Maintaining Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Hydraulic cylinders are built to withstand heavy-duty applications, rugged environments, and continuous use. However, no matter your application or equipment, hydraulic cylinders require upkeep and servicing to continue operating at a high level. Regular inspections and preventative maintenance are the best ways to maintain any hydraulic cylinder. Through these processes, you can get to know …

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How to Prevent Bent Hydraulic Cylinder Rods

Bent cylinder rods are a common source of hydraulic cylinder failure. Rods bend when they are forced out of alignment by pressurized fluid, when a load’s weight is greater than the pressurized fluid inside the cylinder, or if they are impacted by heavy objects or machinery. Bent rods can scrape the interior of the cylinder …

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Servicing Your Snap Ring Hydraulic Cylinder

Snap ring hydraulic cylinders feature a snap ring installed into a groove at the gland near the cylinder’s rod end. These snap rings retain the seal packing while keeping contamination and particulates away from the hydraulic cylinder seals. They are held in place by an end cap, rod guide, or other component part. By servicing …

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Installation of Hydraulic Cylinder Seals

Hydraulic cylinder seals are designed to keep contaminations from entering a hydraulic cylinder and stop hydraulic fluid from leaking. Many hydraulic cylinder seal configurations are available, including piston seals, rod seals, v-ring seals, and many others. Each seal is located at various points throughout the cylinder and serves specific functions. No matter their intended purpose, …

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How Do I Know It’s Time to Repair My Hydraulic Cylinders?

Hydraulic cylinders are industrial powerhouses that perform at a high level to keep your equipment operating as designed. As cylinders are an integral part of mobile and industrial machinery, it is critical to recognize when your hydraulic cylinders are broken, worn, and need repairs. Signs of Hydraulic Cylinder Wear & Damage By understanding and recognizing …

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Protect Your Hydraulic Cylinder with Grease

Cylinder rods are a critical component in any hydraulic cylinder. When rods are not given routine maintenance or if your hydraulic cylinder is only used occasionally, rods can quickly become rusted or pitted, directly affecting the efficiency of your cylinder and possibly resulting in a failure of your hydraulic system. To avoid this outcome, incorporate …

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Cleaning and Lubricating Your Hydraulic Cylinder

How to Clean and Lubricate a Hydraulic Cylinder The best way to extend the operating lifespan of your hydraulic cylinder is to ensure all rods and component parts are adequately lubricated to avoid friction and wear. Failure to do so can result in rust, pitting, and complete system failure. Cleaning and lubricating your hydraulic cylinder …

Preventative Maintenance for Your Hydraulic Cylinders

To protect your hydraulic cylinders for a long life performing at a high level, it is essential to incorporate preventative maintenance into your regular protocol. By establishing and following a strict maintenance calendar, you can create a safer work environment for operators while preventing premature hydraulic cylinder failure. Cleaning & Maintaining Hydraulic Cylinders Conducting regular …

The Different Types of Hydraulic Fluid

Hydraulic fluid helps your hydraulic system dissipate heat and transfer power, and exhibits lubricating properties that keep hydraulic cylinders and components running smoothly. These fluids can also act as a sealant and, thanks to special additives, protect your hydraulic system from contamination and damaging corrosion and wear. Each type of hydraulic oil or fluid on …

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A Guide to Repacking your Hydraulic Cylinder

Drift, fluid leaks, or changes in performance can all be signs that your hydraulic cylinder needs repacking. But don’t worry, the process is straightforward and takes less time than you might think. We take the mystery out of repacking a hydraulic cylinder by breaking down the process for you, step-by-step. Prepare the Workspace Your workspace …

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Navigating Your Hydraulic Cylinder Components

A Breakdown of Hydraulic Cylinder Components A hydraulic cylinder is primarily built inside a barrel fabricated from a seamless steel tube. The barrel is the main body of the hydraulic cylinder and holds the pressure of the cylinder inside and houses components that make up the hydraulic cylinder. Cylinder Base The cylinder base encloses the barrel …

Extending the Life of Hydraulic Cylinder Hoses

Hydraulic hoses are vital to any cylinder application, whether construction, agriculture, oil and gas, or dump trucks. Even though hoses have a rugged construction, the constant exposure to harsh work and environmental conditions makes them prone to kinking, bending, abrasion, and tears. This damage can eventually cause: Hydraulic fluid contamination System leaks Permanent damage to …

3 Reasons Why My Hydraulic Cylinder Won’t Retract

When hydraulic cylinders don’t retract, all operations come to a halt. The situation is frustrating from a maintenance standpoint and from the downtime involved in troubleshooting the issue. Understanding common problems with retracting hydraulic cylinders can help save time and even prevent the problems altogether. What Makes Single-Acting and Double-Acting Hydraulic Cylinders Retract? Knowing how …

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Hydraulic System Overheating

Whether you have a welded rod cylinder or telescopic cylinder, chances are you already know how destructive cylinder issues like fluid leaks can be. While leaks are known to cause cylinder issues, system overheating can be less obvious but just as pervasive. Hydraulic system overheating problems can be caused by different factors, including high heat …

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Why a Custom Hydraulic Cylinder is Right for You

With advanced technological software and enhanced engineering capabilities, custom hydraulic cylinders may be the best option for your mobile and industrial machinery needs. While standard cylinders can accommodate most needs, there often remain issues not addressed with standard cylinders. Design and engineering factor into how well your hydraulics can adapt and perform reliably. Custom hydraulic …

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Rebuilding a Hydraulic Cylinder

Day in and day out, you need your hydraulic cylinder to not only perform optimally but dependably as well. Downtime can cost you valuable time and money, leaving you to find the right hydraulic cylinder rebuild or repair solution fast. Rebuilding or repairing your hydraulic cylinder affords you the peace of mind knowing your cylinder …

Common Causes of Hydraulic Cylinder Failure

Hydraulic cylinder repair or replacement can throw a wrench into your productivity. Increased down time can equate to lost revenue and potentially lost jobs. When you need your hydraulics to be dependable throughout a wide range of work environments, it is necessary to understand common signs of cylinder failure. To prevent cylinder failure from occurring, …

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The Importance of Hydraulic Fluid Viscosity

So, you’ve selected the right hydraulic cylinder that meets your needs. You have the power and performance needed to withstand rigorous daily demands. To ensure your hydraulic system continues performing optimally, fluid viscosity should be a top priority for hydraulic system efficiency and performance. While hydraulic cylinder maintenance is not exactly exciting, it also ensures …

Differences between Single-Acting and Double-Acting Hydraulic Cylinders

For industrial heavy lifting packed with power, hydraulic cylinders offer you the unidirectional force needed to power your industrial equipment. Ideal for dump trailers and platform truck trailers, telescopic hydraulic cylinders provide the long stroke lengths needed for a variety of mobile applications. When deciding to purchase telescopic hydraulic cylinders, buyers are often tasked with …

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What to Consider When Choosing a Telescopic Hydraulic Cylinder

Telescopic hydraulic cylinders are ideal for applications where force space is limited. Telescopic cylinders provide extended reach, making them perfect for heavy construction machinery, dump trucks, and other industrial mobile vehicles. While it may seem simple at first, choosing and buying the right hydraulic cylinder can be a time-consuming and overwhelming. Knowing you need a …

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