What Hydraulic Cylinder Do I Need for My Bobcat?
Replacing worn or damaged hydraulic cylinders during preventative maintenance helps prevent costly equipment downtime in the field. With so many options online, determining which replacement cylinders you should choose for your Bobcat excavator or skid-steer isn’t always easy.
Determining Your Bobcat® Hydraulic Cylinder Requirements
The type of Bobcat hydraulic cylinder parts you need depends on the equipment type, size, and application. Large and compact excavators will have different size requirements. Skid-steer loaders also come in several models, all with different hydraulic performance needs. That’s not all.
As you can tell, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to hydraulic cylinders. Knowing what to look for in terms of size, style, performance capabilities, and quality will help you find the best Bobcat replacement hydraulic cylinders for your equipment.
Understanding Different Cylinder Types on Bobcat® Equipment
There are several types of hydraulic cylinders found on Bobcat equipment. Recognizing the common name will help you quickly identify which Bobcat hydraulic cylinder replacement parts you need to purchase.
Bobcat Skid-Steer Loader Hydraulic Cylinders:
- Lift Cylinder: lifts the bucket up and down
- Tilt Cylinder: moves the bucket forward and backward
- Bob-Tach™ Cylinder: designed for Bob-Tach mounting systems
- Grapple Cylinder: designed for grapple attachments
Bobcat Excavator Hydraulic Cylinders:
- Blade Cylinder: lifts the blade attachment up and down
- Bucket Tilt (Dump) Cylinder: moves the bucket forward and backward
- Boom Cylinder: lifts the boom up and down on your equipment
- Arm Cylinder: moves the excavator arm up and down for digging
- Thumb Cylinder: designed for hydraulic thumb attachments
Locating the Part Number on Your Bobcat Hydraulic Cylinder
The easiest way to find the correct Bobcat excavator cylinder replacement parts is by part number. This number is usually stamped on the barrel of your hydraulic cylinder. Sometimes, you will need to remove a few layers of paint to see the part number clearly. Watch our video on how to remove paint from your Bobcat hydraulic cylinder without causing damage.
Measuring Your Hydraulic Cylinder Components
In cases where you cannot locate a part number, you can use measurements to find replacement excavator and skid-steer loader hydraulic cylinders. The first step is to measure the interior cylinder bore (piston) diameter. Once you have that number, you can measure the rod diameter, stroke length, and mount and port sizes.
Our cylinder measurement guide walks you through each step to ensure you get the most accurate measurements. This online welded rod cylinder worksheet is another useful tool for generating a quote based on your required measurements.
After you have the measurements, you can find an aftermarket Bobcat hydraulic cylinder that matches the size and style of your existing cylinder.
Opting for Quality Over Price Saves You More Money Down the Road
Some people are hesitant about buying aftermarket Bobcat® hydraulic cylinders from suppliers because they experienced issues in the past. This is a legitimate concern, especially if you are running multiple pieces of equipment in challenging operating conditions.
Many hydraulic cylinder manufacturers produce their products overseas or seek out cheaper suppliers, leading to lower quality cylinders. Purchasing these inferior products might save you money in the beginning, but it puts you at increased risk of equipment breakdowns in the field.
Investing in high-quality Bobcat hydraulic cylinders and parts reduces maintenance and downtime, saving you more money in the long run than less expensive, cheaply made products. Features to look for in your replacement cylinders include:
- Ductile iron head gland with buttress threads: less galled or damaged threads than cylinders with aluminum OEM glands
- Ductile iron piston with replaceable bearing: results in less wear and a longer cylinder life than cylinders with an aluminum OEM piston.
- High-quality seals: extends seal life.
- SAE or JIC flared ports: reduced chance of cylinder leaks
- USA manufactured: ensures quality in materials and manufacturing
Learn More About Buying and Installing Bobcat Replacement Hydraulic Cylinders
The experts at Hydraulic Cylinders, Inc. can help you find the right Bobcat replacement hydraulic cylinder for your excavator or skid-steer We supply USA-made Bobcat replacement hydraulic cylinders that are built to last. Browse our inventory Bobcat replacement cylinders or check out our other blog posts about Bobcat cylinders for troubleshooting assistance, product information, and more.