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Basic Types of Hydraulic Fluid for Heavy and Compact Equipment

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 02, 2019 |

hydraulic fluid, Hydraulics

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Hydraulic fluids are the lifeblood of your hydraulic system. As such, they need unique properties that support lubrication, incompressibility, corrosion resistance, and heat transfer. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the different types of hydraulic fluid used in construction equipment, but we’ll start with a quick history lesson.


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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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What Causes Hydraulic Fluid to Overheat

by Dr McCaslin | Oct 11, 2018 |

hydraulic fluid, Hydraulics

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Hot hydraulic fluid can be one of the causes of an overheating final drive motor. If your hydraulic fluid is running at a higher than normal temperature then it can cause problems for your entire hydraulic system. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about what can cause hydraulic fluid to overheat.

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Preventing Hydraulic Contamination

Your final drive is just one of many components that make up the hydraulic system on your machine. All those components share the same hydraulic fluid. If contamination enters at one point in the system, you run the risk of it causing damage to other parts of the system. That’s why it is so critical to you do your best to prevent hydraulic contamination. In an ideal world, you would only open up the hydraulic system in a clean environment -- but we realize that isn’t always realistic. Here are some practical hints and tips to help you prevent hydraulic contamination.


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What Is Hydraulic Fluid?

by Dr McCaslin | Sep 20, 2018 |

hydraulic fluid, Hydraulics

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http://info.texasfinaldrive.com/shop-talk-blog/hydraulic-fluid-just-the-factsHydraulic fluid, sometimes referred to as hydraulic oil, is the medium used to transmit power in hydraulic systems. It is a complex liquid that has to serve many different purposes and posses many different characteristics. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the nature of hydraulic fluid, including what it’s made from, what properties it needs to have, and what fundamental properties makes it work so well.


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Hydraulic Fluid: Just the Facts

Hydraulic fluid is the lifeblood of a hydraulic system, whether that hydraulic system is on a full-size excavator or a small skid steer loader. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss all things hydraulic -- hydraulic fluid, hydraulic contamination, hydraulic flushing, and hydraulic injection.


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6 Types of Hydraulic Fluid Contamination

Contamination is a problem in all types of hydraulic equipment. In this blog post, we are going to look at six different types of hydraulic contamination, including built-in, generated, air, water, chemical, and ingressed particulate. We’ll also discuss where the contamination comes from, what it can do, and how it can be controlled.

 


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Should I Change or Flush My Hydraulic Fluid?

Do you know when you should change your hydraulic fluid? When do experts advise that you flush your hydraulic system?  Get the details in this blog post about whether you should change or flush the hydraulic fluid on your heavy or compact equipment.

 


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5 Things to Avoid Doing with Hydraulic Lines

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 09, 2017 |

Hydraulics, Hydraulic Lines, Hydraulic Fittings

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Hydraulic lines are a major part of any hydraulic system; the hydraulics on construction equipment such as skid steers, compact track loaders, and excavators are no exception. Since hydraulics are so vital to your equipment, we wanted to dedicate a Shop Talk Blog post to this subject. Whether you are maintaining your own equipment or restoring an older machine, here are five things you want to avoid doing with your hydraulic lines.

Hydraulic Fluid Questions for Newbies

by Dr McCaslin | Oct 18, 2017 |

Hydraulic System, Hydraulics

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In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some questions about hydraulic fluid that are for people new to hydraulics. We've tried to track down some practical answers to very common real-world questions, like whether hydraulic fluid will kill grass, and what to do when hydrualic fluid gets on asphalt.

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