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Worst Final Drive Motor Fails: Internal Explosion Edition

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at one of the most damaged final drive motors we have seen -- and we have seen plenty here at Texas Final Drive. The majority of the damage can be traced back to the rotator group.

 


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Interesting Facts about Hydraulic Fluid

by Dr McCaslin | Jun 13, 2019 |

hydraulic fluid, History

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Hydraulic fluid is the lifeblood of your hydraulic system, whether it's in your skid steer loader or a massive hydraulic shovel. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at some interesting facts about hydraulic fluid, including its origins and the importance of proper disposal.


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The Most Pervasive Problems in Final Drive Motor Maintenance

There are some final drive motor maintenance failures that we encounter over and over, and we’d like to make sure you are aware of them so they don’t happen to you. Are you guilt of any of these?


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When To Change Your Hydraulic Fluid

In past blog posts, we’ve talked about when to flush your hydraulic system. As you probably know, there is a major difference between flushing a hydraulic system (which involves a great deal of time, quite a bit of hydraulic fluid, and multiple filter changes) and merely changing out the fluid. Still, it seems, there is some confusion about when to change out your hydraulic fluid, and manufacturer guidelines can be a bit misleading.


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Hints and Tips for Buying a Replacement Final Drive Motor

Nobody looks forward to purchasing a new final drive. There is usually stress involved because you need to get your machine running again ASAP. This is one time when you really don’t want to make a mistake, so here are three simple tips to help you out when shopping for a replacement final drive hydraulic motor.

 

Dynapac: Fast Facts

by Dr McCaslin | May 14, 2019 |

History, Dynapac

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Dynapac is best known for paving equipment -- pavers, compactors, and milling equipment. We carry final drives for some of their equipment and would like to share with you some fast facts about this well known company.

Signs That Your CTL Track Drive Needs Attention

by Dr McCaslin | May 13, 2019 |

Compact Track Loader, Multi Terrain Loader, CTL

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You depend on your CTL for getting work done and meeting deadlines, and every hour of downtime can cut into your bottom line. That’s why it is critical that you know the warning signs that something major is about to go wrong with your final drive -- if you catch the problem early, you can minimize downtime and keep those repair costs down.

What You Need to Know About Swash Plates in Final Drive Motors

by Dr McCaslin | May 06, 2019 |

rotator group, Axial Piston Motors, Swash Plate

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Swash Plates are a key part of the rotator group in axial piston hydraulic motors and pumps. Abrasive contamination can lead to premature wear of the swash plate (along with other critical components). In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at swash plates in more detail, including their purpose, potential issues, and how to extend their useful life.

 

 


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Hydraulic Motors and Productivity

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 29, 2019 |

Final Drive Maintenance, Final drive motor

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When your hydraulic motor is not performing at peak efficiency, it can impact your overall productivity on the job. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll discuss the relationship between your hydraulic motor and how much work you can get done on the job.


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That’s Not What a Skid Steer Loader is For!

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 24, 2019 |

Skid-Steer Loaders, SSLs

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Most of the time when we think of skid steers and crime, we think of theft -- someone has stolen a skid steer loader. However, sometimes you’ll find that skid steers are actually involved in crimes. In this blog post, we look at three examples where skid steers were used in the commission of crimes -- and that’s not what they are for!

 

 


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