Category Archives: Hydraulics 101

Hydraulics Log Splitter Pump Video

Watch our log splitter pump video!

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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New Video – Hydraulics Log Splitter Valve

This our first in a series of short video installments to highlight & educate our audience on some of the basic features of hydraulic components. Today’s topic is the hydraulic log splitter valve. This video points out the port locations and the log splitter valve adjustment points.

Remember, if you are looking for how to adjust a log splitter valve, it’s clockwise to increase pressure, counter clockwise to decrease.