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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.

Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Compact Track Loader's Final Drive

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 08, 2023 |

Compact Track Loader, Maintenance, CTL



Your CTL (Compact Track Loader) depends on the final drive motors to keep it running. When a final drive fails, costs include repair/replacement and expensive downtime. Extending the useful life of your final drives reduces downtime and repair costs, meaning a better profit margin and more productivity.


In this Shop Talk blog post, we’ll look at tips for extending the life of CTL final drives, focusing on maintenance and inspection, operating practices, and track tension and alignment.

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How to Achieve ISO 4406 Hydraulic Cleanliness Goals

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 01, 2023 |

Hydraulic Contamination, ISO 4406



In the previous Shop Talk Blog post Understanding ISO 4406: The Basics we went over why cleanliness codes are important to you then talked about what the ISO 4406 digit codes represent. This time we're looking at how to use ISO 4406 to set and achieve cleanliness goals for your hydraulic systems.

Understanding ISO 4406: The Basics

by Dr McCaslin | Nov 21, 2023 |

Contamination, hydraulic fluid, ISO 4406


Your compact equipment and final drives depend on the smooth flow of hydraulic fluid to transmit power and control motion. However, the presence of contaminants in the hydraulic fluid can adversely affect not just system performance but its longevity as well. And that is where ISO 4406 comes into play.

In this Shop Talk Blog post, you’ll learn why cleanliness codes should be important to you, followed by what the ISO 4406 digit codes represent.

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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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In the Know: Bolt Preload

by Dr McCaslin | Sep 13, 2023 |

Bolts, Fasteners


Bolts are critical to keeping your final drive motor together and running. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we're going to look at bolt preload and how it works.


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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!

Nabtesco Travel Motors

by Jim Strong | Aug 19, 2023 |

Final Drive, Excavators, Mini-excavators, Nabtesco


Nabtesco is one of the most popular brands of travel motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll look into the company and what types of final drive motors they manufacture.

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Mechanical Fasteners in Your Final Drive Motor

by Jim Strong | Aug 17, 2023 |

Bolts, Fasteners, Circlips

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Mechanical fasteners join things together, whether bolts holding the hubs of your final drive motor together or a circlip used to keep the cover plate in place. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll explore the different types of fasteners you may find in your final drive motor.

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