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Danger of a Dry Starting a Hydraulic Motor

Did you know you can invalidate the warranty of your final drive motor if you make the mistake of dry starting it after you’ve just installed it? Read on to learn what a dry start it, how it can damage your motor, and how to keep it from happening to you.

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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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6 Lessons About Final Drives That You Can Learn From Superheroes, Part Two


As we've talked about before in Part 1 of this series, there are some really good lessons we can learn from superheroes, and maybe some really bad ones, too (we’re looking at you, Deadpool).  We can learn some pretty good lessons about final drives, too.  For Part 2, we are going to take a look at lessons from Batman, Huntress, and Thor! (Trigger warning:  this article may upset diehard comics fans!)


A Dangerous Misconception about Hydraulic Motor Installation

Sometimes people assume that there is no need to add hydraulic fluid to a hydraulic motor before it is installed because the fluid circulates through the system. This is incorrect, and the dry start that results in can seriously damage your hydraulic motor. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss why this assumption is incorrect, what kind of damage can result, and what you need to do in order to prevent a dry start.

Tips for Installing a Final Drive

by Jim Strong | Dec 19, 2017 |

Final Drive, Final Drive Installation


We know that final drive motors aren’t cheap, and any downtime with your machine is costly. You want to get your replacement final drive installed as quickly and painlessly as possible, and avoid future problems that might come as a result of a poor installation. Here are some tips for installing a final drive with just those goals in mind.

Final Drives Spinning Backwards

One of the common questions we get asked is this: why is my final drive spinning backwards? In this Shop Talk Blog post, we'll talk about why final drives spin the wrong direction and some different approaches on how to fix the problem. This information holds regardless of whether it's on an excavator, skid steer loader, or compact track loader.

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