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Hydraulic Lifting Equipment – Everything You Need To Know

June 15, 2023

The lifting and repositioning of loads can be powered by various means including hydraulic power.

Hydraulic power uses pressurised fluids such as hydraulic oil to mechanically generate power or force. Within a hydraulic system, a pump applies force to the hydraulic fluid which increases its pressure. The energy generated from this process powers the direction of the fluid through hydraulic lines or hoses to components such as cylinders, motors or actuators. 

The end result is the ability to use hydraulic energy to powerlifting equipment, machinery and other hydraulic tools. 

New to all things hydraulic lifting equipment? Here is what you need to know.

Types Of Hydraulic Lifting Equipment 

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Hydraulic jacks – Hydraulic jacks are small portable devices best known for being able to support and balance the weight of vehicles, especially during maintenance tasks. Jacks can also be used to lift machinery or other heavy objects in various locations. The system is powered by a hydraulic cylinder and a pump handle which is used to create the pressure needed to lift the load. 

Hydraulic cranes – Moving up to the larger industrial jobs and hydraulic cranes are often found in construction and engineering environments. Their components consist of a telescopic boom and a hydraulic arm, along with a grab attachment or a lifting hook. Compared with other types of cranes, hydraulic cranes can offer up more precision for operators, which can be crucial when lifting large or delicate loads.  

Hydraulic forklifts – Forklift trucks are a vehicle seen in the likes of warehouses and factories. Often, forklifts are used to reposition pallets but they can transport all manner of heavy loads. As forklifts have many dangers associated with them, hydraulic power can improve the safety credentials within the lifting mechanisms of the vehicles. 

Hydraulic platforms – Hydraulic platforms are also known as scissor lifts. Scissor lifts are used to transport personnel and equipment to different height levels within a building. Steady movement is provided by hydraulic power to ensure a safe journey when lifting and lowering. 

Hydraulic hoists – Hydraulic hoists are often used within industrial settings such as factories and warehouses. Hoists which are hydraulically powered can move loads vertically or horizontally safely and efficiently. 

Benefits Of Hydraulic Power For Lifting Equipment

  • Impressive lifting capabilities
  • Precise control overloads
  • Increased safety
  • Increased productivity
  • Suitable for a wide variety of equipment and industries
  • Durable and reliable 
  • Energy efficient 

Metreel – Material Lifting UK

Metreel is a leading UK supplier of material lifting and handling products. We’re based in Derbyshire but work on a global scale. 

Want to learn more about material handling products such as cranes, track systems, monorails, gantries and hoists? Visit our material handling page to see the solutions we have available.

If you’re keen to learn the types of power applicable to our systems (including hydraulic power) then you can find further details by viewing our product brochure page

Alternatively, if you’re ready to place an order or have any questions, please give us a call on 0115 932 7010 or email us at [email protected].