Choosing the Correct Mounting Option for Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Finding the proper hydraulic cylinder is important, but it’s not the only thing you have to consider for your machinery. Another important aspect to consider is how to properly mount that cylinder. The correct mounting will allow your cylinder to function properly and efficiently.

When deciding how to mount a cylinder there should be several issues to be taken into consideration. One of the most important is to consider is the cylinder’s primary function. What job does the cylinder perform? Understanding this is key to choosing the right mount.

Space constraints also play a part in deciding what type of mount should be used. People tend to gravitate toward the very common mounting configuration of a clevis or single lug. Although these are a good mounts and can be the most economical, they also consume the most amount of space in terms of length. If space is tight, a different mount might be a better consideration.

Another aspect that must be considered is the effect on the cylinder column load. Applications with long strokes utilizing typical pin mounts will not provide the required column load strength to prevent the cylinder from buckling. There are several styles that can be used in this situation. Trunnion, flange and foot mounts are just a few options. In many cases moving the mount from the base of the barrel to the front of the barrel can be the difference in providing the column strength required for the application.

When you’re choosing the proper mounting system for your hydraulic cylinders, don’t limit yourself to what’s available in a catalog. Custom mounting arrangements are available for your application-specific cylinder, and Hydraulic Cylinders, Inc. will help you find exactly the right mount for your purpose built cylinder.

Want to learn more about our purpose built cylinders and custom mounting options? Contact us today.