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Regina M. Dick

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Common Misconceptions Regarding Hydraulics

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some of the common misconceptions about hydraulics, including some key myths regarding hydraulic motors. Some of it is more or less fun trivia, but we have included a couple of key pieces of information that are very important to the operation of your hydraulic motors. How many of these misconceptions did you already know about?


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:

Cam Ring Failure in a Final Drive (Dr. Drive Video)

Dr. Drive on Cam Ring Failure

Cam ring failures are common in radial piston hydraulic motors and are not specific to a particular model of a final drive -- it can be found in any of the radial piston motors used on Bobcat, CAT, CASE, and New Holland machines. In this Shop Talk Blog post featuring Dr. Drive, you will learn what a cam ring failure is, how it happens, and what can be done about it. We'll start with a quick review on cam rings ...


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CTLs and Skid Steers: Charge Pump Failures (YouTube Video)

 In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about a common cause of failures in CTLs and skid steers and how to prevent it.  As part of this case study, we will be specifically discussing CAT 246 skid steer hydraulic motor and brake assembly that was sent in to us for diagnosis.

Hints for Inspecting a Used Mini Excavator

Popular Compact Excavators

Mini excavators (also called compact excavators) are increasing in popularity because of their combination of size, power, and versatility.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some hints and tips on how to inspect a used mini excavator so that you can get a quality machine at a fair price.


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5 Simple Keys to Effective Excavator Undercarriage Maintenance

 Heavy Equipment Undercarriage Costs?

The undercarriage of your heavy equipment can account for up to 50% of your O&O costs over the lifetime of your machine,  whether its a compact track loader, multi-terrain loader, or excavator.  That means keeping the undercarriage well-maintained is very important, so in this blog post we are going to discuss five simple keys to effective undercarriage maintenance.

3 Considerations in Keeping Your Final Drive Running

Final drives have to endure quite a bit – like high-impact loads, extreme torque, sudden direction changes, and frequent gear changes. You know that when your final drive stops, your machine stops. That means one of your goals should be to keep that final drive running.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some of the considerations in keeping your final drive running.



CASE CTL:  Options for Replacing the Hydraulic Motor and Final Drive

Top Compact Track Loader CASE TR340



Last year, Equipment Today named the CASE TR340 CTL one of their Contractor’s Top 50 New Products.  CASE compact track loaders have long been popular because of their quality, reliability, and power.  One of the facts of life, however, is that even the best piece of equipment is going to have parts with a limited life span, including final drives.  In this blog post, we are going to talk about your options when it comes to replacing a CASE hydraulic final drive motor for a compact track loader.






7 Quick Tips for Skid Steer Maintenance in Extreme Weather

Skid Steers and Aggressive Weather

Skid-steers are going to need a different type of maintenance when faced with extreme weather, whether its extreme heat or extreme cold.  In this blog post, we are going to give you some tips on how to keep your skid-steer loader running well even in aggressive weather.

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Skid Steer Motion and Hydraulic Motors

by Regina M. Dick | Feb 08, 2017 |

Heavy Equipment 101, Skid Steers, Excavators


Skid Steer Loader Popularity

Skid steers, also known as skid loaders and skid steer loaders, have been around since the late 1950s.  They are among the most versatile pieces of construction and landscaping equipment on the market today, and their popularity has not waned over the years. In this bog post, we are going to talk about hydraulic motors and how skid steers move.


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Tips for Purchasing a Used Skid Steer (Plus 6 Walkaround Tips)

by Regina M. Dick | Feb 02, 2017 |

Heavy Equipment 101, Skid Steers


Skid Steer Loaders: New VS Used 

Skid steer loaders are an incredibly versatile piece of equipment, but not everyone that needs one is in the market for a brand new one.  In this blog post, we are going to discuss some tips for purchasing a good quality used skid steer.



Interesting in more information about skid steers and track loaders? Take a look at some of our other Shop Talk blog posts ...

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