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Three Common Misuses of Hydraulic Cylinders

While, overall, hydraulic cylinders are simple to use, it’s still important to ensure those who are using them are properly trained. Misuse of a hydraulic cylinder can be dangerous because oftentimes they deal with a high amount of pressure. Misuse of equipment can lead to damaged equipment, structures, and serious injury – or even death – of the operator.

The most commonly made mistake is not providing adequate support for the amount of force that is being used. If you are lifting two tons with your hydraulic cylinder, you have to make sure the supporting structure can handle that amount. Another common mistake is side-loading a hydraulic cylinder by not having the load seated on the cylinder’s piston. If the cylinder is not level you will likely damage it, the structure, and yourself or others. You should also be careful when using torches or welding equipment near reinforced rubber hoses that are connected to your hydraulic cylinder.

What can you do to avoid misusing your hydraulic cylinder? First, you should never go under equipment that is lifted. You also need to make sure you’re always using a properly functioning hydraulic gage. If you don’t use one, you’re not sure of the amount of force you’re actually applying to it. You should also NEVER modify your hydraulic cylinder. When you modify it, it is no longer certified and can be unreliable or unsafe. You must use your hydraulic cylinder on a solid surface. Always pay close attention to your hydraulic cylinder when it’s in operation so that you can identify any problems with its operation.

At Best Metal Products, we know the importance of using hydraulic cylinders properly. Using your hydraulic cylinders improperly can cost you a lot of money in damage and also put your safety in jeopardy!

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