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Rabu, 11 Agustus 2010

Air, how clean is new oil - really?

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Hello again Air,

In your last hydraulic maintenance email, I corrected
a popular misbelief about the cause of cylinder creep.
A lot of people struggle with this one because it's
the exact opposite of what they've been conditioned to

Here's another great lie ...

Myth #3. New hydraulic oil is clean hydraulic oil.

New hydraulic oil straight from the drum, has a
typical cleanliness level of ISO 4406 23/21/18.

Now that number may not mean a lot to you, but it's
four cleanliness code levels below that considered
ideal for a high pressure, high performance hydraulic

Looking at it another way, a 25 GPM pump operating
continuously in hydraulic oil at 23/21/18 will
circulate 3,500 pounds of dirt to the hydraulic
system's components each year.

To add hydraulic oil, and not the dirt,
always filter new oil prior to use in a hydraulic system.

This can be accomplished by pumping the oil into the
hydraulic reservoir through the system's return filter.
The easiest way to do this is to install a tee in the
return line and attach a quick-connector to the
branch of this tee.

Attach the other half of the quick-connector to the
discharge hose of a drum pump.

When hydraulic oil needs to be added to the reservoir,
the drum pump is coupled to the return line and the oil
is pumped into the reservoir through the return filter.

As well as filtering the oil, spills are avoided and the
ingress of external contamination is prevented.

For more on these and many other hydraulics tips,
point your browser to:

Yours for better hydraulics knowledge,

Brendan Casey
Author of 'Insider Secrets to Hydraulics'; and
'Preventing Hydraulic Failures'.


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