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Mar 02, 2015
A Troubleshooting Lesson From The 'Coal Face'
When faced with a problem there's a natural tendency to assume a serious or complex fault is the cause. But the statistical reality is the opposite....
Feb 23, 2015
Who Fixed YOUR Bicycle?
We live in a throw away society these days. Made possible by the rise and rise of cheap manufacturing, mainly out of China. When I was a kid, a kid's....
Feb 18, 2015
Eliminate Those Hydraulic Oil Leaks
Taking steps to prevent leaks not only drastically cuts oil costs and consumption, it’s an environmental imperative—one liter of leaked oil....
Feb 16, 2015
How Efficient Are YOUR Hydraulic Machines?
There's no escaping the fact that industry is a huge consumer of energy. If peak oil and global warming are real issues -- and there's a growing body....
Feb 09, 2015
Which Hydraulic Fluid Should You Use?
Most hydraulic systems will operate satisfactorily using a variety of fluids. These include engine oil, automatic transmission fluid and oil....
Feb 02, 2015
How To Calculate Hydraulic Pump and Motor Efficiency
Despite recent advances in predictive maintenance technologies, the maintenance professional's ability to determine the remaining bearing life of a....
Jan 26, 2015
How A Small Omission Can Result In A BIG Hydraulics Maintenance Disaster
It was crystal clear to me the hydraulic pumps had failed as a result of inadequate lubrication. Further, this lubrication failure was a result of....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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Brendan Casey is a war-weary and battle-scarred veteran of the hydraulics industry.
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