How To Get Your Hydraulic Pipe Bender Working Again

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Repairing a hydraulic bender is necessary so your business can return to fabricating metal and bending pipes. But with some basic knowledge and a few tools, you may be able to repair your hydraulic bender. 

Why Hydraulics?  

Hydraulic pipe benders can bend pipes much faster than manual bending methods, saving time and labor costs on the job site. They can bend pipes to exact angles, making it easy to achieve the desired angle with minimal waste. They can easily handle large and heavy pipes, reducing the risk of injury to workers.

Hydraulic benders can bend pipes to various angles, making them a cost-effective solution for multiple applications. They also bend pipes with minimal deformation, ensuring the pipe retains its original shape and size. However, these machines can sometimes break down.

Identify the Problem

The first step in repairing a hydraulic bender is to identify the problem, which may involve inspecting the machine for visible damage or listening to unusual sounds. Once you have identified the problem, you can move on to the next step.

Gather the Necessary Tools

You will need a few essential tools to repair a hydraulic bender, including a wrench, pliers, a screwdriver, hydraulic oil, and replacement parts. Because you might not have some of these tools are parts on hand, it might make more sense to hire a repair service.

Drain the Hydraulic Oil

Before you can repair the hydraulic bender, drain the hydraulic oil from the machine by loosening the oil drain plug and draining the oil into a container. Then, it'll be easier to perform the necessary repairs.

Inspect the Machine Again

Once you have drained the oil, you can inspect the machine for any damage or wear and tear, which may involve checking the hydraulic hoses, seals, and fittings for leaks or cracks. You may be better off hiring a repair technician because they can meticulously inspect the machinery for defects.

If you have identified any damaged parts during your inspection, now is the time to replace them. Replace hydraulic hoses, seals, or fittings if necessary.

Refill the Hydraulic Oil and Test the Machine 

You can refill the hydraulic oil once you have replaced any damaged parts. Use the correct type of oil and fill the machine to the recommended level.

Before you start using the hydraulic bender again, perform test bends to verify that it works correctly. If you are still running into problems, contact a service such as a Greenlee tool repair service.