Maintaining Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Hydraulic cylinders are very simple and provide us with solutions to run our equipment and operate at full capacity. You do not want your equipment to fail when you need it the most. Below are our steps to maintaining your hydraulic cylinder:

  • A common reason for hydraulic cylinder failure is having contaminated oil in the cylinder. High-efficiency filters in your hydraulic system are a great way to ensure the oil entering the cylinder is clean. Make sure to check your filter regularly to prevent clogging and also to prevent debris from travelling inside the cylinder.
    It is important to inspect your hydraulic cylinder before each use and develop a regular maintenance plan.
  • Exposing your cylinder to heavy moisture can lead to corrosion which can be the downfall of your entire hydraulic system. Rod corrosion can lead to damage of the seal. If possible, it is best to have a few cylinders to rotate, so that you can clean and maintain your cylinders effectively. When a cylinder is in pieces, it is a great time to replace all seals. Also, take a look at the internal surfaces in the cylinder to observe for any unusual wear.
  • The brackets, clevises, and other connections are just as important as the cylinder itself. You should monitor these joints and observe for wear which can lead to misalignment in your cylinder. If you find that there is uneven wear on your rod, it is most likely caused by misalignment. If there is a load on one side only, it’s going to accelerate the wearing of the seals, bearing and of course, the rod itself. Misalignment can affect the whole cylinder and cause significant damage.
  • When storing your hydraulic cylinder it is best that it is kept in a cool, dry area. As easy as it is to leave your cylinder outside, it is better to keep it indoors with the rod fully retracted. Plug all service ports with steel plugs rather than plastic.

For more information on hydraulic cylinder maintenance, we suggest visiting or reviewing the product literature provided with any cylinder purchased. We hope you found this post informative, please check back for new postings.

Hydraulics Log Splitter Pump Video

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In this Episode, our lovely hydraulics girl takes you through the key features of our 2-stage high-low log splitter pumps. She first details teh 22 & 28 GPM High-flow pumps and then then the 11,13 & 16 gpm pumps.

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What is Hydraulics?

What is hydraulics and what does it mean to me? Hydraulics is a huge part of all of our lives. Hydraulics? Yes, seriously. You may think of hydraulics about as often as you think of thermonuclear fusion, but whether or not we realize it, on a daily basis many of the items we use either utilize hydraulics to function, or they were made by machines which operate using hydraulics.

Pascal's hydraulic principle

Bramah’s press was based on Pascal’s hydraulic principle.

How about a little history? Way back in 1795, just a few short years before the internet was invented, Jospeh Bramah was granted a patent for his new invention: the hydraulic press. This was the very beginning of hydraulics as an application of industry, and Bramah’s model is still widely used.

Okay, so what is hydraulics? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, hydraulics is “a branch of science that deals with practical applications (as the transmission of energy or the effects of flow) of liquid (as water) in motion.” Theory is all well and good, but practically applying this to its everyday uses is where the rubber meets the road, and that takes place within hydraulic systems.

In layman’s terms, hydraulics and hydraulics systems are about applying force at a certain point which is transmitted as energy from that point to another via an incompressible fluid of some kind. This fluid can be a type of oil or a synthetic fluid, depending upon the application. The pressurization of this fluid allows this energy’s power to operate various devices or types of machinery.

Okay, so what types of machinery, you ask? Well, here’s an application of hydraulics which might not readily come to mind: a garbage truck press. The sheer volume of garbage that goes into these trucks must be compacted, and a large hydraulic press makes that possible. Whether a rear or side loading truck, hydraulic pressure is created and using a moving plate or shovel it compresses the garbage against a moving wall. “Pack-on-the-go” hydraulics allows drivers to compact the garbage while driving, reducing route times and allowing greater efficiency.

So, next time the question, “What is hydraulics?” comes up, you will be the go-to guy (or gal, as the case may be). Next time, we’ll take a closer look at hydraulic systems and how they work, just like the one that keeps your neighborhood garbage-free.

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