When you need to move a heavy load, or to keep something in a specific position for a long period of time, you will want a hydraulic system to help. These systems work by pumping fluid into a sealed shaft in order to push a piston out and hold it there until the fluid is released back into the holding chamber. There are many ways to use these systems, from theater to assembly lines, and a couple of ways to build your own.
The Right Parts
The first thing you will need to build your hydraulic system is a bit of planning. You will want to know what kinds of loads you are pushing, how long you need the piston to stay extended at any given time and what types of pressure you are looking for. This can help you get the right pumps, high pressure hydraulic shaft seals and other parts you need for the system.
The Right Plans
Once you initial planning phase is done, it is time to look at various building plans to see which one fits your needs the best. You can find video and blog tutorials online to get you started and then tweak the final product for your specific use.
The Right Knowledge
The more you know about hydraulic systems, the easier it will be to design and build your own. It will also be easier to maintain if you know some basics because you will be able to design the system for easier maintenance as well as know where the wear-and-tear is likely to happen.
With the right parts, plans and knowledge, you can build and maintain your own hydraulic systems for everything from manufacturing companies to cosplay props. This allows you to have the system set up to your specifications as well as know how to maintain and repair it better.