About Final Drive Motors
Final drive motors are typically used on excavators and other heavy equipment. A final drive motor provides the power to turn tracks, and it is made up of two components. There is the hydraulic motor, and then the gear box. Sometimes, when people use the term final drive they are actually referring to the gear box. People might also refer to the motor by different names too, like “travel motor.” Together, they can be referred to as the final drive motor. As far as we’re concerned, you can call it whatever you want. We’ve been doing this long enough that we’ll know what you’re talking about.
Dealing with Final Drive Failure
When a final drive fails, it usually ends up in damage to the internal parts, so they have to be replaced. A lot of people try to repair final drives on their own, but it’s not easy to do. No matter what, you’re probably going to remove the drive yourself, so if you do that, make sure you label everything properly, and keep track of where each hose connects.
Final Drive Repair Options
Once you have the final drive removed, you can try to fix it yourself. One of the problems with doing it yourself is that you may not be able to correctly troubleshoot the problem. It can be difficult. You don’t want to fix something, and then find out that wasn’t the source of failure. Or, if you are able to properly fix it, and it fails again, then you’re right back where you started, or worse, and you don’t have a warranty on the repairs.
Although you can buy a used final drive, the risk you run into there is getting a drive that has been rebuilt with counterfeit parts that don’t meet OEM standards. You can run into the same issue with aftermarket final drives.
Finally, you can send it to a hydraulic repair shop that specializes in final drive repair. Not only will a repair shop correctly troubleshoot the problem, it will provide you with some kind of warranty on the work. However, you have to be aware that some shops will use after-market parts to fix your drive.
Our Final Drive Repair Service
Our team has years of experience repairing all kinds of hydraulic units — final drives, pumps, motors and valves. We’ve worked on final drive units for all kinds of heavy machinery, including excavators. We recommend you send your final drive to us for proper troubleshooting and repair with genuine OEM parts. You can trust us to fix your drive correctly, and get it back to you quickly. We’re also going to provide you with a one-year warranty. Of course, you try to fix it on your own and run into trouble, you can always give us a call. And don’t worry, we can fix final drives from many brands of heavy equipment, including:
- John Deere
- New Holland
If you don’t see your brand listed here, don’t worry. We should still be able to fix it. Just let us know what brand you have when you get your free quote.