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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.

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.

Common Gear Oil Additives

by Jim Strong | Nov 10, 2021 |

Final Drive Motor Gearbox, Gear oil, Lubrication


How familiar are you with common lubricant additives, especially when it comes to gear oil?

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What Do Ferris Wheels and Tracked Machines Have in Common?

You probably have memories of childhood that involve either riding a Ferris wheel or wanting to ride one. They seem almost magical as the massive wheel full of passengers turns slowly, lifting everyone up into the sky for a few moments. You may not be aware of it, but many Ferris wheels and tracked machines have something in common: hydraulic final drive motors.

Planetary Gears and Final Drive Motors

Final drive motors are hydraulic motors with a speed reducing, torque multiplying planetary gear set. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll talk about planetary gear sets, the parts that make them up, and how they work.  We'll also look at some examples taken from actual final drives and then discuss how to maintain your gearbox.



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How to Troubleshoot an Overheating Gear Box on Your Final Drive

Is your final drive gear box overheating? Is it hot to the touch, or does it steam when water comes into contact with it? That could be the sign of some serious problems that you need to investigate. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you'll learn step by step how to properly troubleshoot problems with an overheating gear box on your final drive motor.

Autopsy: Hy-Dash Final Drive Motor

A customer sent in a Hy-Dash brand final drive in for repairs. The symptoms were quite simple: the tracks on one side of the machine had been losing power and finally refused to move, so he pulled the track drive and brought it to us. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at what caused this kind of catastrophic failure and how you can avoid a similar fate.

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.






5 Reasons a Final Drive Can Lack Power

Lack of Power in Your Machinery?

Lack of power is a common complaint when a final drive or travel motor is in need of service.  It reveals itself when your machine is unable to climb a steep grade or it keeps steering to one side.  There are six potential causes behind a lack of power, and not all of them are the fault of the final drive.

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