Working With A Hydraulic Shop To Repair Your Heavy Equipment

The hydraulic systems used on heavy equipment can range from steering systems to those used to raise and lower the bucket on a loader, the forks on a forklift, or control the blade on a bulldozer or grader. These systems are critical to the operation of the unit, so when they fail, you need to good hydraulic shop to help you get the machine up and running again. 

Hydraulic Repair

When you need some help with the hydraulic system on your equipment, you can take the parts off and take them to a hydraulic shop for repair. If you know the issue is the hydraulic pump taking it off the machine and dropping it off at the hydraulic shop makes sense. If you are not sure what is wrong, you may need someone to come and diagnose the problem.

Many hydraulic shops offer mobile repair for heavy equipment because it is typically too large to move when not running. The tech that comes out will assess the situation and either make repairs or remove the parts that need repairs and take them to the shop. Once the repairs are complete, they will come back to the job site and install the parts and bleed the hydraulic system for you.  

Most of the valves and the pump in the hydraulic system can be rebuilt and put back on the equipment. Sometimes, however, there is damage that is only visible once the parts are disassembled. The hydraulic shop will clean up the parts to get a better look at them and tear down the assemblies to determine if they can be rebuilt or if replacing them is the only choice.

Hydraulic Hoses

If a hose in the hydraulic system fails unexpectedly and you can't find a replacement nearby, the hydraulic repair shop may be able to make one for you. Take the hose off the machine and take it to the shop in your area. They will look at the material it is made from, the hose size, and the fittings on it and determine if they can make a replacement.

Most hydraulic hoses are similar in size and pressure rating, so most hydraulic shops carry the parts to make new hoses from scratch. The process does not take long, and in most cases, you get get a new hose in a day or two. 

If you do not have an equipment dealer in your area, it can be faster to have the hose custom made than to order one, and the cost of the hose is sometimes less expensive than if you ordered a branded replacement. When the hose is assembled correctly, it will often last as long as the premade hoses you buy from a dealer. 

For more information, contact a machine shop in your area.