Repairing the hydraulic system on your tractor can be a frustrating or expensive endeavor. However, if you are having problems with your hydraulic system it is important to repair it right away. The hydraulic system on your tractor or other heavy equipment is designed to work under very heavy loads and in severe operating conditions. Many times during operation the safety of the equipment operator or others nearby is directly related to hydraulics operating as expected. If a hydraulic system fails it could cause part of the equipment or its load to suddenly drop or move harming those nearby or the equipment. Even if your hydraulic system doesn’t fail catastrophically, even a poorly maintained hydraulic system can be a safety hazard. Operators of hydraulic machinery are well trained and often have a lot of experience using a specific kind piece of equipment. If the hydraulic system is not operating properly it can cause the equipment to move slower or faster, be jerky or otherwise move in an expected way making it not only difficult to operate, but also a safety hazard.
Maintaining your tractor hydraulics system has the same repercussions and should be a serious concern. The best way to keep your equipment in good and safe working order is to follow the preventative maintenance schedule for your particular piece of equipment provided by the manufacturer. Be sure to follow all the recommended maintenance at the proper intervals for the specific conditions and usage of your tractor or piece of equipment.
One piece of preventative maintenance is regular safety checks. These safety checks should be completed once per day, or even every time your use your tractor or hydraulic equipment. Safety checks should include things like:
- A visual inspection of all hydraulic rams for leaks or scoring
- A visual inspection of hydraulic hoses for kinks or leaks
- A visual inspection of all joints for proper lubrication and movement
- A visual inspection of hydraulic pump for leaks or blockage
- A visual inspection of all valves and controls for leaks or wear
- A visual inspection of hydraulic reservoir fluid level
Many of these safety checks will help you determine if your tractor or equipment is safe to use. Many of these checks will also help you find a leak in your hydraulic system before it becomes a significant problem. Leaking hydraulic joints, rams, pumps and hoses is one of the main concerns facing older hydraulic equipment. If these leaks are left unchecked they can quickly grow into fast leaks which lower the system pressure and cause slow or erratic behavior. Hydraulic leaks can also lead to low hydraulic fluid reservoirs which will render the equipment inoperable and possibly damage the equipment or put the operators or others in danger.
If you notice a leak in the hydraulic system on your tractor during a safety inspection you should seal it immediately. The easiest permanent solution is to add BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak to the hydraulic fluid reservoir. BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is specially formulated to be used with any hydraulic fluid. It mixes in your system and is safe to circulate with the hydraulic fluid and will not clog or harm the system in any way. BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak will restore the dried, cracked or shrunken seals to their original condition permanently sealing your leak. BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak is available in 16oz, 32oz or 1 gallon sizes. 1 gallon of BlueDevil Hydraulic Stop Leak can treat up to 20 gallons of hydraulic fluid!
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