Operating heavy machinery powered by hydraulic systems can be a demanding task. These systems are incredibly powerful. But, to keep them safe and performing well, they need understanding and respect. Here at Texas Hydrostatics, we put safety first.  We want to equip you, the operator, with essential tips to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Understanding Hydraulic Systems

Familiarize yourself with the basics of hydraulic systems.  They typically consist of a hydraulic pump, which pressurizes the fluid, a hydraulic motor that converts the fluid pressure into torque, hydraulic cylinders that use the pressurized fluid to create linear motion, valves that control the flow and direction of the fluid, and interconnecting hoses and piping.

Daily Inspections

Before starting any operation, perform a thorough visual inspection of the hydraulic system. Look for any signs of leaks, loose connections, or damaged hoses.  Hydraulic leaks can pose a safety hazard, as well as reduce the efficiency of the system.  Report any abnormalities to a qualified technician for prompt attention.

Know Your Limits

Never lift more than the capacity or limits set by the equipment’s maker.  Overloading the system can cause component failures and potential safety hazards.

Be Aware of Surroundings

Always maintain a safe distance from others. Make sure the area is clear before turning on the hydraulic system. Unexpected movements due to malfunction or operator error can cause serious injuries.

Regular Maintenance

Schedule regular maintenance for your hydraulic equipment by a qualified technician. Preventative maintenance can find and fix small issues. They stop them from becoming big problems. This not only improves safety but also extends the lifespan of your equipment.

Beware of Hot Oil

Hydraulic fluid can reach extremely high temperatures during operation.  Avoid contact with hot oil to prevent burns.

Proper Training

When possible, get extra training. It should be specific to the hydraulic system of your equipment. This will enhance your understanding of its operation and proper safety protocols.

Turn it Off When Not in Use

When the equipment is not in operation, make sure the hydraulic system is turned off and properly secured. This will prevent accidental activation and potential injuries.

Contact Texas Hydrostatics

For any questions about your hydraulic system or if you suspect a malfunction, contact Texas Hydrostatics right away. Our team of highly skilled technicians is always available to diagnose and repair any hydraulic issues you may encounter. We use only the highest quality replacement parts to ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your equipment.

At Texas Hydrostatics, your safety is our top priority. By following these essential tips and partnering with us for your hydraulic repair needs, you can ensure a safe and productive work environment.