November 24, 2017
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Replacing the Final Drive off a CAT: What to Look For

Your CAT machine will hardly move, and you know its time to get that final drive hydraulic motor replaced.  You’d like to get that final drive replaced as soon as possible (you’ve got deadlines to meet, after all) and without breaking the bank.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about what you need to look for when it comes time to replace that final drive from a Caterpillar machine.

Replacement Options for Final Drives

You have some options as to how you can approach replacement the final drive hydraulic motors for your CAT skid steer or CAT MTL.  You can purchase …

  • a new final drive from your local Caterpillar dealer,
  • a new final drive through Caterpillar online,
  • a new final drive from a Rexroth distributor,
  • or a reman / rebuilt final drive.

The remanufactured (also referred to as rebuilt) final drive motors can be purchased at a considerable discount when compared to the price of a brand new final drive motor, and the savings can easily be in the thousands.  Depending on who you purchase a reman final drive from, the drive should have been restored to meet or exceed original factory specifications – which can ultimately mean even better quality than a new final drive.  Finally, don’t forget that if downtime isn’t a big or immediate issue for you, you could send in your own final drive motor to be repaired or rebuilt.


Prices and Quotes for Final Drives

Just about all companies selling final drive motors will have their prices posted online so that you can tell at a glance whether or not it will fit within your budget.  If you don’t see a price, then you might want to submit a request for quote or give them a quick call. Even if you don’t see the model you are looking for, it might be a good idea to go ahead and give them a call to see what options might still be available. Stock quantities can change daily.


Final Drive Warranties

If a company deals in Rexroth final drives and hydraulic motors, it will most likely have some type of warranty in place.  How long a warranty lasts depends on whether it is for a new or reman final drive motor.  Not all reman final drives are going to come with a warranty, so check for a warranty before you purchase one.  Most warranties for a new final drive last from 90 days to 2 years with terms that vary from dealer to dealer, although some companies offer a complicated pro-rated “lifetime” warranties.  It’s important to carefully read through that warranty to before you purchase the final drive, and keep in mind that if a warranty seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.  Finally, if you cannot find warranty information on the site, then don’t hesitate to call and ask for details.


Before you commit to purchasing a final drive motor, make sure the company you plan to order from actually has it in inventory.  You might find the cheapest option on the web, but they don’t have it in stock — and if you need that final drive right away, it could end up costing you more money because of the added downtime on your end.  If time is of the essence, give them a call to make sure they have the motor in stock before you order.  Most companies work hard to keep the most commonly used parts and motors in stock at all times, but inventory fluctuations do happen.


Shipping Final Drives

You’ll find that there are quite a few different shipping options out there for Caterpillar hydraulic final drive motors.  For smaller models that don’t require freight, free shipping may be available.  Some companies offer a flat rate shipping charge, while others will vary the charge depending on the weight and destination.  Be aware that there may also be additional charges if a large final drive is going to be shipped to a residential address.  One additional thing that you might want to keep in mind is when the final drive is going to be shipped.  Many companies will ship the same day as long as the order is received before 12 p.m., if they have the drive in stock.  Companies that keep a large inventory on hand will be more likely to ship your final drive out in a timely manner.


When the final drive on your Caterpillar skid steer or multi-terrain loader just can’t go any further, remember that you have options when it comes to replacement, beginning with whether you want a new or reman final drive.  Don’t forget to compare prices, warranties, and shipping times, and shipping costs before your commit, and always ask if you have any questions.  That said, we’d like to invite you to check out our inventory of final drive motors!

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2 Comments on "Replacing the Final Drive off a CAT: What to Look For"

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  1. Jack Huang says:

    I use Rexroth valve on my system. I’m thinking of replacement. Do you have any suggestions. Thanks.

    – Jack

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