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What Do Ferris Wheels and Tracked Machines Have in Common?

You probably have memories of childhood that involve either riding a Ferris wheel or wanting to ride one. They seem almost magical as the massive wheel full of passengers turns slowly, lifting everyone up into the sky for a few moments. You may not be aware of it, but many Ferris wheels and tracked machines have something in common: hydraulic final drive motors.

Short History of Motor Graders

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 06, 2019 |

Grader, Motor Grader

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Graders are a critical piece of equipment in a wide variety of projects. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the early development of motor graders. We’ll start with the models that were pulled behind a team of oxen or horses and carry through to Caterpillar’s innovations.


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Valve Blocks on Final Drive Hydraulic Motors

Valve blocks, in one form or another, can be found on all hydraulic motors -- including final drive motors and travel motors. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to answer some common questions about valve blocks.


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5 Little Changes That'll Make a Big Difference With Your Final Drive Hydraulic Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 04, 2019 |

Final Drive Motor Assembly, Hydraulic Motors

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We understand how important final drives are to your operation, whether it’s a one-man company with a few specialized machines or a larger company that owns a fleet of construction vehicles. Small or large, we have some advice that will make a significant difference in the life of the final drive hydraulic motors that keep your machines running.

 


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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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