Flushing the Hydraulic System
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September 21, 2017
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Flushing the Hydraulic System

Replacing hydraulic fluid is simply draining old fluid and adding new fluid.  Flushing the entire system, on the other hand, is much more thorough as it flushes out both contaminants and old fluid. In an ideal world, a hydraulic system would never need to be flushed.  However, machines operate in the real world.  Since there […]

Caterpillar, High Drives, and Integrated Gear Reduction Systems
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September 15, 2017
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Caterpillar, High Drives, and Integrated Gear Reduction Systems

The drive sprocket is set high (elevated above the ground line) on many tracked machines like CTLs and bulldozers. The reasoning behind that design choice is the topic of this Shop Talk Blog post. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of this design as well as how it led to hydraulic motors with an integrated […]

Mechanic or Technician: Is There a Difference?
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September 5, 2017
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Mechanic or Technician: Is There a Difference?

Is there a difference between a mechanic and technician? The purpose of this blog post is to explore that question in the context of the heavy equipment industry.  What do you think?   Typical Interpretation When someone says the word “mechanic” we picture a hard-working laborer with stained hands holding a wrench and working on […]

Hurricane Harvey
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September 1, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has ravaged the Gulf Coast, leaving massive destruction and flooding in its wake. Very little separated those who were flooded and those who were not. In some areas, the recovery has already begun — though many areas are still under water and may continue to be for weeks to come. Our own offices […]

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Radial Piston versus Axial Piston Hydraulic Motors
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August 22, 2017
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Radial Piston versus Axial Piston Hydraulic Motors

You can’t have a final drive motor without a hydraulic motor.  While there are many different types of hydraulic motors, the primary ones used for travel motors and track drives are going to be either radial piston hydraulic motors or axial piston hydraulic motors.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss […]

5 CAT Facts for the Caterpillar Enthusiast
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August 17, 2017
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5 CAT Facts for the Caterpillar Enthusiast

Caterpillar, often referred to as just CAT, is another one of the major brands of heavy equipment that is popular here in the United States.  It has been around for over one hundred years, and any company with a history that long is bound to have some interesting facts and trivia.  In this Shop Talk […]

Replacing a Final Drive:  Do You Know What to Ask?
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July 15, 2017
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Replacing a Final Drive: Do You Know What to Ask?

You’re facing an already tight deadline when you machine stops dead in its tracks:  the final drive has gone out.  You need a replacement, and are fairly certain you have tracked down the exact drive motor you need.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at 4 important questions you need […]

How Much Do You Know About Komatsu?
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July 5, 2017
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How Much Do You Know About Komatsu?

Komatsu is right behind Caterpillar in the list of the world’s largest manufacturers of mining and construction equipment. As with any massive company, there is always some interesting trivia involved in its history. This Shop Talk Blog post takes a look at some interesting tidbits of trivia about this leader in heavy, compact, and off-road […]

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Does Your Skid Steer Drive Motor Need Service?
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June 30, 2017
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Does Your Skid Steer Drive Motor Need Service?

The hydraulic drive motors on your skid steer are the key to keeping it functional, and when they go out everything comes to stop.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about five signs you skid steer final drive motor is in need of service — before it fails! Sign #1:  […]

Rebuilt Final Drive Motors and Reman Final Drive Motors
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June 23, 2017
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Rebuilt Final Drive Motors and Reman Final Drive Motors

Reman / Rebuilt Final Drive Motors When your final drive or hydraulic motor fails, you have some options as to what to do next:  get it repaired, get it rebuilt, get it re-manufactured, or buy a new one.   Here at Final Drive Parts, we offer reman/rebuilt final drive motors.  Our standards of quality are high, […]