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5 Signs Your Skid Steer Hydraulic Motors Need Service

Problems With Your Skid Steer Loader?


It's vital that your skid steer keeps rolling, and your hydraulic motors are the key!  In this Shop Talk blog post, we are going to talk about 5 signs that your skid steer hydraulic motors need service.  We'll also talk about what those signs could mean, and how to make sure that the problem is with your final drive hydraulic motor and not some other part of your skid steer.



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Formulas for Hydraulic Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 15, 2018 |

Hydraulic Motors, Formulas


This post involves something people either love or love to hate: MATH! Sometimes, it’s handy to be able to calculate things like speed, torque, and flow rate for your hydraulic motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to show you some common hydraulic motor calculations and provide examples on how to use them. Impress your mechanic or sales contact with your newfound technical knowledge! Let's start!

Hydraulic Fluid Injection - Do You Understand the Dangers?

Hydraulic fluid may seem relatively harmless to work with -- until it is pressurized. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to take a look at why hydraulic fluid under pressure is so dangerous, what happens when you come into contact with it, and what you can do to minimize those dangers when you're on the job.

Note: If you're working with pressurized hydraulic fluid and feel a prick (like electricity) on your skin, please seek medical attention right away.

Identifying the Hydraulic Ports on a Final Drive Motor

There can be up to five hydraulic connections to your final drive motor or travel motor, and this is true whether you have a mini-excavator, skid steer loader, or compact track loader. In this Shop Talk Blog post we will discuss each hydraulic port, including how to identify them and what their purposes are.

5 Things You Didn't Know about Eaton

Eaton Hydraulic Drive Market in US

At Texas Final Drive, we've partnered with Eaton to expand their hydraulic drive motor market to the United States and we recently started carrying their JPVJ back-to-back hydraulic pumps, too. If you aren't familiar with the Eaton brand (including their connection to golf) then this blog post should help you learn a bit more about them.

Preventing Case Drain Related Failure on Final Drive Motors

Clogged case drain filters are responsible for a significant number of failed final drives and hydraulic motors that come into our shop here at Texas Final Drive. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about what case drain filters do, what happens when they clog, and how you can prevent case drain related failure from wrecking your final drive motor.

Does Your Excavator Need an Eaton Track Drive Motor?

When the track drive motor on your exacavtor goes out, you need a quality replacement that fits your budget and your machine. If you own a hydraulic excavator, one of your newer options here in the United States is an Eaton brand aftermarket track drive motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the pros of the Eaton JMV Series Track Drive Motors.



4 Questions to Ask When Replacing a Final Drive

You're pressed for time already, and now one of your final drives has stopped your equipment in its tracks.  You need a replacement, and you need it fast.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss 4 important questions you need to ask when you are about to replace your final drive or hydraulic motor. Taking the time to get answers to these questions will save you trouble (and possibly money) in the long run.

Reman Final Drives and Lapping- Dr Drive Shop Video

Texas Final Drive and Lapping Tables

One of the tools used to restore certain final drive components to usability at Texas Final Drive is a lapping table.  Lapping is a manufacturing process that produces a smooth, flat surface on a part.  The particular process we use for final drive parts is officially termed free abrasive lapping. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the lapping process and how it applies to final drive motors.

The Cool History of ASV

ASV Compact Equipment

You are probably familiar with the ASV brand of compact equipment, which focuses primarily on multi-terrain loaders and skid steer loaders. What you may not be familiar with, however, is the history of ASV and how it has impacted the compact equipment market through the years. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to step back in time and check out the cool history (pun intended!) of ASV.

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