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  • Power Take Off Unit

    Today I’d like to cover something not all heavy-equipment has: the “power take-off” (PTO) unit. PTOs are auxiliary drives typically found in fuel trucks, drilling rigs, cement mixers, etc. Their existence eliminates the need for a s...
    • 14 Aug 2020
  • Part Two: Differential and Planetary gear units

    Last week, we covered Differential and Planetary Gear Unit types and function. This week we will cover Troubleshooting and Lubricants. Troubleshooting Troubleshooting for differential gearing is fairly simple as it revolves around noise and the abili...
    • 31 Jul 2020
  • Part One: Differential and Planetary gear units

    In our next two Tip of the Weeks we examine differential and planetary gear units, including their types, function, troubleshooting, and lubricants. The first Tip will cover gear unit types and function, and the second will cover troubleshooting and ...
    • 17 Jul 2020
  • Driveshaft Troubleshooting

    This week’s tip discusses the driveshaft, a simple component with the task of connecting various driveline components in order to transmit torque. In heavy-duty equipment this task is complicated by shaft deflection between driveline components...
    • 3 Jul 2020
  • Differences in Horsepower

    This week I’d like to go back to some basics. The other day I was reading an article about cranes and there was a section on horsepower. It dawned on me that even though it is a term we use often, it is not a term that we all really understand....
    • 12 Jun 2020
  • Off-Highway Transfer Case

    Today I’d like to look at a component people often overlook; the “transfer case.” Most off-highway equipment operates in a dirt road environment. Because of this, transmission power must be forwarded to both the rear and front axles...
    • 5 Jun 2020
  • Troubleshooting Off-Highway Transmissions

    Today I’d like to look at a component people often overlook; the “transfer case.” Most off-highway equipment operates in a dirt road environment. Because of this, transmission power must be forwarded to both the rear and front axles...
    • 15 May 2020
  • Understanding Oil Cleanliness: Implementing a plan for maintaining oil cleanliness

    As mentioned last week, cleaning oil isn’t as easy as you may think. It requires a series of steps throughout the lubricant lifecycle—including proper storage and handling, following lubricant dispensing and filtration best practices, and...
    • 24 Apr 2020