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Hydraulic Motor Efficiency

by Dr McCaslin | Oct 21, 2021 |

Hydraulic Motors


Your final drive includes a hydraulic motor and that motor has a certain level of efficiency associated with it. Over time, that efficiency can drop -- so find out how efficiency is measured, what the source of losses are, and how to minimize them.

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Terminology for Final Drive Motors, Part 1

by Jim Strong | Oct 13, 2021 |



Are you still new to final drive motors? Are you having some trouble with the terminology? In Part 1 of our terminology series, we'll be talking about the basic specs for a final drive, exterior anatomy, hydraulic connections, and brakes.

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How to Request a Quote for a Final Drive

Your drive motor just died and work has come to a grinding halt. You need a replacement quickly and have to submit some RFQs to different dealers. It may seem like a waste of valuable time, but the more info you can provide about the final drive that failed the faster you'll get that quote and the more accurate it will be.


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Root Cause Analysis for Final Drives

by Dr McCaslin | Sep 24, 2021 |

Troubleshooting, Final Drive Repair


Good final drive repairs not only fix what went wrong, but they track down why it went wrong in the first place. Is the company that you entrust your final drive to this careful?

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How to Do a Planetary Flush

by Jim Strong | Sep 16, 2021 |

Planetary Hub, planetary flush


In an earlier post on restoring flood-damaged equipment, we made reference to performing a planetary flush on your drive. In this blog post, we'll talk about what it is, how it works, and why it's important to use non-chlorinated brake cleaner.

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Restoring Water-Damaged Compact Equipment

by Jim Strong | Sep 09, 2021 |

hydraulic fluid, hydraulic flush, planetary flush


If your compact equipment was damaged by floodwaters, here are some tips on how to address the damage.

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Gear Damage in a Final Drive

by Jim Strong | Aug 30, 2021 |

Final Drive Motor Gears, Gear oil, Planetary Hub


What makes a final drive motor different from a hydraulic motor is the planetary gear set on the drive motor--and when the gears go out, you're going to have major problems.


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Guide to Final Drive Cores

by Jim Strong | Aug 19, 2021 |

core, core buyback, core exchange


What are final drive core exchange policies? How does a core buyback work? What final drive cores are usually in demand? What condition do they need to be in? We try to answer these questions in more in this latest Shop Talk Blog post.


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How Bearing Lubrication Can Go Wrong

by Dr McCaslin | Aug 11, 2021 |

Gear oil, bearings, Lubrication


Most of the time, when we think of issues with final drive bearings, we think about having too little gear oil or maybe not changing it often enough. You might be surprised by some of the other ways that lubrication can cause some serious problems for your final drive bearings--especially those in the planetary hub.

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Water Contamination: Ingression, Removal, and Prevention

We've talked about foaming hydraulic fluid, but what if it's cloudy? Then your problem is water contamination. Read on how to learn its effects, how it gets in, how to remove, and how to prevent it.


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