Hydraulics Maintenance: The Consequence of Not Deciding

Photo credit: Stauff CorporationA hungry donkey enters a barn in search of hay. Much to his delight he discovers two, identical haystacks, each on the opposite side of the barn. The donkey stands in the middle of the barn between the two piles of hay, not knowing which one to choose. Hours go by, and then days, but he still can’t make up … Read more

One Day In the Life of a Hydraulics Go-To-Guy

The hydraulics Go-To GuyBack in 1991, the hydraulics company I was working for had supplied conversion kits to change the hydraulic piston pump on an ROV (remotely operated [submersible] vehicle) from an obsolete brand to Linde.

The kits had been supplied as an in-field replacement, so that the changeover could be done when necessary. In other words, when the existing hydraulic pump failed. … Read more

How Much Oil Should the Hydraulic Tank Contain?

how to heat hydraulic oil safelyWhen it comes to sizing a hydraulic reservoir, my motto and advice is the bigger the better. Because the greater the tank volume the longer the dwell time the oil has to give up contaminants – particles, water and perhaps most importantly, air. Size DOES matter.

The rules of thumb for reservoir size – and that’s all they are – … Read more