How to Remove Bobcat Lift Cylinders
Hydraulic lift cylinders are used to raise and lower buckets and other attachments by moving your Bobcat equipment’s arms. While regularly scheduled maintenance can prolong the lifespan of your Bobcat’s hydraulic cylinders, the time will eventually come when you need to remove the double-acting lift cylinder from your Bobcat to repair or replace it.
What to Do Before Removing a Double-Acting Bobcat Lift Cylinder
Removing a Bobcat lift cylinder is a straightforward process, but a certain amount of preparation should be completed before starting. Always:
- Consult your manufacturer’s manual to find instructions specific to your Bobcat.
- Ensure you’ve selected the right repair components or replacement hydraulic cylinder for your Bobcat
- Prepare a clean, organized, and safe work area before removing your Bobcat lift cylinder.
- Lubricate all necessary cylinder components, including visible parts of the piston rod, eye bearings, and others.
- Power down your hydraulic Bobcat equipment and check to make sure it is completely inactive.
- Gather all necessary tools.
Required Tools for Removing Hydraulic Cylinders
The exact tools you need may vary depending on if you are repairing or replacing your hydraulic cylinder. However, most lift cylinder removal can be completed with:
- Wrenches and pliers for removing nuts, bolts, and other fasteners
- Hydraulic jack for supporting the hydraulic cylinder during disassembly
- Seal drivers for removing or installing seals
Steps for Removing a Lift Cylinder from Bobcat Equipment
Removing lift cylinders from Bobcat equipment is critical for repairing or replacing worn or damaged hydraulic cylinders. Follow this guide to remove a double-acting hydraulic cylinder safely and efficiently:
- Using lines, chain hoists, or cranes, lock your Bobcat equipment in place. This will prevent movement and lower risk while removing your lift cylinder.
- Check the hydraulic cylinder is completely depressurized and measure the hydraulic cylinder assembly.
- Using lifting equipment that can manage the weight and load of your specific cylinder, take the hydraulic cylinder into a support position.
- Detach all hoses and other hydraulic components attaching the cylinder to your Bobcat machinery. At all steps, be sure to protect the now-open connection holes of the cylinders and at the end of the hoses.
- Dismount the cylinder supports and lower the cylinder carefully.
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