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Bobcat Mini Excavator Final Drive Motor Removal

Do you own or operate a Bobcat mini-excavator? How much do you know about removing the track drive motor?  Well, in this Shop Talk Blog post we are going to review the steps involved in removing the drive motor safely and easily.

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Common Problem on CAT Excavator Hydraulic Motor (Secret Tip Video)

Do you know what the most common problem is for CAT excavator hydraulic motors? That's the topic of this Shop Talk Blog post, where we'll not only talk about the problem but how you can prevent it and save money in the process.


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.

Short History of New Holland

by Dr McCaslin | Feb 08, 2018 |

Heavy Equipment 101, New Holland


New Holland is a well-known brand in both the agricultural and construction markets. In construction sites around the world, you can find backhoe loaders, compact crawler excavators, crawler dozers, crawler excavators, graders, skid steer loaders, and wheel loaders brandishing the bold mark of New Holland. If you live in a more agricultural area, you'll often see New Holland tractors, spreaders, combines, headers, and utility vehicles working on farms and ranches. New Holland is a brand that has truly permeated the heavy machinery industry, and is an interesting study for the history of heavy equipment manufacturers.

Common Questions about Tractors

by Jim Strong | Jan 25, 2018 |

Heavy Equipment 101, Tractor


In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to address some of the most commonly asked questions about tractors -- some serious, some not so much. Do you know why the rear tires on a tractor are so large? How about what tractor was used on the television show Green Acres? What tractor is the largest in the world? Read on to find out!

Hydraulic Motors vs Electrical Motors: Why Hydraulic Wins

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 18, 2018 |

Heavy Equipment 101


While both electric and hydraulic motors are used on construction equipment, hydraulic motors appear more common. In this Shop Talk Blog post, you’ll learn how electric and hydraulic motors compare when used for construction and mining equipment and why, ultimately, hydraulic motors are usually the first choice.

Got Gehl?

Gehl is a well known manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment.  Their impressive product lineup includes skid steer loaders, track loaders, articulated loaders, compact excavators, asphalt pavers, and telescopic handlers. Today, Gehl equipment is a common sight on work sites across the US -- but how much do you know about its history? In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to journey back through the history of Gehl and learn how it grew to be a leader in compact and heavy equipment.

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.

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.

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.

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