Frequently Asked Questions About Hydraulic Cylinders

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Each industry or trade has different levels of specialization. For example, within the field of carpentry, there are some people who construct houses, some who make furniture, and some who build cabinets. Our team at Dalton Hydraulic specializes in hydraulic cylinders, which may seem like a narrow specialization at first. However, hydraulic cylinders come in a wide variety of sizes and configurations, and they’re utilized in so many applications that it’s essential for us to understand the nuances of these tools.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hydraulic Cylinders

In this article, our team would like to go over a few of our most frequently asked questions about hydraulic cylinders.

  • What’s the difference between single- and double-acting hydraulic cylinders? Some hydraulic cylinders are single-acting, meaning they have just one port, which is located at the cap end. These cylinders can only fill with fluid from that side. Double-acting hydraulic cylinders, on the other hand, have a port on each end, so either side can be filled with fluid.
  • How do I figure out which replacement cylinder I need? If one of your hydraulic cylinders breaks and needs to be replaced, you will need to know the bore, rod, and stroke measurements to find the right model to replace it. In addition, you will need to know the flow and pressure requirements for your application. Our team can help you figure out all these numbers and identify the correct cylinder model for your needs.
  • What causes hydraulic cylinders to fail? Many factors can cause hydraulic cylinders to fail, but some common issues include contaminated hydraulic fluid, damage to the rod, and cylinder misalignment.