Hydraulic Cylinder -Buyers Guide & The Best Choices!

Hydraulic Cylinder
Written by Ken Coul

Any heavy application condition requires the use of a hydraulic cylinder. These are linear force application tools that are sued to pull or push loads. Hydraulic cylinders require the use of a pump that matches or provides the power to push and pull the cylinder.

Top-Rated Hydraulic Cylinder List:

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1. Strongway Air/Hydraulic Long Ram Jack - 8-Ton Capacity, 24 3/16in.-42 7/8in. Lift Range 1. Strongway Air/Hydraulic Long Ram Jack - 8-Ton CapacityRam extends from 24 ½” to 43 ½.”

  • Baked enamel finish

  • 1-piece handle

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2. Maxim TC 2500 PSI Tie-Rod Cylinder2. Maxim TC 2500 PSIHigh tensile cold drawn tube, precision honed for extended seal life

  • Ductile iron gland ASTM A536 65-45-12

  • High tensile zinc-plated steel pin and pin clip

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3. HYDROWORKS Double Acting Welded Hydraulic Cylinder 3 Inch Bore 24 Inch Stroke with Cross Tube End, 2500 PSI3. HYDROWORKS Double Acting Welded Hydraulic Cylinder 3 Inch Bore100hr salt spray tested High strength steel piston rod

  • Ductile iron components

  • Polyurethane u-cup double lip seal

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4. Enerpac Pump/Low Height Cylinder Set, 20 Ton Cap4. Enerpac Pump/Low Height Cylinder Set Calibrated Gauge with Gauge Adapter

  • 10,000 PSI Composite Material Pump

  • Single-Acting Low-Height Cylinder

  • 6 Foot Thermoplastic Hose

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5. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Welded Double Acting Cross Tube (2x18)5. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Welded DoublePrecision threaded gland with wear rings

  • High tensile honed cold drawn tube

  • High tensile chrome plated rod

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6. Hydrafore 20 tons 26. Hydrafore 20 tons 2" stroke Single-acting Hollow RamHigh tensile honed cold drawn tube and piston

  • High tensile chrome plated rod

  • High tensile welded bases

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7. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis Welded Double Acting7. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder ClevisForged steel clevis end mount and screw on clevis rod end

  • Double Acting Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis

  • Honed cold drawn steel tube

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8. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis Welded Double Acting (3x24)8. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis WeldedPrecision threaded gland with wear rings

  • Honed cold drawn steel tube

  • High tensile steel chrome plated rod

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9. HYDROWORKS Double Acting Tie Rod Hydraulic Cylinder, 2500 PSI (3.59. HYDROWORKS Double Acting Tie Rod Hydraulic Cylinder, 2500 PSIC1045 High tensile steel piston chrome plated rod

  • Ductile iron components

  • Polyurethane u-cup double lip seal

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10. Magister Hydraulics Tie-rod Hydraulic Cylinder Double Acting10. Magister Hydraulics Tie-rod HydraulicDouble Acting Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis

  • Precision threaded gland with wear rings

  • High tensile steel piston

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Hydraulic cylinders are basically tubes with a piston and a rod, and two chambers, one filled with hydraulic liquid and that the second with air. The pump produces the necessary air pressure that forces the piston to push or pull the rod, so an appropriate pump is needed for maximum efficiency of operation.

When purchasing a hydraulic cylinder, you must make sure that the shafts and rod clevis are both as powerful as the force being applied, this means, that if the cylinder is designed for an 8-ton force, you want the shaft and clevis to be able to support at least 8 tons, if not more. This is why I created a review of the ten best hydraulic cylinders on the market today, where the KPI’s were based on material strength, reliability, durability, and price.

Best Hydraulic Cylinder Review:

1. Strongway Air/Hydraulic Long Ram Jack – 8-Ton Capacity, 24 3/16in.-42 7/8in. Lift Range

The Strongway™ 8-ton capacity hydraulic jack is made of dense high-grade steel and is made to ASME PALD 2009 standards. This tool is a perfect fit, and a must-have for all hydraulic hoists and will convert it into a fast and efficient lifting machine.

This model is designed to fit onto all shop cranes and is finished with a lead-free bake enamel coating that provides extra protection against knocks and scratches, as well as corrosion. The ram piston has a 19” stroke and will handle all loads up to 8 metric tons.

Specifications

  • Name: 8 Ton Long Ram Air/Hydraulic Jack
  • SKU: 94562
  • Brand: Central Hydraulics®
  • Material: Steel
  • Quantity: 1
  • Working pressure (psi) 100 to 120 PSI
  • Air inlet size: 1/4 in-18 NPT
  • Handle Length: 20 in.
  • Maximum Lift Height 42 in.
  • Minimum height 24-3/4 in.
  • Product Height 24-1/4 in.
  • Product Length 7 in.
  • Product Width: 4-1/2 in.
  • Shipping Weight 60 lbs.
  • Size: 8 Ton
  • Stroke length (in.) 17-1/4 in.
  • Accessories Included 48 in. high-pressure air hose

 

 

2. Maxim TC 2500 PSI Tie-Rod Cylinder

The MAXIM TC 2500 PSI tie-rod cylinder is an agricultural hydraulic cylinder that was redesigned for double-acting industrial and agricultural applications. This model comes with impressive features, including a ductile iron ASTM A536 65-45-12 piston and a grade 8, high tensile zinc-plated piston lock nut. The gland is made of ASTM A536 65-45-12 iron, and the tube is a high tensile cold drawn steel with an O-ring seal.

The Maxim TC 2500 Rod is made of a high tensile ground, and polished chrome plated ASTM 5140 steel, and the rod seal is a standard B lip design PolyPak (Polyurethane U-cup with nitrite O-ring expander), with a Polyurethane wiper.

Some more great features include the iron ASTM A536 65-45-12 ductile iron end mounts, the grade 8.8 clevis clamp bolt with grade 8 clevis clamp nut. The pin and pin clip is made of a high tensile zinc-plated steel, and the piston comes with an internal O-ring and external Hallite 755 seal.

Specifications

  • Bore 3”
  • Stroke 20”
  • Rod Diameter 25”
  • Port Size 1/2” NPT
  • Pin Diameter 1”
  • Retracted 25”
  • Extended 25”
  • Column Load 10780
  • Max PSI 2500

 

 

3. HYDROWORKS Double Acting Welded Hydraulic Cylinder 3 Inch Bore 24 Inch Stroke with Cross Tube End, 2500 PSI

The new Hydroworks Double Performing 3” Bore 24” Stroke Tie Rod Hydraulic cylinder is made of rugged ductile iron and comes with polyurethane u-cup double lip supplies certain seal. The piston rod is made of precision steel and is chrome plated and polished. Each cylinder goes through a 100hr salt spray test.

Specifications

  • Item Weight: 45 Lbs.
  • Item Size: 75” x 36.25” x 36.25”
  • Bore 2 ½”
  • Stroke 30”
  • Shaft 1½”
  • Retracted Length 40 ½”
  • Ports SAE-8
  • Pin Diameter 1”
  • Weight 0 lbs

 

 

4. Enerpac Pump/Low Height Cylinder Set, 20 Ton Cap

The Enerpac Pump and Cylinder Set is a Low Height Cylinder that delivers a 20 Ton capacity. This cylinder provides a 1.75” stroke and when retracted is 3.88” in height.

This is a hand pump type unit and actively works up to 10,000 PSI maximum pressure. The maximum handle effort is gauged at 93 lbs.

This is a composite material pump, which means its made of various grades of ductile iron, steel and synthetic parts including a 6 Foot Thermoplastic Hose that provides extra reach. You also get a calibrated gauge and gauge adapter for proper control.

Specifications

  • Item: Pump and Cylinder Set
  • Type: Low Height Cylinder
  • Pump Type: Hand
  • Pressure (PSI): 10,000
  • Handle Effort (Lbs.): 93
  • Cylinder Stroke (In.): 75
  • Cylinder Retracted H (In.): 88
  • Cylinder Capacity (Tons): 20

 

 

5. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Welded Double Acting Cross Tube (2×18)

The Magister Hydraulics Welded Hydraulic Cylinder Cross Tube Style is a 3500-psi tube that is made of long lasting and reliable materials.

The cylinders undergo a rigorous pre-testing of up to 150% pressure and are all manufactured in accordance to ISO 9001.

The tube is made of a high tensile cold drawn steel, and the rod undergoes grinding and polishing, and then chrome plating for extra efficiency. There is a precision threaded gland that comes with wear rings to assure constant pressure maintenance, and the piston is high tensile steel for superior performance. The base ends are all welded and tested for load bearing functionality.

This model uses U-cup polyurethane rod seals with inner O-ring, and POM-C wears rings with polyurethane wiper.

Specifications

  • Bore: 2”
  • Stroke: 18”
  • Rod: 25”
  • Retracted 26”
  • Extended 44”
  • PIN ø:  1”
  • Column load Lbs.9,400 @ 3000 PSI
  • Port Size SAE 6
  • Oil Quarts 98

 

 

6. Hydrafore 20 tons 2″ stroke Single-acting Hollow Ram Hydraulic Cylinder Jack YG-2050K

The Hydrofore is an all steel component part that comes with an HH-2/M coupling sleeve, a cylinder return spring, and a 3/8” NPT connection thread.  This is a single acting vertical cylinder that provides a smooth and efficient working base for all applications. This cylinder works best with the Hydrofore B-700C hand pump.

Specifications

  • Model: YG-2050K
  • Tonnage (Ton): 20
  • Stroke (mm): 50
  • Oil capacity (cm3): 146
  • Closed height (mm): 161
  • Extended height (mm): 211
  • Outside dia (mm): 98
  • Centre hole dia (mm): 27
  • Inside diameter (mm): 73
  • Piston diameter (mm): 54
  • Recommended pump: B-700C
  • Weight (kg): 7,5

 

 

7. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis Welded Double Acting

The Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis 3500 PSI is a masterpiece of power that delivers 3,500 PSI with ease. This ia s multiple application cylinder for use in just about any industry.

This part is made with ISO 9001:2008 compliance. The tube is a honed cold drawn steel, and the rod is made of high tensile steel that is ground, polished and chrome plated. The gland is precision threaded and comes with wear rings, and the piston is a high tensile steel.

The base and rod ends are made of forged steel with clevis end mount. This model comes with the MH five components compact seals and the rod seals are standard polyurethane and come with an inner O-ring, POM-C wear rings with rod wiper.

This is a general category item, and has 57 specific application sizes and strengths to choose from.

Specifications

There are 57 products with different specifications that can be ordered, you may choose the specific item for your requirements on the product page.
 

 

8. Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis Welded Double Acting (3×24)

The Magister Hydraulics Hydraulic Cylinder Clevis 3500 PSI 3” x 24” is part of the 3,500 PSI clevis category that is designed for multiple applications in many industrial environments.

This part is made with ISO 9001:2008 compliance. The tube is a honed cold drawn steel, and the rod is made of high tensile steel that is ground, polished and chrome plated. The gland is precision threaded and comes with wear rings, and the piston is a high tensile steel.

The base and rod ends are made of forged steel with clevis end mount. This model comes with the MH five components compact seals and the rod seals are standard polyurethane and come with an inner O-ring, POM-C wear rings with rod wiper.

Specifications

  • Bore 3”
  • Stroke 24”
  • Rod 5”
  • Retracted 25”
  • Extended 25”
  • Pin ø: 1”
  • Column load Lbs 16,400 @ 3000 PSI
  • Port size SAE 8
  • Oil Quarts 94

 

 

9. HYDROWORKS Double Acting Tie Rod Hydraulic Cylinder, 2500 PSI (3.5″ Bore/ 8″ Stroke – ASAE)

The Hydroworks T25350810-ASAE Double Acting 3.5” bore 24” Stroke Tie Rod Hydraulic Cylinder operates at up to 2500 PSI, ASAE is a comprehensive industrial and agricultural solution provider.

This part is made of C1045 high tensile steel and comes with polyurethane u-cup double lip seals and 90 durometer polyurethane “o” rings. The casement is made of C1045 High tensile steel, and comes with a zinc plated steel plug.

Specifications

  • Item weight: 33 Lbs.
  • Package Dimension: 7” x 4.7” x 23.6”

 

 

10. Magister Hydraulics Tie-rod Hydraulic Cylinder Double Acting

The Magister Hydraulics double acting tie rod hydraulic cylinder is a multiple application cylinder for use in industry, agriculture and retail.

This item comes in 47 optional configurations, and is made to meet ISO 9001:2008 compliance. The tube is a honed cold drawn steel, and the rod is made of high tensile steel that is ground, polished and chrome plated. The gland is precision threaded and comes with wear rings, and the piston is a high tensile steel.

As with all MH products, the base and rod ends are made of forged steel with clevis end mount. This model comes with the MH five components compact seals and the rod seals are standard polyurethane and come with an inner O-ring, POM-C wear rings with rod wiper.

This is a general category item, and has 47 specific application sizes and strengths to choose from.

Specifications

There are 47 options for this device, by entering the product page you can choose which one supports your application requirements.