How to Source a Custom Hydraulic Cylinder Fast

How to Source a Custom Hydraulic Cylinder Fast

Custom hydraulic cylinders are the premium option when looking for a linear motion machine for industry and mobile operations. Hydraulics offer an immense level of power and durability to create a fast and efficient working pace for a range of applications.

If you’re after an efficient and effective model that will continually work at the highest conditions no matter its application, you can’t just simply choose the first one on the shelf. By opting for a custom model, you can tailor its design specifically to the applications you need. You can visit your local ram dealer to evaluate the best cylinder choice for your application.

Today we’ll be going over why you should be switching over to a custom design and what to consider in this process.

Why Custom Hydraulic Cylinders Can Improve Your Workflow 

Everyone knows that working with the wrong tools won’t get you anywhere. This will be the same outcome when working with the wrong spec’d hydraulic cylinder. It can mean your machine may underperform, use up too much energy or flat out fail entirely.

Even if your model works well in one use it doesn’t mean it’ll perform at the same level in other applications. Common issues displayed when not using the right cylinder model can include not having the right seal package, not running powerful enough and not having the right shaft material.

Having a custom hydraulic cylinder can mean that you’re getting the absolute most out of your machine for the specific applications detailed within your industry and work. When designing this custom model, it’s important not to under-design, as this can lead to performance and reliability issues, or over-designing, as this can become too costly.

What to Consider and Custom Designing Your Hydraulic Cylinder


When designing a custom hydraulic cylinder while speed is important you don’t want to create an excessive speed. High speeds are okay so long as you choose the right seal package that can withstand the high demands that a faster speed entails.

It’s important to lower your fluid velocity, as the higher it creeps up the more fluid will heat up and lead to overheating in the whole system. This in turn can create damage and wear in the seals, lowering the integrity of these seals and of other internal components.


To design a medium-duty cylinder you’ll need a system that’s rated around 3,000 psi. Designing a machine at this rating is a cost-effective choice for a range of standard applications.

If you need to design a heavy-duty model, you’ll need a rating as high as 4,000 psi. These are more common in advanced systems used in automotive applications such as a hydraulic press.


The most important thing to consider when designing your custom model is the environment it’ll be running in. Depending on the industry you work in your cylinder will have a range of different factors to include. These can include temperature extremes, dusty environments and chemical washdowns all of these can increase the likelihood of your cylinder breaking down and failing when not considered.

You should also be considering the mounting size, force, cylinder piston size, stop tubing and general considerations associated with your climate when designing your custom hydraulic cylinder. This will ensure that your cylinder will work to the highest capacity no matter the application.

If you need a custom hydraulic cylinder or have any questions on how to choose the right off-the-shelf model for your business contact our team at Motus today. Or browse our products online to find the perfect solution for your business.



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