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Jan 19, 2015

How Little Leaks Keep Hydraulic Equipment Users Poor

It's now more important than ever to ensure that every dollar spent on operating and maintaining hydraulic equipment is a dollar well spent....More
Jan 12, 2015

Hydraulic Oil Contamination: How Its 'Cure' Can Be Worse Than The Disease

Given that removing contaminants from the oil to extend hydraulic component life is the primary objective of filtration, it is a paradox for filters....More
Jan 05, 2015

From The Go-To Guy Chronicles: Un-common Sense and The Spectator Mentality

Last week I had cause to study a machine's technical manual. I'm not sure whether it was lack of care in the original authorship or in the....More
Dec 15, 2014

The Importance of Making A List... And Checking It Twice

In a recent accident investigation I was involved in, a man was riding unrestrained on the forks of a forklift. While at height, the forks dropped....More
Dec 08, 2014

From the Guy-To-Guy's Creed: You Can't Break What's Already Broken

Queensland is a huge and relatively sparsely populated state. A broken down grader is stuck in the middle of nowhere. Nearest town 200 miles away....More
Dec 01, 2014

A Simple Way To Avoid 'Infant Mortality' Of Hydraulic Components

A new client, a hydraulic repairer, consulted me about the failure of one of their piston pump rebuilds. The pump was not installed by them, but when....More
Nov 24, 2014

The RIGHT Way To Do Offline Filtration On Hydraulic Systems

Water or particulate contamination doesn't normally necessitate a hydraulic oil change. These contaminants can be filtered out. But offline....More
Nov 17, 2014

How to Avoid Hydraulic Accumulator Failure

There are a couple of things which should be checked when a bladder or diaphragm accumulator fails. The first is compression ratio. If the bladder or....More
Nov 10, 2014

Hydraulic Equipment Reliability: Who's Responsible?

In many respects the conflict between machine maker and machine owner is a classic duality - similar to that which exits between labor and capital:....More
Nov 03, 2014

The Difference Between A Quick Fix And A Band-Aid Solution

Last week I had a conversation with an old client who's been having a long-running battle with the manufacturer of a hydraulic machine he bought 3-....More
Oct 27, 2014

Hydraulic Conductor Face Off: Hose vs Tube

What do lifting chains, bladder-type accumulators and hydraulic hoses all have in common? Well, they typically have only one mode of failure - and....More
Oct 20, 2014

Who DO you trust with YOUR hydraulic machine?

"I'm an owner/operator of a small concrete pumping business. We have 12 years experience operating concrete pumps but limited knowledge of hydraulics....More
Oct 13, 2014

Is YOUR Hydraulic Machine A 'Leaker'?

According to an article by hose manufacturer Gates, it is estimated that 370 million liters of oil leak from hydraulic equipment each year. This is a....More
Oct 06, 2014

How to Heat Hydraulic Oil - Without 'Cracking' It

A recent client was carrying out major service work on an industrial hydraulic power unit. While cleaning out the hydraulic tank his technicians....More
Sep 29, 2014

The Key to Understanding - And Troubleshooting - Hydraulic Cylinder Drift

A simulation video which explains what happens when the piston-seal on a double-acting hydraulic cylinder leaks, and it becomes a displacement....More
What's Hydraulics At Work?

Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry.

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