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Compact Excavators and the Zombie Apocalypse

If you’re thinking ahead, you probably know that you need to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. If you plan to build shelters and clean up zombie bodies, then you need to make sure your compact excavator is ready for the first outbreak and beyond.

 

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The Many Applications of Excavators

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 09, 2019 |

Excavators, Mini-excavators, Compact Excavators

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The excavator often serves as a general, all-purpose piece of heavy equipment, but it’s primarily known for its ability to dig. Digging isn’t all that it can do, of course -- and in this Shop Talk Blog post, we want to explore some of the other capabilities of the hydraulic excavator.


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3 Common Misconceptions About Excavators

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 05, 2018 |

Excavators, Mini-excavators, Compact Excavators

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In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to deal with three misconceptions about excavators, including the right way to dig, the best machine for digging a trench, and whether cleaning the undercarriage is important.


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Track Tension and Final Drive Motors

What may seem to be a final drive issue can sometimes be a problem with track tension. This is true whether or not you have an excavator, a compact track loader, a multi-terrain loader, a backhoe, or any other tracked machine. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss track tension issues and general guidelines for adjusting track tension.


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How Undercarriage Condition Can Impact Travel Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 10, 2018 |

Mini-excavators, Compact Excavators, MTL, CTL

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You may already know that your undercarriage accounts for a good portion of your overall excavator M&O costs. What you may not realize is that failure to maintain your undercarriage can adversely affect the performance of your travel motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you can learn how the condition of your undercarriage can impact your travel motor.


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Got Gehl?

Gehl is a well known manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment.  Their impressive product lineup includes skid steer loaders, track loaders, articulated loaders, compact excavators, asphalt pavers, and telescopic handlers. Today, Gehl equipment is a common sight on work sites across the US -- but how much do you know about its history? In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to journey back through the history of Gehl and learn how it grew to be a leader in compact and heavy equipment.

Autopsy: Kubota KX71-3 Final Drive

by Jim Strong | Dec 14, 2017 |

Excavators, Compact Excavators, kubota

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The Kubota KX71-3 is a powerful compact excavator with a reputation for reliability. Find out what we discovered when we “autopsied” a final drive taken from a Kubota KX71-3 -- you might be surprised at what took down this final drive motor!

Heavy Equipment in the Movies

by Jim Strong | Dec 08, 2017 |

Excavators, Mini-excavators, Compact Excavators

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Not all movie stars are flesh and blood -- some are made of metal! In this Shop Talk Blog post, we take a lighthearted look at the use of construction equipment in films, from the silent movies all the way up to Alien: Covenant.

4 Bad Habits That Mini Excavator Owners and Operators Need to Quit

It’s important that your excavator is ready to work when the deadlines are looming ever nearer -- but there are some bad habits and patterns that all too many owners and operators fall into that compromise the performance and useful life of their excavator. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about four bad habits that compact excavator owners and operators need to quit.

Our Favorite YouTube Channels about Compact Equipment

YouTube can be a great source of information for any niche you can think of. In fact, we at Texas Final Drive have our own channel where we occasionally try to educate and entertain viewers about final drives. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to introduce you to four of the best channels we have found for accurate, informative, and interesting videos related to compact equipment.

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