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While hydraulic cylinders can have strokes that measure several feet in length, a small hydraulic cylinder has a much smaller stroke, often less than an inch in length. Read More…

Small Hydraulic Cylinders Small hydraulic cylinders serve the same purpose as standard or heavy duty hydraulic cylinders: to convert hydraulic pressure into linear force and motion.
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Cedar, MN  |  866-406-4100

Aggressive Hydraulics is a leading manufacturer and designer of custom hydraulic cylinders. Since our founding in 2002 we have assembled a team of experienced professionals and talented engineers to assist us in creating the best hydraulic cylinders on the market. The component parts we offer include cylinder heads, end caps, mounts, pistons, ports, valve blocks, and other related accessories. To learn more about our hydraulic cylinders, visit our website.

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Aggressive Hydraulics, Inc. $$$

New Philadelphia, OH  |  866-388-6744

We are a machine shop that manufactures and reconditions custom hydraulic cylinders for the OEM market. We offer cnc machining services that include internal boring. Our fluid power applications include cylinders for the construction, mobile, marine and automotive lift industries. Fast service!

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R & J Cylinder & Machine, Inc. $$$

Evansville, IN  |  800-624-4862

Perfection Hydraulics manufactures, distributes, and services hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic pumps, hydraulic valves, hydraulic gear pumps, and other hydraulic components for heavy equipment. Our products provide you with the best value available for today’s dynamic industry. With our reputation for quality and reliability, you can rely on us for your heavy duty hydraulics needs.

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Perfection Hydraulics, Inc. $$$

Lewis, KS  |  913-433-7777

CROSS Manufacturing manufactures high quality custom welded hydraulic cylinders, as well as standard, AG hydraulic cylinders for diverse markets. CROSS also provides a complete line of hydraulic components, including valves, pumps, motors, filters and adapters. You can count on us to provide you with components that are durable, dependable, and made in the USA. For more details on our products and services, contact CROSS today!

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Small hydraulic cylinders are characterized by their small size and short stroke length. Stroke length is the distance that the hydraulic piston reaches at its fully extended state, and in some cylinders such as telescopic hydraulic cylinders, the stroke length of a piston can be much longer than the size of the cylinder. Small hydraulic cylinders, like other cylinders have the same main parts: the outer cylinder barrel and the hydraulic piston and piston rod which is used to force the piston through the cylinder.

A hydraulic cylinder works because of the pressure built up by the hydraulic fluid inside the cylinder. This hydraulic fluid is typically a type of oil, or in some cylinders, water is used instead. The piston moves this liquid creating kinetic energy and pressure which is then used to create linear force. In small hydraulic cylinders, the rod gland and rod wear ring are often composed of a single part. Due to the compact size of the interior of the cylinder, there is no extra space for multiple moving parts and therefore this helps to conserve space.

The cylinder must be sealed to contain this build-up of pressure and to ensure it is directed in the area of its intended output. Furthermore, the cylinder itself must be able to withstand the pressure and therefore is commonly built of a strong and durable metal such as steel or aluminum. Although they retain all the capabilities of larger hydraulic cylinders, with less power output and range of motion, small hydraulic cylinders are typically used in applications such as military instrument construction or robotics, which require high precision.

Other uses include the steering mechanisms in domestic appliances such as lawnmowers, appliances on recreational vehicles and some waste equipment. Specialized small hydraulic cylinders are able to be designed and constructed, and can also be single acting or double acting according to the way in which the pistons move to create push and pull power, and whether or not they can extend and retract.

The piston is typically coated with a corrosion and wear resistant material such as chrome in order to ensure the longevity of the operation power. However, hydraulic systems still need to be cared for and maintained, and the hydraulic fluid may have to be replaced or refilled from time to time for optimum operating capacity.