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 …

Published: August 18, 2021 Last Updated: August 18, 2021 How To Series

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 …

Published: June 9, 2021 Last Updated: June 8, 2021 How To Series ,

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 …

Published: May 26, 2021 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 Custom Hydraulic Cylinders, How To Series

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, …

Published: March 31, 2021 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series ,

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 …

Published: February 17, 2021 Last Updated: September 2, 2021 How To Series ,

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 …

Published: February 3, 2021 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series, Telescopic Cylinders

How to Choose the Right Hydraulic Cylinder

You know you need a different or new hydraulic cylinder. But where do you begin? Choosing the right hydraulic cylinder requires knowing what type of cylinder is best suited for your application requirements. It also requires understanding the size and operating factors necessary for optimal performance. Choose the Right Hydraulic Cylinder that Meets Your Needs …

How to Measure a Hydraulic Cylinder

The time has come to replace your hydraulic cylinder. Where do you begin? Correctly measuring and sizing your hydraulic cylinder can alleviate issues that can arise when replacing your cylinder. Learn about what cylinder components need to be measured and understand how to measure them correctly with our simple measurement guide. Common Measurements for Hydraulic …

Published: December 16, 2020 Last Updated: March 12, 2021 How To Series ,

How to Troubleshoot a Snow Plow Hydraulic Cylinder

It is that time of year again. Winter is here. It is unavoidable, often inciting chaos depending on how active mother nature decides to be. While you may not be able to control the weather, you can make sure your snow plow hydraulics are ready for whatever weather systems come your way. Learn how to …

When Should You Change Your Hydraulic Filters?

Routine maintenance. It sounds boring and in fact, it isn’t exactly an earth-shattering event. Regardless of how much excitement it elicits, it is also a necessary evil when properly maintaining your hydraulic system.  With its main function to remove dirt and particles from the hydraulic components. Particle contamination can wreak havoc on your system, with …

Published: November 11, 2020 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series, Hydraulic Cylinder Component Parts

Choosing a Custom Hydraulic Cylinder Manufacturer

Designing a custom hydraulic cylinder may seem like a daunting task, but with the right engineering team, you can create a hydraulic cylinder that can meet your application’s demands. Standard, general-use hydraulic cylinders are manufactured to be multi-purpose. While they may be constructed with decent materials, they may not be able to withstand the daily …

Published: October 14, 2020 Last Updated: September 8, 2021 Custom Hydraulic Cylinders, How To Series ,

How to Troubleshoot Hydraulic Cylinder Drift

High-performance and ruggedness are associated with desirable traits in a hydraulic cylinder. Meeting the industrial demands and rigors of mobile equipment work requires a performance-built, reliable hydraulic cylinder. When a hydraulic cylinder exhibits a problem, it is often due to hydraulic drift. Hydraulic drift is can result from internal leaks in piston seals, valves, or …

Published: September 30, 2020 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series ,

How to Check if Your Hydraulic System is Not Working

When a hydraulic cylinder system works optimally, pressure, power, and overall productivity work concurrently without issue. Whereas when a system falters and show increased operational issues such as high temperatures or excessive vibration, troubleshooting the problem can often create additional headaches beyond the system failure itself. Due to the inherent structure of a hydraulic system, …

Published: September 2, 2020 Last Updated: September 8, 2021 How To Series

Installing a New Hydraulic Cylinder

This how-to guide provides an overview of the steps needed for replacing a hydraulic cylinder, including prep work, removing your old cylinder, installing a new hydraulic cylinder, and important safety precautions for hydraulic cylinder replacement. Hydraulic Cylinder Installation Prep Work Before installing your new hydraulic cylinder, the first step is to create a safe workspace for …

Published: August 19, 2020 Last Updated: July 7, 2021 How To Series

Avoiding Hydraulic Fluid Contamination

With 75% to 80% of hydraulic system failures stemming from fluid contamination, the importance of avoiding hydraulic fluid contamination cannot be overstated. Keeping your hydraulic fluids contaminant-free can mean consistent, optimal system performance and lessens the chances of downtime due to hydraulic system replacement or repair. Major Hydraulic Fluid Contamination Forms Air Contamination. Commonly presented …

Temperature Stability in Hydraulic Systems

To elicit optimal hydraulic cylinder performance, it is necessary to have temperature stability through all lubricating and hydraulic fluids. Excessive heat, as well as cold temperatures, can wreak havoc on your hydraulic cylinders. Fluid viscosity and component materials can be compromised by temperature extremes within hydraulic systems. These extremes can cause performance issues and/or complete …

Published: July 21, 2020 Last Updated: June 2, 2021 How To Series

When to Replace Your Hydraulic Cylinder

The eternal question. . . replace or repair? Given enough time, money, and knowledge, any mechanical device can be repaired. Realistically, the time will come when it is no longer feasible to repair and the only practical option is replacing your hydraulic cylinder. Recognizing when to replace a hydraulic cylinder can be one of the …