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Hydraulic Distributors' Latest Projects & News

At Hydraulic Distributors no two weeks are the same. Whether it’s completing maintenance on a super yacht, repairing a crane truck, sourcing an obsolete motor, or designing custom hydraulic solutions for our customers, we are always working on something interesting. Keep up to date with all our latest projects and updates.


Waste bin truck cylinder repair

In the workshop during December we repaired a waste bin truck by removing both marelle cylinders and correcting their lengths. First the team disassembled and measured both cylinders, finding that [...]

Pump repair on bitumen crack sealing machine

Recently our team got to work fault finding on a hydraulic pump that was not working on a bitumen crack sealing machine. First, we tested the pump for operation and found the drive plate and coupli [...]

Holiday Trading Hours 2022

December 5, 2022  •  News

The end of the year is almost upon us and it's that time once again to share our holiday trading hours. We are pleased to advise that our workshop and sales office will be open until 5pm [...]

Hoist repairs on bulk carrier in Western Australia

Late last Tuesday we received a call to attend our customer’s bulk carrier in Kwinana Western Australia. By Wednesday Warren and Blake were in WA ready to carry out repairs to 4 Mitsubishi deck [...]

3 Fast Facts About Seal Kits

November 8, 2022  •  Blog

Inside of your hydraulic cylinders there are several seals that perform important functions. These include keeping your cylinders working efficiently, and protecting internal components from being dam [...]

System repairs on Bonfiglioli metal chopper

During October our technicians have been repairing a Bonfiglioli SQ2000 HS metal chopper. The equipment had been experiencing overheating due to poor design that was providing insufficient coolin [...]

Emergency check valve repairs aboard super yacht

During September Warren travelled to Cabarita to inspect and rectify a defect in the steering on our customer’s super yacht. After some troubleshooting, he found that the service check valves we [...]

Work Day 2022 with the Western Sydney Wanderers FC

September 6, 2022  •  News

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Western Sydney Wanderers FC players Terry Antonis and Daniel Wilmering as Hydraulic Distributors employees for a day. Some of the work duties they co [...]

7 Things You Should Know About O-Rings

August 30, 2022  •  Blog

An o-ring is a torus (doughnut) shaped ring that is used to prevent leakage of fluids and gases by filling a clearance gap between two hard surfaces. If you work with industrial machinery, chances a [...]

Mortuary scissor lift repairs

We often say it, but no two weeks are the same in our workshop. Recently our team worked to repair a scissor lift used to transfer coffins safely and respectfully within a mortuary. The scissor lif [...]

Does cheaper hydraulic oil do the same job?

June 21, 2022  •  Blog

Hydraulic fluid has many roles in the smooth operation of a well-balanced and designed system. The foremost role would be that systems demand lubrication to function dependably, and therefore the [...]

Bin lid lifting kit powered by cordless drill

In early 2022 our team designed a bin lift system that can be driven using a cordless drill. Our customer’s specification was that there is no power available on site, so thinking laterally our [...]

Autopilot steering on LNG tanker in Singapore

In 2014 we designed the autopilot steering on a LNG tanker in Singapore with the aim that it would remain failure-free with standard maintenance.  The system was design with Lloyd class approv [...]

Servicing deck cranes and supplying obsolete Brevini motor on cargo ship

A prime example of HD delivering when it comes to obsolete and difficult to obtain hydraulic parts. Earlier in the year we serviced a crane on our customer’s cargo ship whilst it was docked i [...]

Can a needle sized fluid injection injury lead to amputation?

April 26, 2022  •  Blog

Something everyone who works on or near hydraulic machines needs to be aware of are fluid injection injuries. The root cause of fluid injection injuries are pin-hole leaks in high-pressure hose, wh [...]

Beat The Heat: 3 Reasons You Might Experience High Fluid Temperature

February 8, 2022  •  Blog

When hydraulic fluids and lubricants are exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time, the fluids will begin to experience permanent deterioration and a major reduction in viscosity. T [...]

2021 Holiday Trading Hours

November 30, 2021  •  News

We are pleased to advise that our workshop and sales office will be open until 2pm on Friday 24th December 2021, reopening again in the new year at 8am on Tuesday 4th of January 2022. [...]

Hydraulic pump on service stand workshop

Six Reasons Your Hydraulic Pump Is Making Abnormal Noises

November 9, 2021  •  Blog

Everybody likes a quiet pump – it just does its job and doesn’t break down often. Although a noisy pump is often attributed to cavitation, not every abnormal noise suggests a pump is suffe [...]

Amusement Park Roller Coaster

What does Disneyland and a Hydraulic Cylinder have in common?

September 21, 2021  •  Blog

When you visit an amusement park you probably aren’t giving much thought to hydraulic cylinders. While you focus on having fun, hydraulic cylinders are hard at work, controlling the rides, provi [...]

Why is my Machine Leaking Hydraulic Fluid? 8 Common Reasons You Experience an Internal or External Leak

August 30, 2021  •  Blog

When it comes to hydraulic leaks it rarely rains, it pours. And even when a leak may seem minor, it can lead to excessive maintenance and operational costs, poor performance, a lack of reliability and [...]

7 Tips For Restarting a Hydraulic Pump After an Extended Shutoff Period

July 13, 2021  •  Blog

We are all aware of the importance of regular use in the maintenance of mechanical parts. It’s the reason we run the engine and air conditioning in a car every 2-3 weeks when a vehicle is going [...]

3 Considerations When Replacing a Hydraulic Cylinder

May 31, 2021  •  Blog

Hydraulic cylinders can be found in almost every industry, ranging from the food and beverage to marine shipping and construction. Replacing a cylinder may seem like the first option to prev [...]

Navy Sea Port in Harbour

Service Spotlight: Marine Hydraulic Repairs

May 3, 2021  •  Blog

Hydraulic systems are used throughout the marine industry, from winches on the deck to rudders for steering, automation and control systems, deck equipment, and critical valve systems. These powerful [...]

Hydraulic oil flush

Does your Hydraulic Oil Require a Change or Flush

April 6, 2021  •  Blog

NOTE: The advice provided in this article is not intended to supplement the services of a professional. The rigors of switching hydraulic oils may not be appropriate for the average hydraulic equipmen [...]

13 Preventative Maintenance Tasks To Minimise Component Failings

February 23, 2021  •  Blog

The basic foundation to perform proper maintenance on a hydraulic system has two areas of concern. Preventive maintenance is the regular and routine maintenance of equipment and assets in or [...]

4 Ways A Hydraulic Distributors Emergency Powerpack Protects Cost And Productivity

January 18, 2021  •  Blog

1) The Hydraulic Distributors’ emergency powerpack is an independent unit that allows basic haul truck operations at a reduced speed when the main engine has failed. These operations include [...]

Holiday Trading Hours 2020

December 14, 2020  •  News

At the start of 2020 our team were gearing up for another year of domestic and international travel with marine shipping and other large scale hydraulic projects on the cards. No one could have antici [...]

Business Relocation

September 14, 2020  •  News

After 35 years being based out of Penrith, Hydraulic Distributors has relocated to a new North Western Sydney premises. As of Monday 31st of August 2020 Hydraulic Distributors has  [...]

Example of connected hydraulic hoses

5 Factors to Consider when Selecting a Hydraulic Hose

June 9, 2020  •  Blog

Whether you are replacing an existing hose, or building a new system, you’ll need to select a hose of the correct pressure rating, diameter, and length and with the best material properties for [...]

5 Ways To (Safely) Troubleshoot Your Hydraulic Equipment

April 7, 2020  •  Blog

Machines break and malfunction all the time. We’ve all seen situations where the machine’s problem was so simple and detectable that an expensive assistance call to troubleshoot a loose ph [...]

Installed PTO and Pump on Car Carrier

PTO and Pump Install on Car Carrier

This project required our team to supply a PTO and pump install on a car carrier that had been using a 24 volt DC powerpack. Whilst completing the repairs our engineers also diagnosed and re [...]

50 Tonne Hydraulic Press

Cylinder Repairs on 50 Tonne Press

For this job our engineers were in the workshop repairing a hydraulic cylinder on a 50 tonne press that had been leaking. Later our team returned the cylinder to site, rectified a leaking flange [...]

Ship crane being lifted

3 Hydraulics Maintenance Tips to Reduce Downtime in 2020

January 21, 2020  

Unscheduled downtime can create greater issues than just damaged or unreliable equipment. Site closures and delays in progress can be extremely costly, so it is essential to have the necessary pr [...]

Truck with mounted crane

Repair Fittings on Truck Mounted Crane

For this hydraulic services our team removed and repaired broken fittings in the lift cylinder on an older truck mounted crane. This involved removing broken fittings from the port and manufactur [...]

Hydraulic Pump and Air Compressor Parts

Leak on Network Cabling Truck

Our engineers set to work rectifying a leak at the front and rear of a network cabling truck for our customer. This job included installing a new 27cc gear pump, solenoid valve, body, coil, reducer va [...]

Refitting Cylinder on Skip Bin Truck

During this project our team removed and refitted a cylinder to a skip bin truck that had been experiencing severe hydraulic oil leakage. The job included manufacturing a new rod, supplying [...]

Filter Housing Replacement

For this project our engineers were called out to inspect a filter housing on a blow mould machine that had been experiencing slow operation. The team identified the need for a replacement filt [...]

PK 18002 EH Crane Repairs

Our engineers carried out repairs to a PK 18002 EH crane fitted to a vehicle. Using a chain link, a temporary repair was carried out on the leg chain. Under Hydraulic Distributor’s care, th [...]

10 Tips for Storing and Cleaning Elastomer Seals

November 4, 2019  •  Blog

Elastomer seals are built to handle a wide range of demanding hydraulic applications, however  improper storage conditions can drastically reduce a seal’s potential shelf life. A seal&rsquo [...]

Leak on Franna Crane

In this instance we had a Franna Crane arrive at the workshop with a suspected leak on the crane. With our swift diagnostics, we were able to repair the leak and replace the pipe with a hose, hav [...]

Repair of 400 Tonne Press

For this project the team were called out to repair a 400 tonne press that had been experiencing issues with stalling on retraction. After the initial inspection of all three presses, the team were ab [...]

Relief Valve Repairs on Debarker

At Hydraulic Distributors our team service a wide range of hydraulic equipment. In this instance the team repaired a faulty relief valve on a debarker. The problem occurred due to the relief valve bei [...]

3 Reasons to Select Genuine Hydraulic Parts Over Aftermarket

August 27, 2019  •  Blog

When it comes to hydraulic component repair, you may be uncertain as to whether you should purchase genuine or aftermarket parts. For example, should Dynapower motors and pumps be replaced with genuin [...]

Mitsubishi Crane Repairs in New Zealand

In early July our engineers were called to New Zealand to investigate the slew bearings on cranes no.2 and 3 on a bulk carrier. This job included a rocking test on all four of the cranes and greasing [...]

Hydraulic workshop and hose storage area

4 Reasons Your Hydraulic Hoses are Failing (Plus the Correct Way to Find and Fix Leaks)

July 11, 2019  •  Blog

Hydraulic hoses are considered one of the major sources of maintenance intervention and unfortunately, accidents, as well. They are manufactured based on strict industrial standards, dictated by the S [...]

Hydraulic Distributors appointed Mitsubishi Australian Agent for Marine Steering

April 2, 2019  •  News

Following a successful visit with Mitsubishi in Japan during October 2018, our team are pleased to annouce that Hydraulic Distributors have been appointed the Australian Agent for Mitsubishi Heav [...]

Hunter Valley Mining Operation

After nine years of continued use, our team serviced and upgraded a powerpack for emergency operation of the hoist and steering to prevent breakdown for a Hunter Valley mining operation. Back in 20 [...]

Bulk Carrier Crane Repairs

During April 2019 our team were called out to New Zealand to assess and repair defects that were reported with the controls on cranes no 2 &  4, and damage to crane no. 3, on a bulk carrier. [...]

Hydraulic Oil and Extreme Weather Conditions: How Oil Viscosity Keeps Machinery Moving

June 25, 2019  •  Blog

What is Viscosity? Viscosity is a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow. The ISO Viscosity Grade defines an oil’s resistance to flow at a temperature of 40c. The viscosity of any oil [...]


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