Single Acting Hydraulic Cylinders in Grand Rapids from Best Metal Products

While double acting hydraulic cylinders delivers force in two directions, single acting hydraulic cylinders work in applications where weight, gravity or another assist force is available to move the cylinder in a single direction. Single acting hydraulic cylinders operate by hydraulic pressure actuating the rod in one direction (extend or retract) with piston and ram types available, and gravity or spring return based on your application.

Single acting hydraulic cylinders are also often less costly than double acting hydraulic cylinders. Single acting hydraulic cylinders can be mounted in any position and work for a wide range of mobile and industrial applications where hydraulic cylinders are needed.

Most commonly single acting hydraulic cylinders use fluid power to generate force in a single direction, while the weight of the load and gravity being pulled or pushed creates movement in the other direction. Single acting piston cylinders use hydraulic pressure that pushes against a sealed piston in one directions. They can also incorporate a spring to facilitate movement in one directions. This process involves hydraulic force being used to move the cylinder in one direction, which compresses the spring. In this case, the spring, rather than gravity, creates the pushback. Once there is no more pressure, the spring returns the cylinder to its resting position.

At Best Metal Products, we are the premier source for high quality, durable single acting hydraulic cylinders in Grand Rapids. If you are an OEM, know that we are the OEM choice in single acting hydraulic cylinders. Please, do not hesitate to contact us today with any questions.

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