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The Basics of Cavitation

The effects of cavitation are usually pretty easy to identify -- it causes a metal surface to have a pitted, crater-like appearance. What happens when cavitation takes place, and how it actually causes damage to normally resistant metals, isn’t quite as well known. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll be talking about what causes cavitation and why it can result in so much damage.


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6 Things about Hydraulic Motors You May Not Have Known

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we present six things about hydraulic motors you may not have known. We’d like to make a bet with you that you will run across something in here you didn’t know before … including the oldest operating hydraulic motor and the largest hydraulic motor in production.


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Early Development of Continuous Tracks

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 23, 2019 |

Crawler Tractor, Tracks, History, Caterpillar, CAT

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The history of continuous tracks is far more interesting than one might imagine. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at their early history starting way back in the 1770s. Let’s start by going back to the time when the United States were still a British colony …


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Maintaining Hydraulic Motors on Drilling Equipment

When you’re out in the field running drilling equipment, you can’t afford to have your hydraulic system break down. The best way to prevent a breakdown is preventative maintenance, and that includes your final drive motors, too. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about maintaining the hydraulic propel motors on your drilling equipment.


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The Truly Monstrous BelAZ 75710

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 17, 2019 |

Dump truck, Mining, Mining Truck, Monster Machines

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In this Shop Talk Blog post, our topic is going to be the world’s biggest mining truck: the BelAZ 75710 ultra class dump truck. Learn about the powerful systems at work in this dump truck, and be awed at its specifications. This one is truly a monster!

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How Does an Axial Piston Final Drive Motor Work

Final drive motors are what keeps much of your equipment running -- skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, excavators, tractors, and more. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the basics of how one type of final drive motor works -- the axial piston hydraulic motor.


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The Many Applications of Excavators

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 09, 2019 |

Excavators, Compact Excavators, Mini-excavators

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The excavator often serves as a general, all-purpose piece of heavy equipment, but it’s primarily known for its ability to dig. Digging isn’t all that it can do, of course -- and in this Shop Talk Blog post, we want to explore some of the other capabilities of the hydraulic excavator.


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Grease vs Oil, Or Why You Don't Put Grease in Your Final Drive Motor

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 08, 2019 |

Final Drive Problem, Lubrication, Grease, Gear oil

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Some owners/operators see grease as a quick solution to a leaking seal, especially when it comes to a gear hub that is leaking oil. This is not a good temporary solution, much less a long-term solution. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll explain why grease is not a solution to a leaking seal on a final drive gear hub -- and throw in an infographic for good measure!

Basic Types of Hydraulic Fluid for Heavy and Compact Equipment

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 02, 2019 |

hydraulic fluid, Hydraulics

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Hydraulic fluids are the lifeblood of your hydraulic system. As such, they need unique properties that support lubrication, incompressibility, corrosion resistance, and heat transfer. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the different types of hydraulic fluid used in construction equipment, but we’ll start with a quick history lesson.


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2019 New Year's Resolution: Take Care of Your Final Drive Motors

Another new year is almost upon us, and with that comes resolutions. It seems that most of the resolutions we make we also end up breaking just a few weeks into the new year. That’s why we’ve decided to suggest some resolutions that you can keep and your final drive will thank you!


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