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Why you should keep all of your hydraulic equipment up to date | September 2021

Why checking your hydraulic equipment regularly is important

When using hydraulic equipment, one of the most important things to remember is to regularly check your equipment for wear and tear to keep those using the machinery safe and to keep the cost of repairs as low as possible.
One of the most common types of hydraulic system failure is contamination from both air and water - something that is easily preventable with regular maintenance checks that will highlight such issues.

The most efficient way to keep track of these checks is to keep a record of everything that has been checked along with the date that it was last checked and the date when it next needs to be checked again. This will help to avoid any confusion as to what has been tested and when, and ensure you are complying with the necessary regulations to be able to use your hydraulic equipment.

Things to keep an eye on during a maintenance check

Maintaining your hydraulic system can be challenging with the different parts and important areas to check which is why it can be best to use a systematic approach to maintenance.

  • Some of the most important areas to check are;
  • Hydraulic fluid levels and colour
  • Breather caps
  • Pressure gauges
  • Inside the hydraulic reservoir
  • Electric drive motor
  • Proportional valves
  • Hydraulic hoses, tubings and fittings

The way you carry out maintenance will depend on the hydraulic system you have and the parts you have with it. We recommend that as you carry out your necessary checks and notice places with build up or other issues that hydraulic systems can often have. Make a note of these areas so that everyone is aware of them and can then pay closer attention to these areas.

When to replace parts of your hydraulic system

Part of the process of regular equipment maintenance is the replacement of parts when they become faulty or are beginning to cause problems within the system.

The guidelines on changing your hydraulic pump suggest that, in ideal conditions, your pump will need changing around every 20,000 hours of use and your oil will need changing every 1000 hours. To find the ideal time for part replacements, we recommend that you pay close attention to your machinery and replace it after you begin to see faults that cannot be easily repaired. If a repair costs more than a new product, it is often a better solution to replace your product.

If you have any queries concerning hydraulic equipment maintenance and replacement parts, check out our large range of products on our product page or contact us today.

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