Primary Cause of Radial Piston Motor Failure
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November 16, 2017
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Primary Cause of Radial Piston Motor Failure

Here at Final Drive Parts, we tend to get quite a few radial piston motors (many belonging to CAT CTLs) — and we’ve noticed a definite pattern of failure.  In this week’s Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to discuss the primary mode of failure for radial piston motors and explain how easily this kind […]

Minimizing the Operating Costs for Skid Steer Loaders
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November 10, 2017
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Minimizing the Operating Costs for Skid Steer Loaders

Your skid steer loader is no doubt a key part of the work you do. While operating costs can’t be avoided, they can be reduced through some regular practices. In this week’s Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to look at some techniques and tips that can help decrease your skid steer operating costs.

5 Awesome Resources for Those Interested in Compact Equipment
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November 3, 2017
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5 Awesome Resources for Those Interested in Compact Equipment

Whether you are new to compact equipment or like to stay up-to-date on industry news, there are certain resources that in our experience we have found extremely helpful.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we’d like to share our five favorite resources with you.  We trust you will find them as helpful as we have. […]

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How to Blow Off a Final Drive Cover Plate
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October 27, 2017
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How to Blow Off a Final Drive Cover Plate

Imagine you are just doing your job, moving some dirt with your compact track loader, when you hear a boom and some grinding noises.  You shut everything down and realize that one of your final drives is missing its cover plate.  One of the other guys finds it about twenty or more feet away.  How […]

Skid Steer Loaders on the Farm
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October 20, 2017
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Skid Steer Loaders on the Farm

Skid steers are often associated with construction-type applications, but they have their roots in farming and remain indispensable machines on farms of all sizes.  Their history began with a turkey breeder that needed to keep his two-story barn clean, and from there they’ve become the go-to machine for hundreds of different applications.  In this Shop […]

Four Interesting Facts About the Design of Final Drives
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October 13, 2017
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Four Interesting Facts About the Design of Final Drives

Final drives and hydraulic motors are an impressive feat of engineering, and to support that statement, here are four fascinating facts about the design of final drives.  Sorry — just had to get a little nerdy this time!

Eliminating External Causes for Final Drive Failure
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October 5, 2017
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Eliminating External Causes for Final Drive Failure

There are times when what we think is a problem with the final drive actually has another cause.  If this is the case, then it only makes sense that replacing the final won’t fix the problem and may result in damage to the replacement.  In this week’s Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to […]

4 Things to Consider when Replacing a Hydraulic Pump
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September 29, 2017
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4 Things to Consider when Replacing a Hydraulic Pump

The primary hydrostatic pump is what keeps your equipment moving. Without the hydraulic flow and pressure provided by the pump, it can’t move even if everything else is working all right.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, our topic is four things you should consider when it comes time to replace your hydraulic pump.

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 […]