Hydraulic cranes are incredibly useful pieces of equipment. There’s a reason they are a staple of construction, shipping, and many other industries. Unfortunately, without proper maintenance and timely repairs, a lot can go wrong with these powerful machines. This page looks at common problems that hydraulic cranes and their operators face as well as steps that can mitigate those problems.
Overview of Crane Hydraulic Systems
A hydraulic crane derives its massive power from an internal hydraulic system, as the crane manufacturer Eagle West Cranes explains. It works like this: Powered by the engine of the crane, a hydraulic pump puts pressure on the system’s fluid or oil. The oil can’t be compressed, though, so it transfers the force it is receiving to “other parts of the crane,” and the force can be sent “where it is needed to lift an object.” The hydraulic system allows for the lifting of extremely heavy items such as trucks and shipping containers, which other types of cranes are unable to handle.
Electrical failure. The failure of electrical components can cripple a crane, too. Electrical issues can hamper a crane’s hydraulic system and controls, for instance. This is another area in which frequent inspections can help.
While not all crane-related problems affect the hydraulics system, Sapphire Hydraulics can help with those that do. We serve customers in the Houston, Texas, area who are in need of hydraulic hose and cylinder repair, and we also provide parts and perform custom equipment engineering to help create the perfect equipment for unique jobs. To learn more, please contact us through this form or by calling 713-804-2817. Your free estimate will be on the way shortly!