Hydraulic fluid may seem relatively harmless to work with -- until it is pressurized. In this Shop Talk Blog post, we are going to take a look at why hydraulic fluid under pressure is so dangerous, what happens when you come into contact with it, and what you can do to minimize those dangers when you're on the job.
Note: If you're working with pressurized hydraulic fluid and feel a prick (like electricity) on your skin, please seek medical attention right away.
The main hydrostatic pump is what keeps your machine moving -- without hydraulic flow and pressure, your machine comes to a halt. Everything else may be in perfect operating order (including the final drive motors!), but work stops when the main hydraulic pump goes out. In this Shop Talk Blog post we are going to discuss some things you need to consider when it comes time to replace a hydraulic pump.