Cylinder Identification | Hydraulic and Pneumatic Cylinders

Posted by Vince Lockwood on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 12:03 PM
Vince Lockwood

A cylinder attached to your equipment has broken down and needs to be repaired or replaced. Before you can get it fixed, however, you will need to identify the type of cylinder that you have. If you’re lucky, you will be able to find a part number and other OEM information located somewhere on the cylinder body. From there, a Google search will most likely lead you to a distributor who can sell you a replacement, or at least parts to fix the broken cylinder.

Life isn’t always this simple, however. The trouble begins when the ID plate is illegible or completely absent. Wear and tear on the cylinder can affect the identifying information affixed to the cylinder. Some cylinders in low-cycle applications can be in service for decades, and there may be no one in your shop who has a clue about where to get a comparable replacement for the defective cylinder. Sometimes the manufacturer of the original cylinder has moved to another country or is no longer in business.

The question of how to fix or replace your broken cylinder has now become much more complicated than you had originally planned. You are now faced with two problems to solve: what kind of cylinder will be able to replace the old cylinder, and where do you go to get the replacement?

Usually, there is more than one manufacturer capable of making the replacement cylinder that you need. The tough part is identifying all the relevant specifications of the old cylinder, and then properly communicating them to your distributor. Luckily we have developed a tool to help you get started in just three steps:

  1. Click on a picture below that best resembles a cylinder you need to replace. You will be directed to a form.
  2. On the the form, fill out three to five clearly defined measurements (depending on the cylinder style) and your contact information
  3. One of our engineers will contact you and help you figure out the proper replacement cylinder.
Ag Tie Rod Cylinder
Ag Tie Rod
(Hydraulic Only)
Tie Rod Style C
Tie Rod, Style C
(Hydraulic or Pneumatic)
Tie Rod Style JB
Tie Rod, Style JB
(Hydraulic or Pneumatic)
Tie Rod Style DB
Tie Rod, Style DB
(Hydraulic or Pneumatic)
Tie Rod Style BB
Tie Rod, Style BB
(Hydraulic or Pneumatic)
Tie Rod Style F
Tie Rod, Style F
(Hydraulic or Pneumatic)
Round Body Style B
Round Body, Style B
(Hydraulic Only)
Round Body, Style TT
Round Body, Style TT
(Hydraulic Only)

 
Round Body, SR Style
Round Body, SR Style
(Hydraulic or Pneumatic)
Low Profile
Low Profile
(Hydraulic or Pneumatic)

 

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