Common Types of Hydraulic Cylinders

Hydraulic cylinders come in a variety of designs and constructions depending on their intended application. Pressurized hydraulic fluid is used to power the linear action of the cylinders, allowing them to act like 'muscles' -- extending, contracting, and locking. Cylinders consist of a cylinder barrel with a cylinder bottom (or "cap end") sealing off [...]

Featured Brand Friday: Meritor

Since its founding over 110 years ago, Meritor has built a long history of innovation, efficiency, and reliability. Meritor is currently a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Meritor's history begins with the founding of Timken Detroit [...]

Parts of an Engine Cooling System

Function of an Engine Cooling System Engine cooling systems are essential in maintaining the efficiency and longevity of a truck's engine. Cooling systems serve to mitigate the heat generated by combustion as well as to increase efficiencies such as fuel economy and horsepower. Cooling systems not only keep engine components from overheating, but also [...]

John Deere Aftermarket Parts at Iron Wing Sales

Iron Wing Sales now carries a line of OEM-quality aftermarket parts for John Deere Excavators, Dozers, Skidders, Backhoes, Wheel Loaders, and Forestry Equipment. Our aftermarket parts are designed and manufactured to match OEM specifications for proper fit and function. Aftermarket parts are manufactured in the USA following strict quality standards and all [...]

Powertrain, Drivetrain, Driveline: What’s the Difference?

Powertrain, Drivetrain, and Driveline You may have heard the terms "powertrain" and "drivetrain" (and sometimes even "driveline") used interchangeably. While these are all related to the fundamental operations that move or "drive" a vehicle, they are not exactly the same. Driveline - Includes components such as the driveshaft, differential(s), transfer [...]

A Guide to Aerial Lifts

What are Aerial Lifts? Before discussing the uses and classifications of aerial lifts, let's start by defining them. Aerial lifts are defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as "machines/devices intended for moving persons, tools, and material to working positions, consisting of at least a work platform with controls, an extending [...]

Common Types of Forestry Equipment

Common Types of Forestry Equipment Foresters and loggers utilize many different pieces of equipment in order to cut and process trees. In this post we will discuss some of the basic types of equipment most commonly used in forestry and logging applications. Feller Bunchers Feller bunchers are used in both thinnings and clearcuts to grab, cut, and [...]

Common Types of Mining Equipment

Types of Mining There are a variety of machines used in the mining industry to drill, blast, hoist, and haul materials. The machinery used depends on the material being extracted, the environment, and the method of mining. Before discussing the equipment most commonly used in mining operations, let's discuss the different types of mining. There are two [...]

Cab-Over v.s. Conventional Trucks: What’s the Difference?

What's the Difference? There are two varieties of trucks typically seen on the road: cab-over and conventional. Cab-over trucks (also called cab over engine) have a flat front end with the cab sitting above or in front of the truck's front axle. Conventional trucks more resemble a car, with a hooded extension containing the engine in front of the cab, [...]

Heavy Equipment Undercarriage Maintenance Tips

What is an Undercarriage? An undercarriage is the supporting frame under the body of a vehicle. Cars, trucks, and heavy equipment all have undercarriages responsible for keeping the vehicle stable. When talking about heavy equipment, undercarriage also refers to the track system propelling the machine. There are different types, such as steel [...]
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