Hydraulic Drive Motor Contamination: What You Need to Know
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May 25, 2017
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Hydraulic Drive Motor Contamination: What You Need to Know

Hydraulic contamination can be a major source of problems for hydraulic systems, including hydraulic motors and final drives.  In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to talk about the types and sources of contamination, as well as how to avoid contamination in your hydraulic systems.  This information is important for all types of […]

The Worst 3 Track Drive Mistakes Equipment Owners Make
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May 18, 2017
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The Worst 3 Track Drive Mistakes Equipment Owners Make

If you own a CTL (Compact Track Loader) or MTL (Multi-Terrain Loader), you know that your machine needs a functioning track drive motor in order to move.  These hydraulic motors are a vital part of your equipment, whether it’s an ASV compact track loader or a CAT multi-terrain loader — and they are also a commonly […]

Charge Pump Failures on CTLs and SSLs
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May 10, 2017
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Charge Pump Failures on CTLs and SSLs

In this Shop Talk Blog post, our focus is going to be on charge pump failures on compact track loaders and skid steer loaders.  We’ll be focusing on a CAT 246 skid steer hydraulic motor and brake assembly that was sent in to us for diagnosis.  We’ll also talk about how to tell if you […]

Single Speed and Dual Speed Final Drives: What You Need to Know
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May 2, 2017
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Single Speed and Dual Speed Final Drives: What You Need to Know

When it comes time to replace your drive motor, it can be hard to tell if you have a two speed or a single speed hydraulic motor.  It is very important to make sure you order the correct model the first time, so in this blog post we are going to talk about how to […]

Final Drives:  4 Important Maintenance Tasks
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April 25, 2017
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Final Drives: 4 Important Maintenance Tasks

We know that your final drive performance is very important, so we broke down its maintenance into four key tasks.  If you keep up with these maintenance tasks, you will extend the life of your drive, save money in repairs, and keep your equipment running more efficiently. Maintenance Task #1:  Checking for Leaks Leaks can […]

4 Things to Remember About Undercarriage Maintenance
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April 18, 2017
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4 Things to Remember About Undercarriage Maintenance

The undercarriage of your CTL can account for up to 50% of your O&O costs over its lifetime.  That means that maintaining your undercarriage is vital if you want to minimize costs and keep your CTL or MTL running.  We are going to discuss five simple things to remember about maintaining your undercarriage. CTL and […]

The Basics of Mini-Excavators
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April 12, 2017
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The Basics of Mini-Excavators

Mini-excavators are rather small hydraulic excavators valued primarily for their ability to maneuver and function within tight or narrow areas where larger excavators can’t.  They are a very popular piece of compact equipment and used in a variety of applications.  In this blog post, we are going to focus on the basics of mini-excavators. What […]

4 Simple Tips for Purchasing a Used Skid Steer
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April 4, 2017
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4 Simple Tips for Purchasing a Used Skid Steer

No one would argue that skid steers loaders aren’t a popular piece of equipment, known for their power and versatility.  However, not everyone that needs a skid steer can afford a new one.  In this Shop Talk blog post, we are going to discuss four useful tips to help you get started in finding a […]

Investing In Your Equipment Through Lubricants
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March 28, 2017
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Investing In Your Equipment Through Lubricants

Many compact equipment owners see lubricants just the cost of doing business, but lubricants are far more important than that.  Informed owners and operators know that the proper use of lubrication can extend the useful life of their equipment and enable that equipment to operate at peak efficiency. Lubrication and Component Failure Failure to keep […]

Traction:  Tracks versus Tires
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March 21, 2017
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Traction: Tracks versus Tires

Have you ever wondered if tires or tracks offer the best traction?  The answer to that question is not quite as simple as it might initially seem.  In this blog, we’re going to try to provide a clear answer to the question, beginning with a discussion of the coefficient of traction. Coefficient of Traction Skid […]