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Hosepatch Hydraulic Hose...

Here at Gerrard Hydraulics, we stock a comprehensive range of Hydraulic components and related accessories in our Canning Vale facility, combing with access to the full catalogue range of Ryco Hydraulics and other national and international products, the team at Gerrard hydraulics offer solutions to for almost any hydraulic accessory to suit most applications, from small reservoir breathers to full system monitoring and testing equipment. The Innovative Hydraulic Hose Repair Kit from Hosepatch! In 2017, the Turner Farmers released...

Hydraulic Pumps: How It Works

Hydraulic Pump A hydraulic pump converts mechanical energy into hydraulic energy. When a hydraulic pump operates, it performs two functions. First, its mechanical action creates a vacuum at the pump inlet which allows atmospheric pressure to force liquid from the reservoir into the inlet line to the pump. Second, its mechanical action delivers this liquid to the pump outlet and forces it into the hydraulic system. A pump produces liquid movement or flow: it does not generate pressure. It produces the flow necessary for the...

Everything You Need to Know...

Hydraulic motors are one of many mechanical components that make your machinery work the way it's supposed to. Here, we look at what hydraulic motors are, and why they're important. What are Hydraulic Motors?  A hydraulic motor converts hydraulic energy into mechanical energy; a rotating shaft. It uses hydraulic pressure and flows to generate the required torque and rotation. You can use hydraulic motors for many applications, such as winches, crane drives, self-propelled farming equipment, excavators, mixer and agitator drives,...

Why Phasing Cylinders are...

It’s that time of year again when farmers are busy planting the seeds for their crops, using purpose-built machinery. Since a successful crop production is dependant on the seeding process, ensuring your site is properly prepared, and you’re using the best possible hydraulic machinery for planting your seeds, is a must! What's the Seeding Process? Seeding, as the name suggests, is when farmers plant the seeds that will ultimately grow their crops. This process could be completed by hand if you’re only working with a...

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Why You Should Get Extra...

We often get enquiries in regards to adding an extra set of remotes on the back of tractors for easy cross over from one hydraulic circuit to another. For example, you have a tractor with only two sets of remotes and you are towing your air seeder that has 3 functions (2 wing lifts and a main lift). With the 6 port diverter fitted to one remote set you now have a 3 remote outlet. Now you simply connect the solenoid to an electrical switch in the cab and by turning the selector on/off you can operate two functions from the one...

What are Quick Release...

In hydraulic fluid power systems, power is transmitted through an enclosed circuit via fluid under pressure. Quick release couplings or QRC’s (also known as quick-action couplings, quick connect couplings, break-away couplings, just to name a few) are used to join or separate fluid conductors to or from a circuit. There are just as many types of QRC’s as there are manufacturers. Thankfully, there is an international standard to which the manufacturers conform to. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO)...

How to Diagnose a Faulty...

Do you have a creeping bar and think a phasing cylinder might be at fault? How do you determine which cylinder, if any, is the faulty one? Unfortunately, diagnosing a faulty phasing cylinder isn't always as simple as identifying the moving cylinder. Why? Because the moving cylinder isn't always the culprit. Below is a handy diagnostic chart that shows, while under load, the interaction between good cylinders and faulty ones. Need help identifying the condition of your phasing cylinders? Or maybe you just need...

14 Little Known Facts About...

Unfortunately, hydraulics isn't a topic that most people are knowledgeable on. So, to try and increase the level of awareness and knowledge surrounding this niche topic, we've put together 14 little-known facts about hydraulics and hydraulic equipment.    Hydraulic power is nearly always generated from mechanical power. Example: A hydraulic pump driven by an engine crankshaft. Hydraulic power output is nearly always achieved by converting back to mechanical energy. Example: A cylinder, which raises a heavy...

Oil Viscosity – Everything...

Here at Gerrard Hydraulics, we stock and sell two grades of hydraulic oil, 46 and 68. But what do these numbers actually mean and how do you determine which one you need? The numbers 46 and 68 refer to the ISO Viscosity, and all hydraulic oils sold in Australia use this number grading system. Viscosity is oil’s resistance to flow and the grading system relates to this resistance at a temperature of 40 °C. These numbers can be thought of in this way: the lower the number, the thinner the oil and the higher the number the...

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Dowerin Field Days are Coming...

This year the Dowerin Field Days are on August 30th and 31st. This event is the largest agricultural expo in WA. Over the two days, everything agriculture and farming community-based products and services will be on display. If you’re new to the event or a regular you will find us at our usual site No. 384, on the hockey oval. Each year we display a large selection of the products and services we offer here at Gerrard Hydraulics. Our staff will be available across both days to answer questions and help with any queries...