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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.

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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How Bearing Lubrication Can Go Wrong

by Dr McCaslin | Aug 11, 2021 |

Gear oil, bearings, Lubrication


Most of the time, when we think of issues with final drive bearings, we think about having too little gear oil or maybe not changing it often enough. You might be surprised by some of the other ways that lubrication can cause some serious problems for your final drive bearings--especially those in the planetary hub.

Here are a few other blog posts you might find useful:

How Lubrication Extends the Life of Your Final Drive Motors

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 22, 2021 |

Gear oil, Lubrication, Wear


If you want to get the most value out of your equipment, lubrication is key.


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Wear and Your Final Drive Motor

by Dr McCaslin | Apr 02, 2021 |

Contamination, Lubrication, Wear


Wear can have a big impact on the life and performance of your final drive motor, but there are certain ways to minimize that impact.

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Revisiting the Topic of Gear Oil

Gear oil is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to making your final drive motor last. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about gear oil for final drives.

Grease vs Oil, Or Why You Don't Put Grease in Your Final Drive Motor

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 08, 2019 |

Gear oil, Final Drive Problem, Lubrication, Grease


Some owners/operators see grease as a quick solution to a leaking seal, especially when it comes to a gear hub that is leaking oil. This is not a good temporary solution, much less a long-term solution. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’ll explain why grease is not a solution to a leaking seal on a final drive gear hub -- and throw in an infographic for good measure!

Basics of Grease

by Dr McCaslin | Aug 29, 2018 |

Lubrication, Grease


In this Shop Talk Blog, our focus is going to be on the basics of grease as a lubricant. We’ll try to answer some of the most common questions about grease, such as what it is, what it does, and where it is used. We’ll also talk about shear thinning and whether you can substitute grease for oil.

Here are some additional blog posts you might be interested in ...

Final Drive Lubrication and Contamination

You may have a good understanding of why contamination is bad for your hydraulic system, but did you know it’s just as bad for the planetary side of your final drive motor? Experts agree that lubrication contamination is the number one cause of machinery failure. Dirt, sand, and other abrasive particles can get inside your final drive gearbox and do tremendous damage. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss why contaminated gear oil is a problem, what the results of it are, and how you can minimize it.


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