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The Final Drive Repair Shop House of Mechanical Horrors

Here are some final drive motor horrors from our own shop -- with some explanations of what caused them and how you can prevent them.


And while you're here, check out these terrifying Shop Talk Blog posts from the past ...

Basics of Synthetic Hydraulic Fluid

In our last blog post, we talked about the three different categories of hydraulic fluid: petroleum-based, synthetic, and water-based. Our focus for this post will be an overview of synthetic hydraulic fluid. 

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3 Causes of Final Drive Face Seal Failure

by Dr McCaslin | May 20, 2021 |

Final Drive Motor Seals, Duo-cone Seal, Face Seal


The average life expectancy of your face seals varies from 4,000 to 12,000 hours. There are several factors at work when it comes to how long they last, and a good understanding of them will help you lengthen the life of your face seals.

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4 Horrifying Final Drive Failures

Not all final drive motor failures are equal! Some are just horrifying ...

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Winterizing Construction Equipment

It's suddenly gotten pretty cold here in Texas where we are located, but we have customers from all of the country that have to deal with cold weather issues at temperatures far lower than what we ever get. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to take a look at how to keep your equipment running in genuinely cold weather.



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Results of Hydraulic Contamination

Hydraulic contamination is a serious problem for final drive motors, and even more so for newer models that have tighter clearances. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some of the results of hydraulic contamination and how to prevent them. It's easier than you may think!


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5 Final Drive Maintenance Tips

We make money off final drives that no longer work, but we hate to see an otherwise good final drive fail because it wasn’t maintained properly. Here are five final drive maintenance tips to help you keep your final drive maintained and performing well.

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Duo Cone Face Seal Failure

You may have a final drive motor or track drive that has a Duo-cone seal (aka, floating face seal). If you do, then you probably would like to know what causes premature failure of these seals so you can make sure yours lasts as long as possible -- and that's the topic of this Shop Talk blog post.

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Typical Seals You'll Find in a Final Drive

If you’ve ever taken a final drive apart, you know that it has a ton of seals and o-rings. Each one serves an important purpose, so for this Shop Talk Blog post we decided to discuss the types of seals used in final drives. We’ll also discuss why they are important, what can happen when they fail, and hints and tips for installing them.

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Maintaining the Final Drive on Your Excavator

We know we harp on about maintenance for your final drive motors, but there's a great reason why: we know that your final drive will last years longer if you take care of it.  Repairs and replacements are not only expensive, but also lead to downtime, missed deadlines, and frustration . A few hours a year can save you a few weeks of lost time when your final drive breaks down unexpectedly! And it will break down, if you don't take care of it.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about three key tasks that can help you keep the final drive on your hydraulic excavator running efficiently .

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