Hydraulic tools are likely among the most expensive items in your toolbox. If you can avoid having to repair or replace them often, you’ll be much better off. Here we will discuss how to do this by establishing a preventive maintenance program, rather than a corrective maintenance program. While the latter can never be avoided entirely, proper care can keep hydraulic tools working, reduce downtime, and extend tool life.
Right on Schedule
The easiest, but not the most obvious way to keep hydraulic tools working is by scheduling annual (or bi-annual for more frequently used items) inspection of your hydraulic pump, lines, and tools. This is going to be a more involved inspection than the daily clean up and visual once over. If a hydraulic filter comes into play, change it. If there are cracks or breaks in the lines, go ahead and replace them in order to avoid catastrophic failure in the future.
If the tools, such as hydraulic cylinders, aren’t pressure testing at the appropriate levels, schedule hydraulic cylinder repairs. While you’re at it, make sure to check the overall tool calibration. In doing so, you are the one in charge of your downtime, and you get to avoid costly failures and accidents.
Cleanliness is Vital
An effective way to keep hydraulic tools working is by keeping them clean. It is also part of the basic tool training every technician should know. You might, or might not be surprised at how a simple wipe down of the tool at both the beginning and end of the working day can keep hydraulic tools working. In addition to cleaning the tool itself, you should make it a point to thoroughly wipe off all connection points prior to attaching them to the coupler. Make sure that coupler is cleaned on a regular basis as well. Doing this, and checking any seals for cracks, cuts or tears, should help to limit the risk of contaminants making their way into the sensitive components of your tool.
One helpful tip here concerning cleaning: never use metal brushes to clean your tools. It may seem like stiff bristles would be more effective at loosening caked on dirt, grease, and they are, but they are also really good at scoring your hydraulic tool in tiny, imperceptible places that will eventually make a welcome home to that same dirt and debris you sought to metal brush to destroy. Oh, and those tiny hard bristles, well they have been known to make their way inside the system wreak havoc. It can be a double edge sword.
For further insight into how to keep hydraulic tools working, or for information regarding tool repair, calibration or training, contact Florida Precision Tool today for a free consultation. Our team is dedicated to providing the best tool services in Tampa, Florida.