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The Basics of Cavitation

The effects of cavitation are usually pretty easy to identify -- it causes a metal surface to have a pitted, crater-like appearance. What happens when cavitation takes place, and how it actually causes damage to normally resistant metals, isn’t quite as well known. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll be talking about what causes cavitation and why it can result in so much damage.

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When Professionals Run Into Problems With Final Drives This Is What They Do

Final drive motors, travel motors, and wheel motors are costly and vital to your equipment. When you run into problems with them, you might want to do what the professionals do. Here is some professional advice on how to handle problems with the hydraulic motors on your equipment.

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Facts You Need to Know about Bearings and Final Drive Motors

Every hydraulic motor, final drive, and travel motor is going to have bearings. Those bearings are a key component in its design and vital to its efficient operation. When bearings fail, quickly take out other parts and can render a hydraulic motor irreparably damaged. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you will learn key facts that you need to know about bearings and final drive motors.

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Swivel Joint Issues and Travel Motor Symptoms


On excavators, swivel joint problems can cause your travel motors to seem weak or perform unpredictably. If the problem is your swivel joint, then replacing the travel motors won’t help. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to review what a swivel joint does, how it can affect your travel motors, and how to track down the real source of your problem.

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Your Worst Nightmare About Final Drive Hydraulic Motors Come to Life

Your mini excavator is the key piece of equipment in a major project with a very fussy client. Everything is going according to schedule, and it looks like there will be no problem in meeting the deadline coming up in just two days. That is, until something whizzes by you while you're inspecting some recent work on site. You rush over there to take a look at what flew by and recognize it as the cover plate off the travel motor on your excavator. Your worst nightmare about final drives and travel motors has just come to life.


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Why Final Drive Bearings Fail

Bearings are one of those components on your final drive motor that is eventually going to wear out. Sometimes, however, they wear out sooner than they should. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss what contributes to bearing failure and how you can maximize the life of your bearings.

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Final Drive Motor Bearings

Bearings provide support, aid in alignment, constrain motion, minimize the wear and tear experienced by other components, and reduce friction. They are an indispensable part of your final drive motor, and when they fail the results can be catastrophic and irreparable. In this blog post, we are going to review the basics of bearings in a final drive and discuss topics including maintenance, cleaning, inspection, and signs of failure.

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Inspecting Final Drive Bearings

You’ve been having issues with your final drive, and you’ve started to take it apart to track down the problem. You’ve cleaned the bearings up, but how can you tell if it’s time to replace them? In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to delve into the signs that your bearings need to be replaced.


Is Your Final Drive Weak, or Stuck in High Speed Mode?

If your machine keeps steering to one side or has issues trying to climb an incline, one of the final drives may be trapped in high-speed mode. Even though it makes your final drive seem weak, it isn’t really a problem with your final drive. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about why high-speed mode can be a problem and what you can do to resolve it.

Bobcat 325 Rotator Group Damage

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 28, 2018 |

Final Drive Diagnosis, rotator group, pistons


One of the issues that we have encountered with Bobcat 325 final drives involves failure of the rotator group. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we will discuss what makes up a rotator group, what causes them to fail, and what can be done to fix it.

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