Build to Order: Benton Harbor Engineering & United Hydraulics
May 15, 2019

Build to Order: Benton Harbor Engineering & United Hydraulics

Hydraulic Cylinders Inc. offers direct replacement hydraulic cylinders for both Benton Harbor Engineering & United Hydraulics. The product line includes thousands of hydraulic cylinders and service parts. If you need a replacement cylinder or a service part from either of these former hydraulic cylinder manufacturers, Hydraulic Cylinders Inc. is your premium source. This means we …

February 1, 2018

A Commitment to Excellence: Hockey and Hydraulic Cylinders

On the surface, it may seem that hockey and hydraulic cylinders don’t have much in common. One thing we share with the Charlotte Checkers is a commitment to excellence in all we do.  The Charlotte Checkers, an American Hockey League (AHL) team, give 100% in every game, and we give 100% to every customer at …

January 1, 2018

Mobile Equipment Serving Many Purposes

At Hydraulic Cylinders Inc. we work diligently to ensure the hydraulic cylinders we develop are appropriate for the intended application. In no other industry is that more evident than in the mobile construction equipment industry. From skid steer loaders, to mini excavators, you will find hydraulic cylinders doing the work in these mobile equipment vehicles, …

May 9, 2017

Inspecting Your Hydraulic Cylinder

Hydraulic Cylinders are often doing the hard work in the environments where people often can’t. This can cause additional wear and tear on the hydraulic cylinder, it’s mounts, components, and seals. Maintaining hydraulic cylinders to prevent failure, can also increase the longevity of the hydraulic cylinder and improve safety. An inspection and maintenance schedule should …

March 22, 2017

Drilling: Tough Business

Drilling into the Earth surface is a tough business. It requires a large amount of power to drill and extract valuable resources. Sturdy equipment used in drilling needs to withstand the elements and deliver consistent results. The success of a drill site relies on strong hydraulic cylinders that can deliver both power and performance while …

December 5, 2016

Global Shield – Breathing Life Into Aging Cylinders

Global concerns about hazardous “coating difference” material is on the rise.  Manufacturers are searching for an affordable, alternative, corrosion-resistant technology that exceeds the performance of Engineered Hard Chrome (EHC) or Nitride (Ni) while matching or exceeding alternative high performance coatings. Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Global Shield coating is a highly engineered proprietary technology that has the …

November 28, 2016

Using Hydraulics to Explore the Depths of the Sea

The Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is the world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology. Utilizing a combination of instruments, systems, and methods, engineers and scientists research the deep waters of the ocean. Since the first historic submersible dive in 1985, MBARI has lead the way for underwater study …

November 1, 2016

What hydraulic cylinder do I need for my dump body?

Measuring the hydraulic cylinder lift requirements for a front mount, frame type, dump body might often seem like guesswork, but it doesn’t have to be. Through a few simple calculations we can accurately determine the requirements needed to lift our fully loaded dump body, and the stroke needed to get it there. These calculations won’t …

October 4, 2016

What type of hydraulic cylinder should I use in my application?

When deciding on a hydraulic cylinder for your application, there are several design options to consider. To ensure longevity, dependability, and efficiency, the right type of engineering and manufacturing the right hydraulic cylinder for your needs is paramount. Standard, Telescopic, and Tie-Rod Cylinders Standard hydraulic cylinders are common in applications where high nominal strength and …

September 21, 2016

Navigating Your Hydraulic Cylinder Components

If you’ve been working with Hydraulics for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with all of the components involved and what their purpose is. However, if you’ve never had the experience of tearing one down, you may be missing out on how complex the engineering in these components has become to ensure precision, reliability, …

September 7, 2016

Paige Polyak: Evolution in racing

Paige Polyak knows something about Sprint Car racing. Paige has been behind the wheel since 2001, and started driving with Mike Woodring Racing in 2014. A year later, they partnered with Hydraulic Cylinders Inc. on a sponsorship that has been a win for the team, sponsor, and fans alike. Mike’s racing began in 1976, racing …

August 22, 2016

Repacking your Hydraulic Cylinder

Repacking your hydraulic cylinder doesn’t have to be a mystery. It can become a part of your standard annual preventative maintenance routine. Correct preventative maintenance will ensure you get the most life out of your hydraulic cylinders. It’s always best to ensure you have the correct parts on hand before you begin the break down …

August 1, 2016

Hydraulic Fluid Contamination: Prevention & Resolution

Did you know that 70 to 80% of all hydraulic system failures are directly related to hydraulic fluid contamination? Hydraulic fluid contamination can be caused by a variety of issues; all of which can not only contribute to poor performance, and unnecessary wear, but can also cost thousands of dollars in downtime if not addressed …

July 5, 2016

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 …

June 30, 2016

How to Use a Single-Acting Dump Truck Cylinder

Most single acting dump truck cylinders have 2 ports on the main barrel or body. One port is typically located towards the top, or plunger end. The second port is generally positioned at the other end of the cylinder near the base, or blind end. The versatility of two ports allows cylinder manufacturers to make …

June 29, 2016

Five Different Hydraulic Cylinder Types for Applications

A variety of hydraulic cylinder designs are available through Hydraulic Cylinders, Inc. Cylinder Construction Types Differences in design and manufacturing of cylinders depends primarily what the industry and application is. Each type uses a different methodology on how the end caps are attached to the cylinder barrel as well as internal nuances. Barrel and end …

June 15, 2016

Tips for Shipping Hydraulic Cylinders Safely

At Hydraulic Cylinders, Inc., we are dedicated to delivering the exact cylinder you need to get the job done. However, those cylinders won’t mean much to you if they don’t arrive safely. Proper shipping practices must be followed to guarantee safe delivery of these important parts. Here are a few things we pay attention to …

May 19, 2016

Pin Clearance for Front Mounted Hydraulic Cylinders

Telescopic cylinders on dump trucks are the norm, which is rightfully so, given that these types of cylinders offer an exceptionally long stroke from a compact unit. If a dump truck is extra large and carrying a heavy load the telescopic reach will offer a reliable solution. However, when mounting a telescopic hydraulic cylinder on …

May 11, 2016

Dump Truck Cylinder Air Bleeder Valve Innovation

Many hydraulic cylinder manufacturers have shifted to a bleederless design for dump truck cylinders. The primary advantage to this new design is to automatically purge any trapped air from the installation process. Traditional bleeder designed dump cylinders have an open plunger end which allowed the plunger to fill with oil. Any air captured in the …

March 23, 2016

Extending the Life of Hydraulic Cylinder Hoses

Hydraulic hoses are comprised of layers of material such as rubber and steel, which aid in stability and durability. Hydraulic hoses are vital to any cylinder application and therefore require proper care and maintenance. Follow these tips to extend the life of hydraulic cylinder hoses: First and foremost, wear appropriate safety equipment while working around …

March 4, 2016

How to Properly Bleed Air from a Dump Truck Cylinder

Follow the appropriate steps below to properly bleed air from a dump truck cylinder. Single-Acting or Lift Cylinder: Raise the dump body and cylinder to full extension and leave extended for several minutes to allow air to raise to the top of the cylinder. Lower the dump body and cylinder until the front of the …

February 28, 2016

Dump Truck Rollover Causes and Prevention

Dump trucks are used in a variety of industries and for many purposes. Dump trucks carry loose material such as soil, rock, or road salt. Some dump trucks are capable of carrying payloads up to 26 tons. With a capacity for high payloads, rollovers are a major consideration for dump trucks. Drivers should always obey …

February 25, 2016

What Causes a Dump Truck to Miss and Slam?

To explain what causes miss and slam during telescopic cylinder function, let’s first review the standard operation for a telescopic cylinder:  To extend the cylinder, the largest sleeve or tube moves first, then the next largest, down to the smallest sleeve or plunger. When retracting the cylinder, the smallest sleeve or plunger closes or collapses …

February 25, 2016

Top 4 Causes of Hydraulic Cylinder Failure

Listed below are the top 4 causes of cylinder failure. A proper equipment inspection, regular training, and a preventative maintenance plan can all decrease the chances of these common cylinder failures. Side loading – Side loading is the most common cause of wear and cylinder failure. A common result of side loading is cylinder misalignment, …

February 12, 2016

Preventive Maintenance for Your Hydraulic Cylinders

In order to protect your hydraulic cylinders for a long life it is important to incorporate preventative maintenance in your regular protocol.  Following a strict maintenance calendar not only insures safety for operators but also prevents premature hydraulic cylinder failure. Contamination Since most hydraulic cylinder failures are a direct result of contamination, it is critical …