Hydraulics 101: Learning the Basics

Hydraulics 101: Learning the Basics

It’s that time of year. We’re not talking about temperatures cooling off or football season starting back up either. We’re talking about Back to School time. You’ve probably seen the busses running their routes—they might even be messing up your morning and afternoon commute—and the displays at the local stores. While kids are heading off to school to enhance their knowledge, how about getting a little lesson yourself? Sit back and relax because school is back in session with Hydraulics 101, brought to you by Bernell Hydraulics!

What is hydraulics?

Hydraulic systems utilized compressed fluids to transfer force applied at one point to another point. Hydraulic pumps are responsible for transferring that fluid from a reservoir throughout the hydraulic system. That movement increases energy by creating more pressure. That pressure is then diverted to the motor, which provides the power.

What are the main components used in hydraulics?

While there are many components that can be used in hydraulics, there are a few main ones. The pump, valves, motor, filter, cylinders, fluid, and hoses are all crucial factors. It is important to keep in mind when it comes to hydraulics that these components come with different specifications. In fact, everything from motors to rubber hoses is spec’d to different operating pressures and temperatures and it’s important to adhere to them.

Do hydraulics need to be maintained?

Yes! Hydraulics operate quite simply when you think about to science behind them, but just like cars need their oil changed and inspections done, so do hydraulic machines. On a regular basis, you should inspect the fluid levels and filters, and if necessary replace them. You should also regularly inspect the entire system, searching for cracks, fissures, or wearing in components like the rubber hoses and valves. By doing this, you can reduce your risk of costly malfunctions and repairs down the line.

What can hydraulics do?

This is a question that has an answer that could go on for pages, but to keep it simple, hydraulics can do A LOT. In fact, hydraulics are used in many industries including agriculture, aerospace, entertainment, automobile, manufacturing, and more.

Do you need the help of Bernell Hydraulics?

Did you know that Bernell Hydraulics is the premier hydraulic service provider in Riverside, CA and the surrounding areas? We know your head might be overloaded with all of the other facts you’ve learned today, but it you remember one thing, remember that! Since 1977, we’ve been working to provide exemplary services in the hydraulic industry. Whether you need emergency hydraulic repair service or access to full lines of hydraulic components in stock, Bernell Hydraulics can deliver. We also custom build hydraulic equipment according to your specs and provide preventative maintenance services. If you are looking for the right hydraulic partner to make your life easier, contact us at 800-326-7252 today!