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Is the Problem Really the Pump?

Let’s quickly review how to troubleshoot a hydraulic pump by looking at common symptoms and discussing the causes -- and whether the issue is even related to the pump.


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Tips for Setting Up a Workspace for Your Hydraulics

If you’re going to work on a final drive motor or pump, it’s essential to set aside a clean workspace if you want to prevent contamination and the expensive damage it can cause. Here are some hints and tips to help you have a safe workplace for your hydraulics.


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Fast Facts About Kubota

by Jim Strong | Jul 14, 2022 |

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Want to learn something new about Kubota? Here are some cool things our research uncovered, from cholera to steel rolling mills.


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Hydraulic Hoses: Choosing the Right Replacement Part 1

by Jim Strong | Jun 15, 2022 |

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It's essential to be careful when selecting a replacement hydraulic hose for your compact equipment.


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Why Buying a Used Final Drive Motor is a Bad Idea

Buying a used final drive motor for your machine seems like an economical choice -- but while it may be good in a pinch, it’s not a good investment for the long haul.

 


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Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders in the US Armed Forces

by Jim Strong | Apr 22, 2022 |

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We’ve talked before about compact equipment in the military. But in this Shop Talk Blog post, we want to look at skids steers and compact track loaders, mainly focusing on how they are used, how they are sometimes transported, and what manufacturers are most popular.

Republic of Singapore Air Force Airmen perform sling load operations at the Mystic drop zone, hoisting a Bobcat S450 skid steer loader with an RSAF CH-47 D Chinook helicopter in support of the Golden Coyote training exercise at the South Dakota National Guard West Camp Rapid training facility, Rapid City, S.D., June 14, 2016. The Golden Coyote exercise is a three-phase, scenario-driven exercise conducted in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming, which enables commanders to focus on mission essential task requirements, warrior tasks and battle drills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristen Root/Released)

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Basics of Skid Steer Loaders

Here's some basic information about skid steers, including how they are categorized, operating costs, maintenance, and -- of course -- final drive motors.

3 Basic Types of Hydraulic Fluid

by Jim Strong | Mar 12, 2022 |

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There are a ton of different hydraulic fluids on the market -- how do you know which one is the right one for your equipment? In this Shop Talk Blog post, we're going to look at the three basic types of hydraulic fluid. And expect some more blog posts on the subject!

 


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World's Largest Skid Steer Loader

by Jim Strong | Mar 03, 2022 |

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Have you ever wondered who makes the largest skid steer loader?

 


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Preventive Maintenance and Compact Equipment

What kind of maintenance practices do you follow for your compact equipment? We recommend preventive maintenance, especially when it comes to your final drive motors.


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