FAQs

What hours are you open?
Monday through Friday, from 7:30am until 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until noon we’re open to the public. We take normal holidays off so our employees can be with their families. Having said all that, we are still available 7x24x365 for emergencies. Call 800-922-4154 if you need help right away!
What if I need help after hours for an emergency?
We are available 7x24x365 for emergencies. Call 800-922-4154 if you need help right away!
Do you have a machine shop?
Yes. In our machine shop, we have gap bed lathes with turning capacities up to 23 5/8” swing over the bed, 32 ¼” swing over the gap, 115” between centers and over 4” spindle bore. Tube lengths up to 39’ have been machined. Additional facilities include a Bridgeport universal mill with 32” x 9” bed, a surface grinder with 10” x 5” capacity table and a Scotchman 40 ton punch press.
Do you provide field service?
Absolutely. And not to just go detach a cylinder and bring it back to our shop. Our trained technicians are equipped with test equipment and special tooling for on site troubleshooting, plant commissioning and general assessment of customers’ plant and equipment. Our vehicles are specially equipped with tools and cranes to remove cylinders, pumps, etc., from machines on site after testing and bring them to the workshop for further inspection and repair. Vehicles also have equipment for cutting, welding, and hose and tube manufacture.

Our mobile workshops are equipped with gas and electric welding, tube bending, hose making, generators and a full range of tools for on site inspections, routine maintenance, breakdowns, machine installations and preventive maintenance. These mobile units are fitted out with all the amenities required to carry out the tasks allotted.

Do you provide maintenance contracts?
We currently provide onsite preventive maintenance (PM) contracts that guarantee that we will have the personnel onsite for scheduled maintenance. We are also developing a more comprehensive approach that will cover all hydraulics in a manner that one monthly fee covers all maintenance. Period. If you are interested in this approach, not having to go outside of your budget for repairs. Rather, have them built in so you can control your budget, contact us. You would be on the ground-floor of this ‘firs in the industry’ approach to guaranteed uptime.
Do you provide welding services?
Yes. Our welding facilities are all portable for in house or on site use. They include MIG, TIG, electric arc, gas and braze with air arc and thermal lance cutting abilities. Materials include steel alloys, stainless steel and non ferrous metals. Metal cutting capacities include up to ¾” with plasma, 4” thick with gas and 6’ thick with thermal lance.
What design services do you offer?
Whether you are designing a factory floor that includes customized hydraulically-powered systems, re-evaluating optimal operation of existing legacy equipment or determining what characteristics a hydraulic power unit requires to meet both performance and OSHA standards, we have you covered. Contact us and we can become part of your team as a subcontractor to your clients, or help you directly to increase performance and reduce risk.
Can you estimate the cost to do the repair?

Yes we can. And so can you! The very same tool we use to give estimates we’ve made available to our customers. We did this so you don’t have to wait until we’re open to get an idea of the costs. If you’d like to give it a try, you can click here to access it. Of course, if you prefer, you can simply give us a call and we’ll help you right over the phone.

What information is needed to get an estimate for a cylinder repair?
Since you most likely already know from what machine the cylinder is part of, as well as your own zip code (two necessary pieces of information), you need to know just three things:

(1) the diameter of the cylinder rod,
(2) the diameter of the cylinder barrel (ID or OD) and
(3) the overall length of the cylinder, when completely compressed, from the outermost edge of the pin eye to the outer edge of the clevis.
Armed with these three things, you can call us to give you an estimate, or you can do it yourself by clicking here.

What information is needed to get an estimate for a telescopic cylinder repair?
Since you most likely already know from what machine the cylinder is part of, as well as your own zip code (two necessary pieces of information), you need to know just five things:

(1) if it is single or double acting,
(2) the number of stages (from 2 – 7),
(3) the diameter of the cylinder rod,
(4) the diameter of the cylinder barrel (ID or OD),
(5) the overall length of the cylinder, when completely compressed, from the outermost edge of the pin eye to the outer edge of the clevis.

Armed with these five things, you can call us to give you an estimate, or you can do it yourself by clicking here.

What information is needed to get an estimate for a pump or motor repair?
In order to get an estimate of a repair for your pump or motor, all you need to know are two things besides your zip code:

(1) the brand (e.g. “Bosch-Rexroth), and
(2) the model (e.g. “A10FM56”)

With these two pieces of information, you can call us to give you an estimate, or you can do it yourself by clicking here.

What information is needed to get an estimate for a hose assembly?
In order to get an estimate of a repair for your hose assembly, all you need to know are three things besides your zip code:

(1) the size (e.g. “12 ( 3/4″, .750 )”),
(2) the type (e.g. “Medium ( 2250psi )”), and
(3) the hose length (in either mm or in inches)

With these three pieces of information, you can call us to give you an estimate, or you can do it yourself by clicking here.

What can I expect when I bring in a component to be repaired?
When our customers have components that break down or start to malfunction, we have specialized equipment to test, dismantle, repair, rebuild and test to specification. These components include the whole range of pneumatic and hydraulic machinery such as cylinders, pumps, motors, valves and accessories. Cylinders include the NFPA style tie rod, the welded mill type, telescopic, OEM and custom.

The repair process can utilize replacement parts from the original manufacturer, new parts manufactured in our own machine shop, honing and polishing cylinders and rods, machining new cylinders and rods from our extensive inventory of precision ground chrome bar and DOM tube in inch and metric sizes. New parts made here will have the benefits of the latest technology and materials to help extend the item’s service life.

Our lapping table enables us to repair pumps and motors. Other dedicated equipment ensures correct reassembly and testing to the original manufacturers specifications. Special tooling made here helps us deal with very large and awkward items such as shears, presses and cranes.

What are the characteristics of your High Pressure Hoses offering?
Our inventory includes reinforced rubber hose with 1, 2, 4 and 6 wire braids and wraps for pressures up to 6,000 psi in sizes from ¼” internal diameter up to 2” internal diameter. ¼” and 3/8” internal diameter hose is available up to 10,000 psi and higher pressure hose is ordered as needed.
What are the characteristics of your High Pressure Tubing offering?
Steel tube is kept in stock for mobile and industrial equipment to carry fluids such as water, chemicals, synthetic, biodegradable and hydraulic oils. These tubes can carry extremely high pressures and they are available in sizes from 3/16” outside diameter up to 1½” outside diameter. Oversize or odd sizes can be specially ordered.
What are the characteristics of your Low Pressure Hoses offering?
A variety of hose and fittings is available for vacuum, suction and low pressures in rubber reinforced with one and two wire or rayon braids for a wide selection of fluids. Nylon and rubber tubing is also stocked for pneumatic and vacuum duties. Specialized hose can be ordered in extra large sizes and materials to suit specific chemicals.

Carbon steel, stainless steel and brass fittings are stocked in all the standard sizes and hose assemblies can be made to order.

What are the characteristics of your Automotive Hose and Tubing offering?
The Tubes n’ Hoses division uses specially made bending and forming machinery to manufacture custom steel tubes and flexible hoses for the automotive market. These are suited especially for air conditioning units, fuel injection systems, brake lines, clutches, power steering and air brake lines. The BrakeQuip brand of flexible brake and clutch hose components is also stocked here. To complete the automotive section, hose assemblies using Teflon covered with stainless steel braid can also be manufactured. Also, we are a master distributor for BrakeQuip
What is a hydraulic power unit (HPU)?

Hydraulic Power Units are the main driving components of hydraulic systems. Consisting mainly of a motor, a reservoir and a hydraulic pump, these units can generate a tremendous amount of power to drive most any kind of hydraulic ram. Hydraulic Power Units are based on Pascal’s law of physics, drawing their power from ratios of area and pressure.

 
Hydraulic Power Units are used in a wide range of applications, including:
  • Machine Tools
  • Automation
  • Meat Processing Machinery
  • Mobile Equipment
  • Aerospace Test Equipment
  • Rolling Mill Machinery
  • Material Handling
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Paper Mill Machinery
  • Government/Military
  • Oil Field
  • Oil Spill Clean Up Equipment
  • Industrial Process
  • Marine Equipment
  • Construction Equipment
  • Theatrical & Production Equipment
Hydraulic Power Units can generally be used in any application that requires heavy and systematic lifting or other requirements for the repeated use of powerful and directional force.
What are some of the most common, everyday uses for Hydraulic Power Units?
Drive past any construction site and you’re likely to see some kind of heavy construction machine, be it a bull dozer, an excavator or even a skidsteer. All of these machines rely on hydraulic power units to do their work. Fisherman rely on hydraulic power units to lift their nets and pots. Your auto mechanic uses a hydraulic power unit to lift your car high enough to walk around beneath it and make repairs. The Jaws of Life, a tool that has saved many lives in auto accidents, relies on a hydraulic power unit for its incredible cutting power. Farmers use hydraulic-driven machinery to tend and harvest their crops. The garbage truck that picks up your trash uses a hydraulic power unit to compact the garbage it collects. Your favorite amusement park ride probably utilizes hydraulics to lift you high and fast into the air and give you a soft, safe landing. Remember when you stepped on the brakes to avoid that last small animal that ran out into the road? Modern auto braking systems rely on the power of hydraulics.
In which industries have you provided hydraulic power units (HPUs)?
We’ve provided HPUs for use in a wide range of applications, including:

♦ Machine Tools
♦ Automation
♦ Meat Processing Machinery
♦ Mobile Equipment
♦ Aerospace Test Equipment
♦ Rolling Mill Machinery
♦ Material Handling
♦ Agricultural Equipment
♦ Paper Mill Machinery
♦ Government/Military
♦ Oil Field
♦ Oil Spill Clean Up Equipment
♦ Industrial Process
♦ Marine Equipment
♦ Construction Equipment
♦ Theatrical & Production Equipment
HPUs can generally be used in any application that requires heavy and systematic lifting or other requirements for the repeated use of powerful and directional force.

Which brand of hydraulic power units (HPUs) do you carry?
We carry our own brand from Advance Motion Control (AMC) which can typically ship in 2-3 days. We have four standard configurations:

(1) VT-Series
(2) V-Series
(3) J-Series
(4) H-Series

If you would like, you may download our brochure. Or, contact us to discuss a specific application you have in mind.

Which brands of hydraulic pumps and motors do you carry?
We carry Duplomatic, Prince, Honor, Nachi, and Hartmann.
Which brands of hydraulic valves do you carry?
We carry Duplomatic, Northman, Honor, and Prince.
Which brands of hydraulic hoses and fittings do you carry?
We carry NRP Jones (made in the USA).
Which brands of hydraulic filters and accessories do you carry?
We carry Stauff, UHI, Magnaloy, and Daman.
Which brands of hydraulic reservoirs do you carry?
We carry Hydro-Craft and Trilex.
Which brands of hydraulic cylinders do you carry?
We carry Yates, Aggressive, and Prince.
Which brands of hydraulic seals and seal kits do you carry?
We carry Hercules and Alleghany.
Which brands of accumulators do you carry?
We carry Tobul, Stauff, and GPM Controls.
Which brands of heat exchangers do you carry?
We carry American Industrial, UHI, and Thermal Transfer.
Which brands of cartridge valves do you carry?
We carry Hydraforce and Sun.
Which brands of manifolds and subplates do you carry?
We carry Daman.
Which brands of gear boxes do you carry?
We carry Rexroth and Fairfield.
Which brands of electric motors do you carry?
We carry WorldWide Electric, Lesson, ABB-Baldor, and Hyundai Electric.
Which brands of hydraulic oils and greases do you carry?
We carry Texaco, Chevron, and Shell.
Which brands of pneumatic valves do you carry?
We carry Rexroth-Aventics.
Which brands of pneumatic cylinders do you carry?
We carry Rexroth-Aventics and Yates.
Which brands of filters, regulators, and accessories do you carry?
We carry Rexroth-Aventics, Adaconn, and Inserta.
Which types of hoses do you provide?
Essentially, flexible hoses for mobile and industrial equipment to carry fluids such as water, chemicals, synthetic, biodegradable and hydraulic oils. This includes:

♦ High Pressure Hoses,
♦ High Pressure Tubing,
♦ Low Pressure Hoses, and
♦ Automotive Hose and Tubing.

What is the difference between a pump and a motor?
A pump converts rotational force on its shaft into pressurized oil to supply hydraulic components. Example: electric or gas motor turns pump shaft, pump supplies oil to a cylinder. Pumps generally have a large suction port and a smaller pressure port.

A hydraulic motor converts pressurized oil to one of its ports into rotational force on its shaft. Motors generally have equal size ports.

Pumps and motors sometimes look alike. A major difference is the shaft seal. The low pressure suction chamber of a pump provides an ideal place to drain pressure away from the inside of the seal. So most pumps have very low pressure shaft seals. Hydraulic motors usually require higher pressure shaft seals.

What’s the difference between a single and a double acting cylinder?
A single acting cylinder only provides force one way (most snow plow and telescopic cylinders are single acting). A double acting cylinder provides force when extending and retracting.
How does a displacement cylinder work?
In a displacement (single acting) cylinder the rod is extended by flowing pressurized oil behind the rod, which forces the rod out of the barrel like a piston. Once the pressure is released, the load on the cylinder retracts the rod. The diameter of the rod is the effective piston area.
How much force and speed will my cylinder have?
Force (lbs) is determined by multiplying the area of the piston by the pressure (PSI): (π x r2 x PSI)
Speed (sec. per stroke) is determined by the volume of the cylinder (gal.) divided by the volume of the pump (GPM) x 60 sec per min: ( Vcyl ÷ GPM x 60)
Contact us to see how we can help you.