Moving the World

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Found in multiple applications, hydraulic cylinders literally make our world move. They are found in our farm fields, in our factories and even under the hood of your car. How does this tool work and how does it benefit you? Here are some examples of where you can find these cylinders in your everyday life.


The cylinder is made up of a steel tube with a cap on either end. One end has a rod sticking from it and there are hydraulic cylinder seals and o rings within it to keep it from leaking. A piston connected to the rod activates it and causes the fluid inside, typically oil, to move the cylinder in a unilateral direction. This can push something up and out or, if it is connected to a cable or chain, pull it back in.

Pushing Up

Hydraulic cylinders are found on heavy machinery utilizing the scoops, forks and other accessories on the vehicle. They are used to dump the back of a dump truck and to mobilize the scoop on an excavator.

Making Things

It also is used in industrial applications to make certain parts of production equipment work. If a product needs to be lifted up to another level, the hydraulic cylinders in the machine can thrust it up to meet the next conveyor belt. It also helps plastic making equipment operate at its optimum level.

Down On the Farm

Hydraulic cylinders make agricultural life go. They are found on harvesters and loaders. They open and drop the doors on feed units instead of you operating it by hand.

Hitting the Open Waters

An unusual application for the cylinder is in shipbuilding. The tool is used in the hoists that move a piece to be put into place on the final product. They are also a component of the steering and the transportation units.

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