Keeping The Hydraulics On Your Equipment Operating Correctly


Just like a car, truck, or other vehicle, the equipment on your job site that runs on hydraulics needs to be maintained regularly if you expect it to operate correctly. The Systems are complex and can be hard to work with if you don't have the right tools or knowledge of them. In order to keep the equipment up and running, you may need to consider bringing a company in to work on or maintain these systems so that you are not sitting around waiting on repairs from a failed hose, cylinder, or pump.

Understanding The Systems and Components

Hydraulic systems can be a little confusing but if you break id all down to the components, it can make more sense and be easier to understand how it works. The system is made up of a pump that pushes hydraulic oil through high-pressure hoses that are attached to cylinders used to manipulate moving parts of the equipment. The cylinders are very strong and if the pump is working correctly, there are no leaks in the hose, and the seals are good on the cylinders, you can use hydraulics for many tasks such as lifting, steering, or raising and lowering extreme weight.

Maintenance of the System

Maintaining the hydraulic system in your equipment starts with regular inspection of the components. Each hose should be checked for cracking or seeping oil. The fittings need to be inspected for leaks as well. Check the entire length of the hose, especially anywhere it bends during the movement of the machine. Take a close look at the cylinders on the machine as well. The most critical point on the cylinders is the seals that surround the shiny moving shaft, call the ram. You are looking for oil seeping around that seal or excessive amounts on the cylinder itself, indicating a leak.  Finally, take a look at the pump. Check the point where the hoses enter the pump, look for leaks on it, and check any drive belts for cracking or damage.

Repairs To The Hydraulics

Because this is a closed system that pumps oil under pressure, if you have a failure of the system, you may want to have a technician come out and work on the equipment for you. The damaged component will need to be replaced and the system refilled with oil. The air must be bled out of the system of it will not function properly after the repair. In some cases, it will require special tools to properly bleed the system or to even effect the repair properly. In many cases, hoses can be made to properly fit the machine but that requires a machine shop with knowledge of hydraulics. The technician will likely know the ones that can do the work and with any luck, he will have the machine up and running in a timely manner.  

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Renting The Right Equipment For Your Project

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