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How to choose the right hydraulic oil ?

There are several types of hydraulic oils on the market. What factors should you consider when choosing your hydraulic oil?   

Hydraulic oilis a non-compressible fluid that plays a vital role in the smooth operation of hydraulic systems. In addition to its primary role in transferring powerand heat within hydraulic systems, it has a few secondary functions—contamination removal, sealing, and lubrication.

Hydraulic oil has a wide variety of applications. It powers forklifts and log splitters, allows pilots to control vital systems within aircraft, and ensures the proper functioning of hydraulic brakes on tractors and other farm equipment.

Hydraulic fluids can either be mineral (extracted from naturally occurring crude oil deposits that have undergone a refining process) or synthetic (engineered by chemical synthesis). 

The importance of choosing the right hydraulic oil

Using the right type of oilcan improve efficiency and reduce wear and tear, which means using less fuel and extending the life of your equipment.

There are three essential properties to keep in mind when choosing an oil:

  • Multigrade or monograde
  • Detergent or no detergent
  • Antiwear or no antiwear