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4 Horrifying Final Drive Failures

Not all final drive motor failures are equal! Some are just horrifying ...


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How to Tell When a Planetary Gear System Needs to be Replaced

The planetary gear system is key to helping your final drive motor generate the torque needed to move your equipment and transport heavy loads. When it goes out, everything literally comes to a grinding halt. Learn the signs of impending planetary gear failure!


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Hydraulic Contamination Failure Categories: What You Need to Know [Infographic]

by Dr McCaslin | Jun 18, 2020 |

Final Drive Failure, Hydraulic Contamination

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Not all contamination related failures are catastrophic --
but if the symptoms are ignored, they will be!

 


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Results of Hydraulic Contamination

Hydraulic contamination is a serious problem for final drive motors, and even more so for newer models that have tighter clearances. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some of the results of hydraulic contamination and how to prevent them. It's easier than you may think!

 


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Bobcat Final Drive Failures and Case Drain Filters

A good number of the failed Bobcat final drive motors we see come in are related to the case drain filter. Here's why -- and how to keep it from happening to you!

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Worst Final Drive Motor Fails: Radial Piston Hydraulic Motor

In our continuing discussion on some of the worst final drive motors fails we’ve seen here at Texas Final Drive, allow us to present a very badly scarred radial piston hydraulic motor. This final drive was totaled -- there is just no coming back from this kind of damage.


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Worst Final Drive Motor Fails: Internal Explosion Edition

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at one of the most damaged final drive motors we have seen -- and we have seen plenty here at Texas Final Drive. The majority of the damage can be traced back to the rotator group.

 


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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.

Facts You Need to Know about Bearings and Final Drive Motors

Every hydraulic motor, final drive, and travel motor is going to have bearings. Those bearings are a key component in its design and vital to its efficient operation. When bearings fail, quickly take out other parts and can render a hydraulic motor irreparably damaged. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you will learn key facts that you need to know about bearings and final drive motors.


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Scoring in Final Drive Hydraulic Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 19, 2018 |

Final Drive Failure, Final Drive Problem

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Not all the damage that we see come into our shop here a Texas Final Drive is dramatic -- sometimes it takes a trained eye to spot the problem. A good example of that is scoring of key components, like the cam ring out of a radial piston hydraulic motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about scoring, its causes, why it’s serious, and how to prevent it.


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