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Hydraulic Motor Drive Shafts

The drive shaft in your final drive motor is used to transfer torque, power and rotational motion. If the drive shaft on a hydraulic motor is going to fail, it will most likely be the result of worn out splines. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about drive shafts, couplers, and gear splines -- and how they can affect your final drive motor performance.

Compact Wheel Loaders - 4 Questions Answered

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 10, 2019 |

Compact Wheel Loader, Wheel Loader

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Compact wheel loaders are still fairly new in the North American equipment market, but they have been popular for quite a while in Europe. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at four common questions about compact wheel loaders, including what would be classified as compact.

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Bolts, Torque, and Final Drives

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 08, 2019 |

Final Drive Motor Assembly, Bolts, Loctite

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Bad things can happen to a final drive when the bolts haven’t been torqued correctly. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll talk about what goes on when a bolt is torqued, why torque requirements exist, and what can happen when a bolt isn’t torqued correctly.

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Load Sensing Final Drive Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 02, 2019 |

Final Drive, Hydraulic Motors


Some models of two-speed final drive motors are load sensing. This means that the operator doesn’t have to change speeds -- the final drive detects when there is enough of a load to slow down. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about load sensing final drive motors, discuss how they work, and then examine the benefits they offer.

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The Facts about Large Skid Steer Loaders

Large-frame skid steers weigh over 2,200 lbs and typically have more than 70 hp, and are accounting for more and more of US skid steer market. In this Shop Talk blog post, we are going to discuss the uses, benefits, and drawbacks of larger SSLs.

Drive Sprockets and Track Drives

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 25, 2019 |

Undercarriage, Tracks, Drive Sprocket


Drive sprockets work with your final drive or track drive in order to keep your machine moving.  To get the most out of your final drive, you need to understand the impact that the drive sprocket has on its performance and recognize the signs of sprocket wear.  And that is the topic of this Shop Talk Blog post!

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Duo Cone Face Seal Failure

You may have a final drive motor or track drive that has a Duo-cone seal (aka, floating face seal). If you do, then you probably would like to know what causes premature failure of these seals so you can make sure yours lasts as long as possible -- and that's the topic of this Shop Talk blog post.

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Off-Planet Mining Equipment

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 13, 2019 |

Mining, Mining Truck

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While the idea of off-planet mining may seem to belong in a science fiction novel, there have been serious discussions about the idea. There have been studies into the economic feasibility of moon mining and NASA is interested in the design of excavators designed for use off-planet -- and Colorado School of Mines has a Space Mining program!

Here are a few other Shop Talk blog posts you might find interesting ...

Hard to Find Final Drives

There’s still a lot of equipment out there in operation that is … well … old. It was well made and, through maintenance and good care, has successfully outlived the expectations of many. However, things can become problematic when you can no longer find replacement parts for older equipment -- especially when you can’t find a replacement final drive motor or hydraulic pump. So, what can you do when your equipment is old enough that it becomes hard to find replacements for the track drives or final drive motors?

Here are a few other Shop Talk blog posts that might be helpful:

Bobcat Mini Excavator Final Drive Motor Removal

Do you own or operate a Bobcat mini-excavator? How much do you know about removing the track drive motor?  Well, in this Shop Talk Blog post we are going to review the steps involved in removing the drive motor safely and easily.

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