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World's Biggest Hydraulic Shovel?

The world's biggest hydraulic shovel has been the Bucyrus RH400 for many years -- read on to learn more about this monstrous hydraulic machine!

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Advancements in Hydraulic Motor Design: Clearances

The most modern hydraulic motor designs include clearances that are much smaller than those of older models. These smaller clearances, while providing even better efficiency and performance, can cause their own share of problems. That’s the topic of this Shop Talk Blog -- as well as how to deal with the problems that result from reduced clearances.

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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.

Load Sensing Final Drive Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 02, 2019 |

Final Drive, Hydraulic Motors

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Some models of two-speed final drive motors are load sensing. This means that the operator doesn’t have to change speeds -- the final drive detects when there is enough of a load to slow down. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about load sensing final drive motors, discuss how they work, and then examine the benefits they offer.


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Hard to Find Final Drives

There’s still a lot of equipment out there in operation that is … well … old. It was well made and, through maintenance and good care, has successfully outlived the expectations of many. However, things can become problematic when you can no longer find replacement parts for older equipment -- especially when you can’t find a replacement final drive motor or hydraulic pump. So, what can you do when your equipment is old enough that it becomes hard to find replacements for the track drives or final drive motors?

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Interesting Places to Find Hydraulic Systems

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 27, 2019 |

Hydraulic Motors, Hydraulics, hydraulic fluid

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When it comes to technical advice, the Shop Talk Blog tries to focus on mobile hydraulic equipment such as skid steers, CTLs, and excavators. We do try to cover some topics that are related to hydraulics but not necessarily directly tied to compact equipment. In this blog post, we are doing just that with some examples of interesting places to find hydraulic systems at work.

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What Do Ferris Wheels and Tracked Machines Have in Common?

You probably have memories of childhood that involve either riding a Ferris wheel or wanting to ride one. They seem almost magical as the massive wheel full of passengers turns slowly, lifting everyone up into the sky for a few moments. You may not be aware of it, but many Ferris wheels and tracked machines have something in common: hydraulic final drive motors.

Valve Blocks on Final Drive Hydraulic Motors

Valve blocks, in one form or another, can be found on all hydraulic motors -- including final drive motors and travel motors. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to answer some common questions about valve blocks.


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5 Little Changes That'll Make a Big Difference With Your Final Drive Hydraulic Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 04, 2019 |

Hydraulic Motors, Final Drive Motor Assembly

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We understand how important final drives are to your operation, whether it’s a one-man company with a few specialized machines or a larger company that owns a fleet of construction vehicles. Small or large, we have some advice that will make a significant difference in the life of the final drive hydraulic motors that keep your machines running.

 


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6 Things about Hydraulic Motors You May Not Have Known

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we present six things about hydraulic motors you may not have known. We’d like to make a bet with you that you will run across something in here you didn’t know before … including the oldest operating hydraulic motor and the largest hydraulic motor in production.


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