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The Ultimate Glossary of Terms About Hydraulic Motors

Travel motor, drive motor, wheel motor, propel motor, track drive, final drive motor -- all these terms refer to different types of hydraulic motors used to propel mobile equipment. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to review some terms related to hydraulic motors that it would be a good idea for you to know. You may know them already, but a good review is always in order.

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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.


7 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Machines Clean

by Dr McCaslin | May 02, 2018 |

Final Drive, Undercarriage


The nature of construction work means that you can’t keep your machines always looking new and shiny. However, you can keep them clean. Here are seven good reasons why you should keep your machines clean--you might be surprised at the benefits!

Final Drive Cores

When shopping for a final drive motor, you may come across "core charges" or "core exchange programs". In fact, there are many programs similar to this in the final drive market. This Shop Talk Blog Post will answer the most common questions our customers have about final drive cores, core exchanges, and core buyback programs.

Maintenance for Bobcat E32 and E35 Final Drive Motors

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about how to maintain the final drives on your Bobcat E32 and E35. Regular preventative maintenance will greatly extend the life of your final drive motor, and paying attention to details like case drain filters can save you thousands of dollars in downtime and repairs.

Common Hydraulic Fluid Issues

Hydraulic fluid performs many jobs for your final drive, including lubricating moving parts and protecting parts from corrosion, rust, and oxidation.  Anything that hinders the ability of your hydraulic fluid to do its job will turn into a big problem for your final drive later on. This Shop Talk Blog post will focus on hydraulic fluid issues that can impact your machine' final drives.

Bobcat 337 Final Drive Failures

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 05, 2018 |

bobcat 337, Final Drive Problem, Final Drive


The Bobcat 337 is a popular model of mini/midi excavator, machines otherwise known as compact excavators or mini-diggers. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you’ll learn the most common problems experienced by Bobcat 337 final drives, what causes them, what the aftermath might look like, and how to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.

Kubota KX121 Final Drive Cover Plate Removal

If you have a Kubota mini excavator, like the KX121, then the time might come when you need to remove the cover plate from its Kayaba (KYB) brand final drive motor. The cover plates can be a nightmare to remove, especially in the field. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about how to do just that using everyday tools.

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!

5 Questions You Should Ask About a Final Drive Before Buying It

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 02, 2018 |

Final drive motor, Final Drive


When your machine has stopped running (or literally stopped in its tracks), you need a final drive motor right away. Since final drive motors are large purchases, however, you need to do a bit of research first. That's likely how you ended up reading our post. Here are five questions you need to ask before you commit to buying a replacement hydraulic final drive -- from the experts!

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