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Hydraulic vs. Mechanical Disc Brakes? Heavy Equipment Needs Both
garden tractor
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Hydraulic vs. Mechanical Disc Brakes? Heavy Equipment Needs Both

You’ll typically find two types of brakes on a piece of heavy equipment: hydraulic and mechanical. Why are both needed? Which brakes perform tasks that the other cannot? One type of brake doesn’t satisfy all the performance and safety needs of heavy equipment – both are needed in combination – yet each performs different functions. A garden tractor, for example, uses hydraulic service brakes during normal driving operations to control the vehicle; parking brakes, which are mechanical, are used to keep the vehicle stationary when needed. The chart below outlines the primary features, benefits, and characteristics of both, and how each meets the needs of heavy equipment vehicles.

How Powersports Brakes Manufacturers Can Meet Extreme Demands in Performance
blue snowmobile
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How Powersports Brakes Manufacturers Can Meet Extreme Demands in Performance

For snowmobile riders, UTV enthusiasts, and anyone else hitting the trails, the U.S. has its share of extremes in weather and terrain — and they’re some of the biggest challenges powersports vehicles face. How can you and your powersports brakes manufacturing partner ensure exceptional performance for your customers in those unrelenting environments?

The Importance of Specialized Off-Road Vehicle Brake Manufacturing
wheel loader
2 min read

The Importance of Specialized Off-Road Vehicle Brake Manufacturing

Every off-road vehicle — from riding lawn mowers to wheel loaders and everything in between — is more complex today than it was in years past. Advancements in mechanics and intricate built-in technologies put high demands on every individual component. Let’s focus on the brakes. When considering this critical subsystem, partnering with experts who specialize in it results in a superior performance than what you’d find going it alone or buying from a general parts provider. Specialization: Streamlines development and production Enables greater innovation Controls costs Adds value Here’s how.

Spring Applied Hydraulic Release Brake Actuator: 4 Benefits for the Construction Industry
bull dozer
2 min read

Spring Applied Hydraulic Release Brake Actuator: 4 Benefits for the Construction Industry

In 1990, Hayes Performance Systems patented its Spring Applied Hydraulic Release, or SAHR, brake actuator (initially called the Spring Applied/Pressure Release Emergency Brake Actuator) as a fail-safe option for construction vehicles. The SAHR has evolved over time, but has always been a remarkably reliable – and critical – component of heavy equipment braking systems. Let’s take a look at how the SAHR works, and its benefits to the construction industry.

Dry Disc Brakes vs. Wet Disc Brakes
agriculture vehicle brakes
2 min read

Dry Disc Brakes vs. Wet Disc Brakes

Brakes are brakes, right? Not exactly. Two of the most common braking systems — dry disc brakes and wet disc brakes — operate in unique ways and aren’t necessarily interchangeable. Let's explore the pros and cons of dry disc brakes and wet disc brakes, the operation of each, and their common uses. Then, you can decide the best option for your vehicle.

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