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The Basics of Hydraulic Cylinders

by Jim Strong | Jun 16, 2024 |

Hydraulic Cylinders



Hydraulic cylinders lift, push, pull, compress, and extend with a tremendous amount of force. We know how indispensable they are to your compact equipment, so here's a refresher on the basics.


Metal Hardness and Your Final Drive Motor

by Dr McCaslin | May 27, 2024 |

Final Drive Failure, Materials


The choice of materials used in your final drive motor is extremely important. The engineers behind hydraulic motors don't randomly choose what type of steel or brass to use. So here is a quick introduction to one of the characteristics engineers consider: material hardness.

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Takeuchi TL8 Final Drive Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 10, 2024 |

Reman Final Drives, Takeuchi


We’ve heard that some of our customers are having difficulty finding replacement Takeuchi TL8 final drive motors outside of the dealer. That’s why we’ve been remanufacturing so many lately. Learn more about the Takeuchi TL8 compact track loaders and the final drives we have in stock for them. 

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Over-Tire-Tracks for Skid Steers: What You Need Know

by Jim Strong | Mar 29, 2024 |

Tracks, OTT


Skid steer loaders are versatile workhorses in numerous industries ranging from heavy construction to delicate landscaping. These compact machines are renowned for their maneuverability and ability to tackle various tasks. One crucial aspect of skid steer loaders is their choice of wheel tracks. Sometimes, tires won't do the job when you need more flotation or traction, and that's where over-the-tire tracks come in. When selecting the right OTT tracks for your skid steer loader, understanding the pros and cons of each option is vital.

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we'll look at the pros and cons of rubber and steel over tire tracks.

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Bobcat T190s and Their Final Drives

Bobcat CTLs are truly "one tough animal" and the Bobcat T190 is no exception. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we'll talk a bit about the T190 and the different types of final drive motors they may have.

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Maintaining Skid Steer Final Drives for Optimal Performance and Reliability

by Jim Strong | Feb 29, 2024 |

Final Drive Maintenance, Gear oil, Leaks, Duo-cone Seal


We know that it’s vital to keep your skid steers rolling year-round and that the key to their reliability and performance lies in maintenance.

In this Shop Talk blog post, we’ll discuss the key maintenance tasks for skid steer final drivesthat will increase their uptime, reduce repair costs, and extend their lifespan.

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Exploring Hydraulic Connectors: Types and Applications

Your hydraulic equipment has many different hydraulic connectors, and it’s good to know the different types. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll talk about hydraulic connectors (threaded, flange, and quick disconnect) -- including how they work and where you’re likely to find them.

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Heavy Losses: Uncovering the World of Construction Equipment Theft

by Jim Strong | Feb 02, 2024 |



Heavy equipment theft is a significant problem in the United States. Showing up to a job site only to find some of your equipment missing is a nightmare --  financial losses, waiting for insurance to process, delayed projects, downtime, lost productivity, and more. 

And while we know this doesn’t tie in directly with final drive motors, we know it is a concern for many of our customers. So, in this Shop Talk Blog post, we’re talking about equipment theft trends, contributing factors, and their impact. Then, we’ll look at the challenges to recovery, followed by preventative strategies. At the end, there are some additional resources to help you protect your equipment and ensure a fast recovery if stolen.

Catastrophic Failure: Why Gear Oil Maintenance is So Important

What does catastrophic failure caused by a lack of maintenance look like? Let’s look at an example: a totaled planetary on a John Deere 332 final drive.

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Differences Between Reman and Used Final Drive Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 11, 2024 |

Reman Final Drives, Used Final Drive


It always seems like final drives decide to fail at the worst possible moment, and when that happens, you usually have to make some quick decisions about a replacement. One of those options available to you would be reman (remanufactured) final drive motors, but used final drives are another. Which one is the best?

Discover the key differences between remanufactured and used final drive motors and why reman is a better option.

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