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General Safety When Working with Hydraulic Cylinders, Pumps and Equipment

Working with hydraulic systems requires diligence and attention to keep all components running properly and all operators safe. Respect for the equipment is of utmost importance. Examineseparatelyevery component prior toassembling your hydraulic system. This includes the 2-stage hydraulic pump, 2-stage hydraulic cylinder, or 2-stage hydraulic pump for log splitters, if applicable. Never use broken or damaged components, and always take the time for repairs or replacements. You stay safe, and wisely save time and money in the long run.

How do 2-stage hydraulic pumps and 2-stage hydraulic cylinders work? The cylinder takes liquid power – which creates pressure—and transforms it into mechanical energy. With pressured fluid powering the rod and piston within the hydraulic cylinder, the rod and piston extend, and the reservoir oil level decreases, returning when the rod and piston draw back.

If you are operating hydraulic cylinder equipment, this is not a time to learn as you go. Operational guidelines need to be fully understood prior to workingwith the equipment. Take the time to read all warning labels and usage guidelines on your 2-way hydraulic cylinder and other parts, and remember that there is never a good reason to remove labels from your equipment – make sure all warnings and instructions are clearly posted. And of course, always wear protective goggles and appropriate clothing when operatinghydraulic cylinders and pumps.

When filling oil reservoirs, only do so when the2-way hydraulic cylinder isfully retracted, and never fill the pump beyond thesuggested level. In addition, when assembling connections with quick couplers, ensure the couplings are totally engaged and that all connections arefirmly connected and free of leakage. That said, it’s not necessary to use too muchconstricting force – that may warp the fittings.

Just remember, when working with a 2-stage hydraulic pump, 2-way cylinder, a pump for log splitters and all associated parts and implements, safety, education on proper practices, and habitual maintenance are key.