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Are Final Drives, Hydraulic Motors, and Track Motors all the Same?

by Dr McCaslin | Jan 17, 2020 |

Travel Motor, Final drive motor, Swing Motor


A lot of people use terms like final drive, travel motor, track drive, and hydraulic motor interchangeably ... but are they really the same?

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The Ultimate Glossary of Terms About Hydraulic Motors

Travel motor, drive motor, wheel motor, propel motor, track drive, final drive motor -- all these terms refer to different types of hydraulic motors used to propel mobile equipment. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to review some terms related to hydraulic motors that it would be a good idea for you to know. You may know them already, but a good review is always in order.

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How to Get an Accurate Final Drive Diagnosis

When your final drive quits working, there is some information you can put together that will help a technician diagnose the problem more quickly and accurately. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at four questions you should ask before you send a final drive in for diagnosis or repair.  Answering these questions will help you obtain a more accurate diagnosis of your final drive.

Technical Summary on Eaton Track Drive Motors

More and more fleet managers are turning to Eaton track drive motors to keep their excavators and other tracked machines running efficiently. However, this brand is still somewhat new to many in the United States. We've already talked about Eaton JMV motors and why they are popular, but this blog post serves as more of a technical summary for the JMV series of Eaton track drive motors.

Effectively Cleaning a Final Drive

Love for Machinery

No technician with any love for machinery wants to open up a final drive for evaluation and find it caked in dried mud, debris, and rust.  In this article, we are going to go over our procedure for cleaning a final drive before its disassembly.

The final drives that we receive for evaluation, repair, or re-manufacturing are definitely not in like-new condition.  In fact, most of them look like this Rexroth final drive from a Bobcat T140/T180/T190.

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5 Reasons a Final Drive Can Lack Power

Lack of Power in Your Machinery?

Lack of power is a common complaint when a final drive or travel motor is in need of service.  It reveals itself when your machine is unable to climb a steep grade or it keeps steering to one side.  There are six potential causes behind a lack of power, and not all of them are the fault of the final drive.

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