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Advantages of Aluminum Hydraulic Cylinders

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

Aluminum hydraulic cylinders are just like other hydraulic cylinders in hydraulic systems, where the hydraulic piston is housed inside the cylinder barrel. However, because they are aluminum they are lighter and easier to handle manually than the standard, steel cylinders.

Hydraulic cylinders, in general, can be custom made to fit just about any space and can also be manufactured from different types of metals, which have their own, specific characteristics.


Below we’ll highlight the many advantages of aluminum cylinders and give examples of standard single acting and double acting aluminum hydraulic cylinders.


How are aluminum hydraulic cylinders different?

The differences and advantages of aluminum cylinders are in their weight. Unlike heavy steel cylinders, aluminum cylinders are lightweight and perfect for applications where the weight of the hydraulic components is important. Because of their weight, aluminum hydraulic cylinders can be more easily moved or removed for maintenance, operations or substitution.


Types of aluminum hydraulic cylinders

Winshaw Hydraulic Tools offers many types of aluminum hydraulic cylinders including single acting, double acting, hollow cylinders and failsafe aluminum cylinders.


1. Single Acting Solid Aluminum Cylinders

The HAS Model single acting solid aluminum cylinder has a working pressure of 10,000 PSI (700 bar) and comes in different capacities from 35 to 121 tons. These cylinders are single acting and spring assisted return with stroke lengths from 2.01" (51 mm) to 12.01" (305 mm).

2. Single Acting Hollow Aluminum Cylinders

The HHA Model single acting, hollow aluminum cylinder has a working pressure of 10,000 PSI (700 bar) and comes in different capacities from 20 to 57 tons. These cylinders are single acting, hollow and spring assisted return with stroke lengths from 2.01" (51 mm) to 4.14" (105 mm).


3. Single Acting Failsafe Lock Ring Aluminum Cylinders

The HFA Model Single acting, failsafe, lock ring aluminum cylinders also come in a variety of capacities from 35 to 121 tons and stroke lengths of 2.01" (51 mm) to 12.01" (305 mm). However, they also have a mechanical lock ring which allows for an extended period of mechanical load hold. 4. Double Acting High Tonnage Aluminum Cylinders

Finally, the HRA Model, Double acting high tonnage aluminum cylinders also share the same working pressure, capacity, and stroke length as the single acting cylinders and come in models with 35 to 121 tons capacity with stroke lengths from 2.01" (51 mm) to 12.01" (305 mm). However the double acting design allows for greater accuracy, efficiency, and higher work output.


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Winshaw Hydraulic Tools carries a full line of hydraulic cylinders, hydraulic cylinder parts, and other products required for hydraulic systems. If you’d like to learn more about our aluminum hydraulic cylinders or any of our products, contact us today.

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