Double Acting Hydraulic Cylinder

Monday, 23 November 2015 16:32:34 Europe/London

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Sometimes, you may need a little bit of extra help when it comes to choosing the right hydraulic cylinder for your application - a single or double acting hydraulic cylinder, welded tie rod or telescopic construction? Suitable for a marine or subsea application, or even for installation in an explosion-proof enviornment? Maybe your ideas are still on the drawing board? That’s where the Hydraulics Online technical team come in. With knowledge and expertise spanning over 60 years backed, by our ISO 9001 certification, we can give you advice and guidance to help you find the right double acting hydraulic cylinder, or any other cylinder come to that, that is best suited to your application. However, if you already know what you need then that’s great. 

If you are looking to source a standard double acting hydraulic cylinder, then you'll be pleased to know that Hydraulics Online has extensive, competitive access to manufacturers from all over the world. We're talking quality, reliable, effiicient cylinders... and we won't compromise on that.

You can view a small sample of the diverse range of cylinders that we regularly supply (including double acting hydraulic cylinders) here in our catalogue. If you simply want to find some general information on cylinders then hop over to our main website; there's lots of reference material including an article on how hydraulic cylinders work if you really want to get back to basics! 

The double acting hydraulic cylinder is more common than its single acting counterpart. It works at any angle and in almost any application where hydraulic power is needed and is typically used when an external force is not available to retract the piston or where high force is required in both directions of travel. Even with applications where gravity (or weight) can assist retraction, hydraulic pressure is often applied to control acceleration, change the rate of travel and cushion the stoppage.

Put simply, a double acting hydraulic cylinder works by having the fluid act alternately on both sides of the piston. It has a port at each end, complete with hydraulic fluid for both the retraction and extension of the piston, and is commonly found in applications where:

  • an external force cannot retract the piston;
  • high force is necessary in both directions of travel;
  • space is limited and the movement required will not allow a traditional hydraulic cylinder to extend far enough.

Travel in one direction always varies from travel in the other, all things being equal; the push action exerts more force and is slower but a greater work output is generated. The pulling action is quicker, but a reduced work output is produced.

We have plenty of  case studies that we can talk you through, or show you online on our main website, including an international refuse and waste management services company needing a bespoke 3-stage telescopic, double acting hydraulic cylinder. Importantly, so we believe, we have lots of testimonials for you to peruse to see what our customers have to say about us. 

Thanks to our extensive product and hydraulic systems knowledge, and absolute commitment to only ever supply quality products, you can be sure that our hydraulic equipment really is “fit for purpose”. So, no matter where you are in the world your brand is in safe hands. Aside from undertaking routine maintenance, you will able to “fit and forget” any equipment we supply.

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If you need any more information on double acting hydraulic cylinders, or any other type of hydraulic cylinder or equipment come to that, then we'd love to hear from you... Let us take the pressure!

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