Hydraulic Equipment and Tools
For most heavy-lifting operations, hydraulic equipment will provide the optimal combination of utility, power, and safety. The Bishop Lifting range of hydraulic components is as comprehensive as any you’ll find, from standalone products like jacks and chain cutters, to components like pumps and cylinders which can be assembled in many configurations to accomplish just about any heavy-duty task you can imagine. Our engineers are highly experienced in finding innovative and effective solutions to tricky lifting problems using the kind of gear you see here, so if you need any help or advice when it comes to designing or assembling lifting equipment for your application, be sure to contact our team.
What are the advantages of using hydraulic equipment over alternatives such as mechanical or electrical gear? First and foremost – safety. How are hydraulic devices safer than many other types?
The operation of hydraulic cylinders involves the movement of fluid in and out of chambers in the equipment. If the power is cut, the movement ceases, and gear remains in place. This is in contrast to some other types of system, where a power failure would lead to the load dropping under gravity. A properly designed hydraulic rig is therefore a failsafe system.
Another safety factor involves protection from electrical shock. When hydraulic pumps are driven by electricity, that power passes on no further down the line. The actual mechanical elements of the system can therefore be used in demanding environments, such as in the rain, without presenting a shock risk. Hydraulic gear is also more usable than most alternatives, especially when space is tight, or complex movements are required.
Many of the same advantages apply to hydraulic tools. Anyone with experience in dealing with goods vehicles and industrial plant will appreciate how hydraulic jacks make it possible for a single operative to work on a large machine safely and conveniently. Inside a jack, hydraulic pressure is built up until it is sufficient to lift the weight of the load. In the case of a large vehicle, other systems would have to apply a constant force from an overhead position to accomplish the same task, leading to risks in terms of stability and case of failure.
In order to cut through hardened steel by mechanical means, massive leverage would be required, necessitating such large equipment that moving it would constitute a lifting operation in itself. On the other hand, hydraulic chain cutters can be handled and operated by a single person, and can even be used without a powered pump if one is not available.
Hydraulic pullers may be the best example of how hydraulic tools can be put to use. Have you ever struggled to get the lid off a jar? It isn’t because you aren’t strong enough, it’s getting sufficient grip on the jar lid that is the trick. Many pulling applications, such as stripping bearings, come down to the same thing. Hydraulic tools make it possible to apply consistent force in a controlled way, to get the job done.
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