Understanding different cylinder systems used in cranes

Did you know that cranes perform differently because of the hydraulic systems they have? Well, cranes are capable of generating much force that enables them to lift and carry heavy loads at the click of a button. This is because of hydraulic systems with pistons, which can change the magnitude of the force applied to a greater resulting force. When buying or hiring a crane, you can ask about its hydraulic system to help you get one that will meet your performance expectations. Here are two cylinder hydraulic systems for your consideration: 

The tie rod cylinder

A tie rod cylinder has a compact design that allows it to take up little space when it is fitted in the crane's lifting system. This is achieved by using a four tie rod system that that connects the two cylinders in the system. However, the small, compact size limits the diameter of the piston, meaning that the tie rod produces less force than that produced by cylinder systems with large piston diameters.

On the positive side, its small and compact size enables the crane to move fast when moving loads between different points. Therefore, when you have relatively heavy materials that have to be moved fast, from the ground to the upper sections of a building during construction, this is the ideal hydraulic system for you. It has good stroke length, meaning that the materials can be moved over many metres.

The tandem cylinder

You can still have a small compact crane and manage to produce more lifting capacity than that achieved by the tie rod cylinder. The tandem cylinder system has two pistons, rather than one, fitted within the same cylinder. The pressure generated is applied to the two pistons, which results in more force than that produced by the tie rod system. Since they are small and compact, cranes with the tandem cylinder system are ideal when you have to lift heavy loads within limited space at the construction site.

The mill cylinder

The mill type cylinder is a heavy duty cylinder system designed for intense work. They have a robust design, which makes them accommodate a piston with a large diameter. The large, circular pistons are thus able to generate much pressure that enables the cranes to carry heavy loads. The pressure generated by the piston also gives them long stroke lengths. However, the fact that the cylinders are large and heavy makes them slow. For what they lack in speed, the mill cylinder cranes compensate in the form of power. If you are working on tall commercial construction such as skyscrapers, cranes with the mill cylinder are ideal for you.  

Contact a hydraulic cylinder service for more information.

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Hi, my name is Landen, and over the years, I have worked in almost every aspect of construction work. Now I want to share what I know with others. If you drive heavy construction equipment, you have to be extremely careful and make sure that your equipment is safe and in good repair. If you are buying new equipment or hiring it, you also have to think critically and carefully about it. When I'm not working on this blog, you can typically find me working out on the beach, at the gym or on running trails. When I need a break, I love to watch movies.

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