questions You Should Ask About a Final Drive Before Buying It

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 02, 2018 |

Final Drive, Final drive motor


When your machine has stopped running (or literally stopped in its tracks), you need a final drive motor right away. Since final drive motors are large purchases, however, you need to do a bit of research first. That's likely how you ended up reading our post. Here are five questions you need to ask before you commit to buying a replacement hydraulic final drive -- from the experts!

Real Life Bearing Failure

Bearings serve an important purpose in machines -- they maintain the position and alignment of shafts and gears, reduce friction, transfer loads, and reduce the wear and tear on other more expensive components. When they fail, the damage can be devastating. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we take a look at a real life bearing failure, discuss how to tell if a bearing is about to fail, and share some tips on what you can do to maximize the life of your bearings.

Skid Steer Loaders and Mining

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 22, 2018 |

Skid Steers, Mining


The use of compact equipment for mining has grown significantly over the last fifteen years, and included in that trend are skid steer loaders. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look specifically at how skid steer loaders are used in the mining industry and why they work so well.

6 Cost-Saving Ways to Manage Fleet Maintenance

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 21, 2018 |

Maintenance, Fleet Management


We understand that fleet managers face the challenge of reducing costs as much as possible. Premature repair costs can pack a huge punch, especially when you're in the middle of a job. The point that we always try to hammer home is that maintenance should not be ignored. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss six shop policies that you can put in place to aid in minimizing your maintenance costs.

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