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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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Construction: Have You Heard of the Fatal Four?

OSHA Fatal Four

Every year, hundreds of workers are injured in accidents related to construction equipment.  OSHA has developed a list they call the "Fatal Four": the four most common causes of construction worker fatalities. Do you know what they are? That's the focus of this Shop Talk Blog post.


Komatsu Reman Final Drives (w/YouTube Video)

Final Drive "Bites the Dust"

When the final drive on your Komatsu bites the dust, you start looking for repair and replacement options. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to take a look in detail at one particularly popular replacement option: reman/rebuilt final drives.

Bobcat: 5 Fast Facts to Blow Your Mind! (w/Videos)

The Bobcat Equipment Brand

Bobcat is probably one of the best known brands of compact equipment -- so well known, in fact, that people that know nothing about skid steers and compact track loaders recognize the brand. Every famous company has some interesting facts in their history, and Bobcat is no exception. Are you ready for five fast facts to blow your mind? 

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Hydraulic Drive Motors and Mining

Mining Machines

There are many, many different machines that are used in connection with mining.  Most of the machines, from small loaders to gigantic mining trucks, use hydraulic motors.  The focus of this blog post is the use of hydraulic motors in the mining industry, with an overview of some of the classfications for mining equipment.



Shop Talk Blog continues to provide strategic informational and educational articles to keep you ahead of the curve on heavy equipment for your industry.  Here are other key posts on Hydraulic Motors to keep you well-informed:


Construction Equipment Guide Interviews Texas Final Drive (YouTube Video)

Dr. Drive (Shop Talk Videos) and Dr. McCaslin (Shop Talk Blog) Heavy Equipment Online Education

Can the web provide the best means of teaching mechanical/technical information for making better business decisions? In a recent interview, Dr. Drive (Shop Talk Videos) and Dr. Sara McCaslin (Shop Talk Blog) from Texas Final Drive were interviewed by Teddy McKeon of Construction Equipment Guide concerning their online educational approach to final drive hydraulic motors and excavator equipment.  In addition, they discussed the Texas Final Drive's partnership with Eaton hydraulic track drive motors in US utilizing state-of-the-art hydraulic power management technology.

Daily Maintenance for Skid Steer Loaders

Extending Useful Life of Your Skid Steer


Did you know that daily maintenance is the key to extending the useful life of your skid steer?  While simply daily steps may not seem like much, they add up to a great deal of savings in repairs and machine down-time regardless of whether a Bobcat or Terex skid steer loader.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to review the daily maintenance tasks that need to be followed if you want the skid steers in your fleet to be as efficient and productive as possible.





Eaton Track Drive Motors for Construction

In the Shop Talk Blog recently, we've been discussing the Eaton JMV series of track drive motors. In this post, however, we are going to focus on what Eaton track drive motors have to offer specifically to those in the construction industry, focusing on issues like fuel economy, safety, reliability, and flexibility.

Hydraulic Drive Motors and Contamination

Hydraulic contamination is a major source of problems for any type of hydraulic system, but especially for hydraulic motors and final drives -- which means that it is very important to be well informed on the subject.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the types and sources of contamination, as well as how to avoid contamination.  This information is important for all types of hydraulic construction equipment, from a Terex CTL to a Bobcat skid steer.



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Replacing the Drive Motors for a CTL

Track Drives and Compact Track Loaders


If you own a CTL (compact track loader) or MTL (multi-terrain loader), then you know that your machine isn't going to move unless that track drive is working properly. When the track drives fail, you need a replacement ASAP. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about your options when its time to replace your track drive.





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