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Best Final Drive Motor Videos on YouTube

by Jim Strong | Dec 12, 2018 |

Final drives, Videos

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There are quite a few videos on YouTube about hydraulic motors and final drive motors. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ve picked five of our favorites to share with our readers. From broken final drives to simulations of what goes on inside of a radial piston hydraulic motor, we are certain you’ll find at least one of these to be interesting. Enjoy!


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Common Problem on CAT Excavator Hydraulic Motor (Secret Tip Video)

Do you know what the most common problem is for CAT excavator hydraulic motors? That's the topic of this Shop Talk Blog post, where we'll not only talk about the problem but how you can prevent it and save money in the process.

 

4 Quick Tips for Extending the Life of Your Final Drive

Your final drive represents a significant investment, and it has to be functional for your equipment to run. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to go over 4 things: minimizing contamination, keeping an eye on the gear oil, checking the case drain filter, and attending to leaks. Follow these 4 simple tips to get draw out the life of your final drive motor to the fullest!

Causes of Hydraulic Hose Failure on Heavy Equipment

by Jim Strong | Feb 15, 2018 |

Hydraulic Lines, hydraulic hoses

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Hydraulic hoses are the circulatory system of your hydraulic machine. When they fail, the entire machine can compromised. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about some of the most common causes of hydraulic hose failure on heavy equipment, and what can be done to prevent those failures.

Common Questions about Tractors

by Jim Strong | Jan 25, 2018 |

Heavy Equipment 101, Tractor

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In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to address some of the most commonly asked questions about tractors -- some serious, some not so much. Do you know why the rear tires on a tractor are so large? How about what tractor was used on the television show Green Acres? What tractor is the largest in the world? Read on to find out!

Skid Steer Loader Trends

by Jim Strong | Jan 23, 2018 |

Skid Steers, Skid-Steer Loaders, Skid Loaders, SSL

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In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at three skid steer loader trends that stand out as we go into the new year. As we looked over the data, we were most impressed by three things: focus on operator comfort and productivity, self-driving skid steer loaders, and solid tires.

Cleaning Final Drives Inside and Out

by Jim Strong | Jan 17, 2018 |

Final drives, Final drive motor

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When a final drive has been pulled from a active machine, it is going to be a mess -- caked over with dirt or clay, smeared with gear oil and maybe the aftermath of a hydraulic leak, perhaps rusty in a few spots, and definitely in need of a good cleaning before it is opened up. In this Shop Talk Blog post, our topic is cleaning up that final drive inside and out. This should especially be of interest to hydraulics shops that may see quite a few final drives passing through their shop for maintenance on a regular basis.

CTL / MTL Undercarriage Basics

by Jim Strong | Jan 02, 2018 |

Compact Track Loader, MTL, CTL, Undercarriage

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Experts estimate that up to 50% of your maintenance costs and 20% of your CTL / MTL original cost comes from the undercarriage alone. Obviously, the undercarriage is important - but what exactly is it? Hint: the final drive is a part of it! In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the term undercarriage as it applies to compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders, including what parts are included in the undercarriage and what purposes they serve.

4 Things to Remember about Filters in a Hydraulic System

Although hydraulic filters are not a common topic, they are an important part of your hydraulic system. Failure to use them correctly can impact every component of your machine, right down to your final drive motors. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about some important things to remember about filters in a hydraulic system.

Tips for Installing a Final Drive

by Jim Strong | Dec 19, 2017 |

Final Drive, Final Drive Installation

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We know that final drive motors aren’t cheap, and any downtime with your machine is costly. You want to get your replacement final drive installed as quickly and painlessly as possible, and avoid future problems that might come as a result of a poor installation. Here are some tips for installing a final drive with just those goals in mind.

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