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How Does an Axial Piston Final Drive Motor Work

Final drive motors are what keeps much of your equipment running -- skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, excavators, tractors, and more. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the basics of how one type of final drive motor works -- the axial piston hydraulic motor.

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Typical Seals You'll Find in a Final Drive

If you’ve ever taken a final drive apart, you know that it has a ton of seals and o-rings. Each one serves an important purpose, so for this Shop Talk Blog post we decided to discuss the types of seals used in final drives. We’ll also discuss why they are important, what can happen when they fail, and hints and tips for installing them.

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Are Aftermarket Final Drives a Good Investment? you need a final drive, you are looking for a price that can fit your budget -- but you still need a quality drive that will last. There are off brand drives that you can buy that may be cheaper, but is that a good idea? In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll talk about whether non-OEM final drive motors are a good investment for your equipment.

Why Final Drive Bearings Fail

Bearings are one of those components on your final drive motor that is eventually going to wear out. Sometimes, however, they wear out sooner than they should. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss what contributes to bearing failure and how you can maximize the life of your bearings.

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Final Drive Lubrication and Contamination

You may have a good understanding of why contamination is bad for your hydraulic system, but did you know it’s just as bad for the planetary side of your final drive motor? Experts agree that lubrication contamination is the number one cause of machinery failure. Dirt, sand, and other abrasive particles can get inside your final drive gearbox and do tremendous damage. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss why contaminated gear oil is a problem, what the results of it are, and how you can minimize it.


6 Lessons About Final Drives That You Can Learn From Superheroes, Part Two


As we've talked about before in Part 1 of this series, there are some really good lessons we can learn from superheroes, and maybe some really bad ones, too (we’re looking at you, Deadpool).  We can learn some pretty good lessons about final drives, too.  For Part 2, we are going to take a look at lessons from Batman, Huntress, and Thor! (Trigger warning:  this article may upset diehard comics fans!)


Types of Bearings in a Final Drive

Any type of machine you encounter is going to have bearings in it.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the types of bearings in your final drive hydraulic motor. We'll also look at the different functions they serve, signs of failure, the aftermath of failure, and how to prevent failure.


Cleaning Final Drive Bearings

by Dr McCaslin | May 22, 2018 |

bearings, Final drive motor


Your final drive motor has been giving you problems, and you’ve decided to take it apart. Once you get to the bearings, you need to clean them up before you can tell whether to replace them. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss how to clean your bearings without damaging them.


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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.

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