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Best Final Drive Motor Videos on YouTube

by Jim Strong | Dec 12, 2018 |

Final drives, Videos


There are quite a few videos on YouTube about hydraulic motors and final drive motors. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ve picked five of our favorites to share with our readers. From broken final drives to simulations of what goes on inside of a radial piston hydraulic motor, we are certain you’ll find at least one of these to be interesting. Enjoy!

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Cleaning Final Drives Inside and Out

by Jim Strong | Jan 17, 2018 |

Final drives, Final drive motor


When a final drive has been pulled from a active machine, it is going to be a mess -- caked over with dirt or clay, smeared with gear oil and maybe the aftermath of a hydraulic leak, perhaps rusty in a few spots, and definitely in need of a good cleaning before it is opened up. In this Shop Talk Blog post, our topic is cleaning up that final drive inside and out. This should especially be of interest to hydraulics shops that may see quite a few final drives passing through their shop for maintenance on a regular basis.

What the Best Final Drive Pros Do (and You Should Too)

We know that some of our readers like to work on their own final drives, and some of you may work in a hydraulics or heavy equipment maintenance shop where you encounter final drives on a regular basis. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we present four tips from final drive motor pros that you can put into practice the next time you have to work on a final drive hydraulic motor.

5 Common Hydraulic Motor Questions Answered

In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the answers to five very common questions about hydraulic motors: what is a case drain, how do hydraulic motors fail, what exactly is displacement, how are hydraulic motors rated, and how does a hydraulic motor differ from a final drive?

4 Questions to Ask When Replacing a Final Drive

You're pressed for time already, and now one of your final drives has stopped your equipment in its tracks.  You need a replacement, and you need it fast.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss 4 important questions you need to ask when you are about to replace your final drive or hydraulic motor. Taking the time to get answers to these questions will save you trouble (and possibly money) in the long run.

16 Hydraulic Motor Terms You Need to Know

Dictionary Terms Related to Hydraulic Motors

Did you know that there are 7 different types of torque related to hydraulic motors?  Are you sure you know what maximum and minimum motor speed mean?  If you're interested in a review of these terms, we’ve put together this dictionary of terms related to hydraulic motors that are important for you to know.

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Technician or Mechanic? In the Heavy Equipment Industry

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 12, 2016 |

Final drives, Heavy Equipment 101


What is the Difference between Technician or Mechanic?

When someone says the word “mechanic” we usually conjure up an image of a hard-working laborer with stained, rough hands holding a wrench and wearing a dark uniform while working on an automobile or other large piece of machinery.

A "technician," on the other hand, often makes us think of an individual in a clean uniform using electronic equipment to diagnose some complex pieces of machinery. 

Very Real Dangers of Reactive Maintenance of Final Drives

Your final drive is what keeps much of your heavy equipment moving.  Without the ability to move across the ground, your equipment won’t do you very much good.  That’s why it is important to avoid having a reactive maintenance plan when it comes to this key piece of equipment.  In this article, we are going to discuss the dangers of failing to maintain a final drive and what you can do to keep it running as long as possible.


2-Phase Testing and Quality Assurance for Hydraulic Motors

Pneumatic and Final Drive Motor Testing

One of the key features of quality assurance is thorough testing of the final drives and hydraulic motors that we both repair and re-manufacture.  In this blog post we are going to outline certain aspects of our pneumatic and hydraulic testing program. 


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Most Common Failure Items on a Final Drive

Final Drive Motor Failure

There are certain items on a final drive that are more likely to fail than others.  They will cause damage to the motor, if left unchecked.  Routine maintenance of these items will not only prevent damage but greatly extend the life of the components of the final drive motor.

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