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Key Maintenance Advice For Hydraulic Cylinders

The best way to see that your equipment's hydraulic cylinders last for as long as they're supposed to is to perform routine maintenance. Then complications won't be as frequent or costly. Here are some specific maintenance steps you should perform to these hydraulic components.

Use the Appropriate Oils for Effective Lubrication

You can keep hydraulic cylinders well-lubricated over the years by giving them oil. You just need to make sure you're using the right oil products consistently that only improve hydraulic cylinder performance. 

First, start out looking for a fireproof oil to keep safety hazards at bay. Even if cylinders experience a lot of movement and subsequent heat, the oil that's around them won't be capable of catching fire and then damaging your cylinders. Also look for oils that combat corrosion, helping you make your hydraulic cylinders last a bit longer.

Address Misalignment Quickly

One potential problem you need to regularly monitor with hydraulic cylinders is misalignment. It can happen from time to time, but if you let it continue, it's going to cause uneven wear that then takes away a hydraulic cylinder's ability to last.

You'll notice misalignment right away by wear spots on hydraulic cylinders where they shouldn't be. If you spot them, stop using the equipment and make the necessary alignment issues. You may need to hire a professional contractor to reposition the cylinders and then test them, verifying there aren't any more alignment issues that could cause premature wear.

Keep the Right Amount of Extra Cylinders in Stock

You'll eventually either have to repair or rebuild hydraulic cylinders on your equipment. It happens with every type and brand of hydraulic cylinder that's ever made it through manufacturing. Still, you'll have no trouble whatsoever dealing with these events by keeping an extra amount of cylinders in stock.

You just need to know how many are appropriate. That falls on the durability of your hydraulic cylinders and how they're used with certain hydraulic machinery. If you can keep the right amount of extra hydraulic cylinders on standby, you'll never have to stop using equipment that relies on these cylinders for long.

Hydraulic cylinders have to remain in great condition for hydraulic machinery to perform. If you are able to get a handle on maintenance — seeing that the right steps are taken on a specific timeframe — these cylinders shouldn't give you chronic and stressful problems to address. 

For more information, contact a local company, like Engineered Hydraulics Inc.