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4 Mobile Hydraulic Cylinder Mistakes You May Be Making

Mobile hydraulic cylinders are made up of a number of intricate components that you need to keep properly maintained in order to ensure your equipment functions as effectively as possible. In this post, we will look at four hydraulic cylinder mistakes you could be making.

Changing the oil. It’s no secret that oil is critical to your mobile hydraulic cylinder’s function. Unlike your vehicle, there isn’t a set time or usage amount when it comes to changing your hydraulic cylinder’s oil. The oil should be regularly monitored and changed once the oil has begun degrading or additives are diminishing.

Changing the filters. As mentioned with oil changes, filter changes are not done on a schedule but should be done as soon as the dirt-holding capacity is completely used up. You should consistently monitor drops in pressure and flow restriction to know when to change your filter. While you want to make sure you’re not changing the filters too seldomly, you also want to make sure you’re not changing them too often – wasting time and money.

Improper lubricating and priming. Contrary to what some people may think, mobile hydraulic cylinders are not self-lubricating or -priming. You should make sure you are regularly priming and lubricating all components that need it. If you do not properly lubricate and prime your equipment you could do serious damage very quickly.

Overheating the system. It’s incredibly important to be aware of the amount of heat your mobile hydraulic cylinder equipment can take. In general, you should measure your oil’s viscosity. Once it reaches a level that does not allow for adequate lubrication, the equipment has gotten too hot.

If you have any questions about mobile hydraulic cylinders, do not hesitate to contact Best Metal Products in Grand Rapids today.

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