Double Acting Cylinder

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It's simple at Hydraulics Online - if it's hydraulic we can design it, supply it, solve it or repair it! From a hydraulic power pack, to a double-acting cylinder or even a complete system. You name it, we do it.  

A double-acting cylinder is a cylinder in which the working fluid acts alternately on both sides of the piston. It has a port at each end, supplied with hydraulic fluid for both the retraction and extension of the piston. A double-acting cylinder is used where an external force is not available to retract the piston or where high force is required in both directions of travel. 

The double acting cylinder is more common than the single acting cylinder. It works at any angle and in almost any application where hydraulic power is needed. Even with applications where gravity (or weight) can assist retraction, hydraulic pressure is often applied to control acceleration, change the rate of travel and cushion the stoppage.

Travel in one direction always differs from travel in the other, all things being equal; the push action requires more force and is slower but more work output is generated. The pulling action is faster, but less work output is created.    

If you are looking to source a standard double-acting cylinder, we have widespread, competitive access to both leading and niche cylinder manufacturers from around the world. The link above shows just some of the manufacturers and other brands that we can supply.

Looking for bespoke hydraulic cylinder manufacturers and designers? Then look no further. Hydraulics Online can also provide you with a one-off, custom-made double-acting cylinder to suit your specific application, requirements and operating parameters.

For any further information or technical advice and quotations contact one of our experienced hydraulic engineers on: 0845 644 3640, or via: or complete our bespoke hydraulic cylinder design form.  

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