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Radial Lift versus Vertical Lift SSLs and CTLs

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 12, 2018 |

Compact Track Loader, Skid-Steer Loaders, MTL, CTL, SSL

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When shopping for a skid steer or compact track loader, you might have noticed that one of the options available is radial lift or vertical lift. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to take a lightning-fast look at the differences between radial lift machines and vertical lift machines in order to determine which is best -- and we've even thrown in an infographic for good measure!


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How Undercarriage Condition Can Impact Travel Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 10, 2018 |

Mini-excavators, Compact Excavators, MTL, CTL

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You may already know that your undercarriage accounts for a good portion of your overall excavator M&O costs. What you may not realize is that failure to maintain your undercarriage can adversely affect the performance of your travel motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you can learn how the condition of your undercarriage can impact your travel motor.


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Gleaner Combines

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 05, 2018 |

Agriculture, History, Gleaner Combines

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Gleaner is an award-winning manufacturer of combine harvesters, and we carry final drives for several of their models. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the roots of the Gleaner combine, how the company developed, and some background on their many innovations.


Do you like articles that delve into the history of construction equipment?

Final Drive Motor Bearings

Bearings provide support, aid in alignment, constrain motion, minimize the wear and tear experienced by other components, and reduce friction. They are an indispensable part of your final drive motor, and when they fail the results can be catastrophic and irreparable. In this blog post, we are going to review the basics of bearings in a final drive and discuss topics including maintenance, cleaning, inspection, and signs of failure.


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Demystifying Skid Steer Loader Categories

by Dr McCaslin | Jun 28, 2018 |

Skid Steers, Skid Loaders, SSL

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Skid steer loaders, also known as skid steers, skid loaders, and compact wheel loaders, are an indispensable part of nearly every farm, dairy, and construction site. These machines are like Swiss army knives because of all the purposes they can be made to serve. One common area of confusion with regard to skid steers is how they are classified. The goal of this Shop Talk Blog post is to demystify the classification of SSLs.


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Tips for Identifying Your Bobcat Final Drive Motor

If you have a Bobcat, it can be a challenge to correctly identify which model you need when it's time to replace your final drive. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to cover how to differentiate between the most confusing models.  It's important to recognize the differences if you want to make sure you order the correct one for your machine!

Meet the Three Biggest Tractors

by Dr McCaslin | Jun 21, 2018 |

Agriculture, Tractor

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There are big tractors, and then there are massive tractors like the “Big Bud” 16V-747, the “Big Roy” 8WD Model 1080, and the AGCO Challenger MT975B – considered by many to be the three biggest tractors in the world. Find out the capabilities of these massive tractors and how they are used.


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Final Drive Lubrication and Contamination

You may have a good understanding of why contamination is bad for your hydraulic system, but did you know it’s just as bad for the planetary side of your final drive motor? Experts agree that lubrication contamination is the number one cause of machinery failure. Dirt, sand, and other abrasive particles can get inside your final drive gearbox and do tremendous damage. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss why contaminated gear oil is a problem, what the results of it are, and how you can minimize it.

 

6 Lessons About Final Drives That You Can Learn From Superheroes, Part Two

 

As we've talked about before in Part 1 of this series, there are some really good lessons we can learn from superheroes, and maybe some really bad ones, too (we’re looking at you, Deadpool).  We can learn some pretty good lessons about final drives, too.  For Part 2, we are going to take a look at lessons from Batman, Huntress, and Thor! (Trigger warning:  this article may upset diehard comics fans!)

 

Common Bobcat Final Drive Motor Issues

 

Here at Texas Final Drive, we troubleshoot, repair, and remanufacture many final drives that come off Bobcat machines. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some of the most common issues with Bobcat final drive motors, including main bearing failure, case drain issues, and charge pump problems.


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