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Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Compact Track Loader's Final Drive

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 08, 2023 |

Compact Track Loader, Maintenance, CTL



Your CTL (Compact Track Loader) depends on the final drive motors to keep it running. When a final drive fails, costs include repair/replacement and expensive downtime. Extending the useful life of your final drives reduces downtime and repair costs, meaning a better profit margin and more productivity.


In this Shop Talk blog post, we’ll look at tips for extending the life of CTL final drives, focusing on maintenance and inspection, operating practices, and track tension and alignment.

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Hydraulic System Health: Preventive Maintenance for Compact Equipment

by Jim Strong | Oct 16, 2023 |

Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance



Preventive maintenanceensures the longevity and efficient performance of the hydraulic systems that provide power and functionality to your compact equipment. This Shop Talk Blog post reviews a checklist of routine maintenance tasks to minimize wear and tear, leaks, and other common issues.

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Maintenance and Hazardous Energy

Crushing accidents don’t just happen when someone gets run over by equipment -- they can also occur when you’re working on your equipment and don’t take hazardous energy into account.


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Basics of Skid Steer Loaders

Here's some basic information about skid steers, including how they are categorized, operating costs, maintenance, and -- of course -- final drive motors.

Fuel Costs and Compact Equipment Maintenance

by Dr McCaslin | Mar 29, 2022 |

Final Drive Maintenance, Maintenance, Efficiency


Diesel prices have been rising, and while they may seem to be going down a bit, it’s doubtful they’ll drop back down to what they were a year ago. As a result, these prices are impacting your bottom line. And while you don’t control the cost of fuel, you can make some changes that will improve the efficiency of your equipment.

Santa's Naughty List Includes Those Who Neglect Their Compact Equipment

 It's getting very close to Christmas. It might be too late to make it on Santa's good list, but here are some tips for next year. 

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How Reliable is Your Compact Equipment?

by Dr McCaslin | Dec 17, 2021 |

Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance, Reliability


Reliability measures aren’t just for big contractors -- they can be useful to one-man operations, as well. In this blog post, we'll provide a very basic introduction to reliability measures.

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Maintenance is Always Cheaper Than Repairs

by Jim Strong | Dec 09, 2021 |

Final Drive Maintenance, Maintenance


As much as we may be reluctant to perform maintenance, it's always going to be cheaper than repairs for compact equipment and the final drive motors that run them.

Here are a few other Shop Talk Blog posts that you might find helpful:

Types of Air Contamination in Hydraulics

by Dr McCaslin | Jul 07, 2021 |

Maintenance, Hydraulic Contamination


You know that the presence of metal particles or dirt in your hydraulic fluid points to some issues, but there is another form of contamination that you usually can’t see: air. And when your hydraulic system has air contamination, it can lead to some serious problems for your compact equipment (including your final drive motors).

This is the first of a multi-part series about air contamination of hydraulic fluid

Here's Part 2: Foaming Hydraulic Fluid: What You Need to Know

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Final Drive Maintenance for the New Year

New Year's resolutions, as sincere as they may be, are often not kept. However, we'd like to suggest a resolution all you equipment owners out there: maintain your final drive motors.



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