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21May

How to Buy an Industrial Hydraulic Power Unit

Buying Industrial Hydraulic Power Units

The average person may not notice, but Hydraulic power units (HPUs) are everywhere. They are in the jacks of garages, extreme construction machines and even in fishing boats. They are available in quite a variety of sizes and styles too, which makes it essential for you know how to get the right one.

Basically, when a hydraulic power unit is needed to give some serious oomph to a single tool, you will have to ensure that you have the right sized model. What you’re looking for is a hydraulic power unit that delivers hydraulic fluid to power the tool. In some hand tools such as the ‘jaws of life’, you’ll need just half a gallon of fluid. However, in larger applications, it might be that you need up to 250 gallons. It also needs to ensure that the pressure is high enough to do the job. A jackhammer needs 1300 psi.

If you work in a machine shop, then you’ll know that trying to get one hydraulic power unit that will help with a number of applications such as sheet stampers, pipe benders and metal grinders can be a real challenge.

However, there is a solution. It’s possible to buy a custom built hydraulic manifold. This will ensure that enough flow and pressure is created to deal with the jobs that you want it to do. Each tool will receive the right amount of fluid at the correct pressure. It will be possible to reduce pressure to suit the machine through the use of automatic and manual switches.

Of course, there are other details that need to be taken into account. For example, it might be that you need to move the HPU from one area to another to use on different machines. You may also need to take into account the power consumption of your HPU and match that with the power that your shop delivers through its outlets. However, most work shop managers will be able to handle that.

If you’re looking for a bespoke hydraulic power unit solution, contact us today for a no obligation chat. 

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