Archive for October - 2009
Service tips for ESCO 10 ton rams
Thursday, October 15th, 2009 11:12 AM - By Andy Mathys
Posted in category Technical Articles
Service tips for ESCO 10301 to 10305 10 ton, 10,000 psi. Hydraulic Cylinders
Here are a few tips that will help prolong the life of your 10 ton, 10,000 psi.,Hydraulic cylinder:
· Use coupler dust covers when not in use. This will help minimize internal contamination. Dip couplers and diesel fuel or kerosene and wipe off with a clean towel daily.
· Make sure that the recommended hydraulic fluid in your air hydraulic pump is clean. Check the fluid periodically and change the fluid as needed. This will help the seals in the cylinder assembly last longer. This will also prevent contamination build up in your hydraulic lines. Any AW32 hydraulic oil is recommended. Transmission fluid is not recommended, it may damages seals.
· Push or lift from or against a flat surface. Hydraulic pressure that is applied and not centered against the lifting or pushing surface becomes unstable and is called a point load. This prevents a point load situation, which can cause damage to the cylinder assembly or potential injury to the tire technician.
· Do not exceed more than 80% of the maximum stroke available when extending the piston rod of the cylinder assembly. When the piston rod reaches maximum stroke, the brass rod bearing (located on the base of the piston rod) will bottom out on the stop ring(threaded at the top of the cylinder body). Constant hydraulic pressure against the stop ring can cause it to partially blow out. If the job requires that you exceed 80% of the maximum stroke, it is recommended that you use a ram with a stroke that is the next size up. ESCO has a full line of 10 ton rams ranging from 2”, 4”, 6”, 8” and 10” strokes.
ESCO Jack Plates
Thursday, October 15th, 2009 01:30 PM - By Andy Mathys
Posted in category New Products
OSHA Required ESCO Jack Plates
OSHA regulation 29CFR 1926,305 requires that when lifting loads with hydraulic jacks that you must block the jack with a firm foundation.
When using ESCO high tonnage jacks, one of the things you want to insure is load stability. The importance of load stability cannot be understated. It can be the difference between tool failure and most importantly the safety and well being of the service person. The working conditions that the service person faces each day can be rough, from inclement weather to rugged and unstable terrain. We can’t do anything about the weather but, we can help battle the rough ground conditions. Load stability starts from the ground up. ESCO offers a line of jack plates to help keep the ESCO high tonnage jacks under load. The ESCO jack plates are 12” x 12” to provide a larger lifting “foot print” and are 1” thick for strength. They are strong but light weight. The plates are corrosion resistant and will not absorb moisture. They will not mushroom or warp. The ESCO jack plates are available in 3 different tonnage capacities. The 10751 for 55 ton jacks, the 10753 for 20 ton jacks, and the 10754 for 100 ton jacks. The ESCO jack plates are also available in “kit form”, the 10755 which includes the 10751, 10753, and 10754.
Lead weight ban
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 03:07 PM - By Andy Mathys
Posted in category Did you know?
Did you know……….
California bans lead wheel weights
California officially has banned the sale of lead wheel weights. It looks like a federal bill will follow California's lead
Probably, according to Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich. In his latest blog, he outlines California SB 757, and how that may impact independent tire dealers and fleets across the country. As of the first of the new year, dealers in California will not be able to install lead wheel weights. Are you next?
Not just California. Maine, Vermont and Canada and Europe have banned the use of lead wheel weights.
Looks like balancing compound that you put into the tire might be the way to go.
What are your thoughts on this subject?