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Roads, Heavy Equipment, and Lava

by Dr McCaslin | Jun 05, 2018 |

Heavy Equipment, Disaster


We’ve seen the frightening images of glowing, molten lava making its way across homes, yards, cemeteries, schools, and neighborhood streets as the Kilauea volcano wreaks havoc and disaster in Hawaii. In this Shop Talk blog post, we are going to consider the effects of lava on roads and look at how heavy equipment is used in the resulting clean-up process.



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Interesting Facts About the Backhoe Loader

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 22, 2018 |

Heavy Equipment, Heavy Equipment 101, Backhoe


Backhoe loaders can be seen on just about every major construction site you encounter. However, while they may common, their background and features may not be so well known. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss some of the more interesting facts about the backhoe loader.

Caring for Your Equipment After a Flood

With all the flooding that took place in the Houston area this year (as well as many other places around the world), flood damage is at the forefront of many people's minds. With that in mind, here are some general guidelines to help with assessing your equipment after it has been subjected to flood waters.

Winter is Coming - Tips for Machine Owners

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 12, 2017 |

Heavy Equipment, Skid Steers, seasonal


Winter is coming -- and for many parts of the country, it feels as if winter's already here. But, as owner-operators of heavy machinery already know, winter brings a whole new set of challenges for the industry. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about a few of those challenges and some of the opportunities disguised as challenges that are waiting to be exploited.

Compact Track Loader Final Drives: 5 Signs They Need Service

There is never a convenient time to get the final drive on your CTL serviced, but servicing becomes necessary as time passes. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the signs that indicate the need for you to get your final drive serviced ASAP. Some of them are common sense, of course -- but others might not be so obvious.

5 Common Questions about Skid Steer Loaders

Skid steer loaders haven’t decreased in popularity since they first became mainstream during the 1960s. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to answer some of the Internet’s most common question about this universally popular piece of compact equipment.

Our Favorite YouTube Channels about Compact Equipment

YouTube can be a great source of information for any niche you can think of. In fact, we at Texas Final Drive have our own channel where we occasionally try to educate and entertain viewers about final drives. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to introduce you to four of the best channels we have found for accurate, informative, and interesting videos related to compact equipment.

5 Bulldozer Questions Answered

Bulldozers, also known as dozers, crawler tractors, or crawler loaders, are found on just about every mining and construction site worldwide. In this Shop Talk Blog post, our goal is to discuss answers to common questions regarding our beloved bulldozer, including the origins of the bulldozer, how they are used, how they work, and what the biggest production bulldozer looks like.

All About Ditch Witch

by Jim Strong | Oct 13, 2017 |

Heavy Equipment, Heavy Equipment 101, Ditch Witch

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Ditch Witch is a major manufacturer of directional drills, trenchers, vibratory plows, vacuum excavators, and mini skid steers, with a specialization in underground utility construction equipment. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you'll learn some interesting facts from Ditch Witch history, like how it started out in a blacksmith/machine shop, helped to birth the telecommunications industry, and received quite a few awards.

7 Key Considerations When Choosing a Skid Steer Loader

When it comes time to shop for a new skid steer loader, whether it's brand new or just new to you, the various options out there can be overwhelming -- especially if you are still relatively new to the world of compact machines. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about 7 key considerations you should make when selecting a skid steer loader.

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