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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.


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.

The Role of Lubrication in Preventing Planetary Failures


The planetary on your final drive motor generates tremendous amounts of torque and requires lubrication to provide high performance and extend the life of its components. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we'll talk about lubrication's role in preventing planetary failure.

The Effects of Gear Oil Contamination on a Final Drive Planetary: A Comprehensive Guide

Discover the detrimental effects of gear oil contamination on your final drive and learn how to prevent it. This comprehensive guide provides valuable insights into the various forms of contamination, their impact, and essential preventive measures.

Hydraulic System Health: Preventive Maintenance for Compact Equipment

by Jim Strong | Oct 16, 2023 |

Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance



Preventive maintenanceensures the longevity and efficient performance of the hydraulic systems that provide power and functionality to your compact equipment. This Shop Talk Blog post reviews a checklist of routine maintenance tasks to minimize wear and tear, leaks, and other common issues.

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Pumping Up the Quality with Final Drive Motor Testing

by Jim Strong | Sep 01, 2023 |

Reman Final Drives, Final Drive Repair, Quality


Are you excited about top-notch quality assurance? So are we! Dive in with us as we highlight the journey of how we make sure the final drives and hydraulic motors we repair and re-manufacture pass with flying colors!

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