Summer is about road trips and visits to the beach. However, chances are that during your drive you will see at least one construction crew working along the roadside. While traffic cones and men in neon colored shirts slowing down your drive can be frustrating, you can at least appreciate the powerful machinery being used along the way. Hydraulics play a large role in construction, but that wasn’t always the case.
Before the 1960’s, construction equipment often relied on cables and winches. The bulldozers that you see pushing dirt, we actually controlled by winches and wire ropes. Backhoes and shovels were also operated via cables with clutches and some winches. Most construction equipment did not have hydraulics, which resulted in machines that were simply designed. These machines were easy to operate and repair, but not nearly as efficient as systems controlled by hydraulics.
When the 1960’s hit, there was a transition. Hydraulics began being incorporated into construction equipment, which led to a vast improvement in the capability of these machines. They were able to operate at higher pressures with tighter manufacturing tolerances. With tighter tolerances, components are more accurate and durable, which equates to long lasting, highly efficient construction machinery.
Once hydraulic equipment became standard in construction, it was a race to increase efficiencies even more and create more highly functioning machines. In the 1960’s when hydraulics first started being used, the standard operating pressure ranged from 2,000 to 2,500 psi. After decades of advancement, most machines operate in the range of 5,000 to 6,000 psi. With the increase in smart technology machines have also gotten more intelligent. They are able to be controlled remotely and even run automatic diagnostics. While the construction equipment flashing by your window on the way to the beach might seem rough and un-skilled, there is actually a highly accurate hydraulic system operating with precision that would surprise you.
Though hydraulics play a large role in construction, Bernell Hydraulics does not just offer assistance with hydraulic construction equipment. No matter what application your hydraulic machinery is used in, we can diagnose and repair any problem. It doesn’t matter how large or small the problem is, Bernell Hydraulics offers 24/7 emergency repair services to limit your downtime and lost revenues. With the summer upon us, it’s essential to get your equipment back up and running as quickly as possible. We have technicians on-call year round, ready to jet out to your job site to get things running smoothly again. Bernell Hydraulics also has in-stock inventory in our four locations throughout Southern California, so you won’t need to wait days for parts to be delivered. If you need hydraulic repair in Southern California, give us a call at 800-326-7252.