Hydraulic Trailer Repair
Hydraulic trailers are ideal for transporting heavy cargo on the road. They are fully capable of handling heavy objects without weighing down the vehicle they’re attached to greatly. It also helps that hydraulic trailers are very easy to operate.
You can even choose from different types of these trailers. There’s likely a specific type of trailer you should choose depending on what you want to transport.
The Different Types of Hydraulic Trailers
Looking for a hydraulic trailer to use for your business operations? Listed below are some of the top options for you to consider.
Commercial Tipper Trailers
You’ll often find tipper trailers used by construction companies and farms because they are suitable for transporting heaping amounts of materials. Tipper trailers are easy to load and unload, thus making them useful for efficient operations.
These low trailers are often fixed to the vehicle, or can be towed behind certain trucks, and have the capability of being converted with hydraulic cylinders into elevated or dumping trailers for easy unloading.
Plant trailers are typically smaller than tipper trailers because they usually don’t have to carry around plenty of cargo. Instead, they are used to transport vehicles. You can commonly find plant trailers used to move smaller excavators.
Dump trailers make use of hydraulics in order to the lift the bed of the trailer from the wheel-base, allowing for easy unloading of heavy hauls.
Those gigantic vehicles you see on the highway that ferry around cars also utilize these components. Car transporters use hydraulic tilt-beds to carry the vehicles.
5 Common Causes of Hydraulic Trailer Failure
The trailer you’re using is not going to stay in prime condition forever. Different kinds of issues may affect it and alter its level of performance. Get to know those potential problems better by reading on.
- Wear and Tear
Just like any other piece of machinery, hydraulic trailers are also susceptible to wear and tear. In their case, the wear and tear could lead to holes opening up along different components of the trailer. Once those holes emerge, they could allow air to get in and change the pressure levels inside the system.
Cavitation is a byproduct of the air pressure inside the hydraulic system changing significantly. Vapor bubbles that form due to cavitation can explode inside the system. If enough of those vapor bubbles burst, they can deal serious damage to the system.
- Water Contamination
There’s a reason why water is not used as the hydraulic fluid in trailers. Water found inside the hydraulics can freeze and that can then lead to the internal components sustaining damage.
The presence of water inside the system can lead to the fluid not moving correctly.
- Hydraulic Fluid Problems
Keeping the hydraulic fluid free of water is not enough. You also have to be mindful of small particles that may fall into the fluid. Those small particles can wreak havoc inside the system.
You should also remember to check on the viscosity and level of the fluid consistently. The viscosity and the level of the fluid being off can cause the entire system to encounter difficulties.
- Human Error
The other common cause of trailer failure is simple human error. Sometimes, the wrong parts may be installed on the trailer or perhaps the incorrect type of fluid is used. It’s also possible that the person operating the trailer is putting too much strain on it unintentionally.
How Sapphire Hydraulics Can Help
Hydraulic trailers are important pieces of equipment and they must be cared for properly. Entrust their care to us at Sapphire Hydraulics if you want them to be useful to you for as long as possible. Call us today to find out how we can repair and/or improve the performance of your hydraulic trailer.