Electric Over Hydraulic FAQ

January 9, 2024
faq hydraulic over electric guide

Q. How do you plumb a single-acting power unit to a double-acting cylinder?

A. You will need to add a vent to the top fitting or plumb the top hose back into the tank.

Q. What fluid does my power unit use?

A. You will want to use ATF Dextron. If you are topping off if the fluid is red, use ATF Dextron, and if it is clear or golden colored, use AW 32.

Q. How do I troubleshoot a non-responsive electric over hydraulic system?

A. Start by checking the electrical connections and ensuring the power source is active. Inspect the fuses and relays for any signs of damage. If the electrical components are functioning, examine the hydraulic fluid level and quality. Low or contaminated fluid can cause operational issues. Also, check for any leaks or blockages in the hydraulic lines.

Q. Can I convert my hydraulic system from manual to electric control?

A. Yes, it’s possible to convert a manual hydraulic system to electric control. This typically involves adding an electrically operated valve, a power unit, and appropriate electrical controls. However, the specifics depend on your existing system’s setup. Consulting with a hydraulic systems expert or the equipment manufacturer is advisable for a successful conversion.

Q. What are the advantages of electric over hydraulics compared to traditional hydraulic systems?

A. Electric systems offer several advantages over hydraulic systems, including improved precision and control, better energy efficiency, and, often, a more compact design. They allow for easier integration with digital control systems and can provide more consistent performance with less maintenance.

Q. How often should I service my electric over hydraulic system?

A. Regular maintenance is crucial for optimal performance. The servicing frequency depends on usage intensity and operational conditions. Generally, a thorough inspection and service are recommended at least once a year. This should include checking electrical components, fluid levels, and quality and inspecting for leaks or wear in hydraulic components.

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