Top & Side Link Hydraulic Cylinder Kits: How Do They Work?

Product photo of Summit Hydraulics Top Link Cylinder Kit

Hydraulic systems are marvels of engineering, allowing for a significant amount of power to be generated from a compact setup. In the realms of agriculture and construction, Summit Hydraulics’ top link cylinders and side link cylinders are invaluable, playing a crucial role in ensuring machinery operates optimally. Learn the inner workings of these specialized hydraulic cylinder kits below.

Basics of Hydraulic Systems:

At its core, a hydraulic system uses pressurized fluid to generate movement or force. This fluid, typically hydraulic oil, is pushed through the system via pumps, acting on the surfaces of mechanisms like cylinders, thus causing them to move.

Top link cylinders are primarily used to connect tractors to implements, enabling operators to adjust the height, angle, or tilt of the equipment.

Top Link Hydraulic Cylinders:

Product photo of Summit Hydraulics Top Link Cylinder

Function: Top link cylinders are primarily used to connect tractors to implements, enabling operators to adjust the height, angle, or tilt of the equipment. They are essential for applications like plowing, where the depth of the implement in the soil is critical.

Working:

  • Hydraulic fluid is pumped into the chamber of the top link cylinder.
  • Depending on the direction of the fluid flow, the piston inside the cylinder either extends or retracts.
  • This movement of the piston is transferred to the connected implement, adjusting its position as required.

Side Link Hydraulic Cylinders:

They ensure the equipment remains level, especially when navigating uneven terrains or during operations that exert lateral forces.

Product photo of Summit Hydraulics Side Link Cylinder

Function: Side link cylinders play a pivotal role in maintaining the lateral stability and angle of an implement. They ensure the equipment remains level, especially when navigating uneven terrains or during operations that exert lateral forces.

Working:

  • Just like the top link, hydraulic fluid is pumped into one side of the cylinder.
  • The fluid pressure acts on the piston, causing it to move (either extending or retracting).
  • This motion adjusts the angle of the attached machinery, ensuring it remains stable and level.

Components of Hydraulic Cylinder Kits:

  1. Cylinder Body: The main component housing the piston and containing the hydraulic fluid.
  2. Piston: A movable component inside the cylinder body that reacts to the hydraulic fluid’s pressure.
  3. Rod: Attached to the piston, it extends or retracts based on the piston’s movement.
  4. Seals: Ensuring that the hydraulic fluid remains within the system and prevents leaks.
  5. Hydraulic Hoses: These are flexible connectors that transport the hydraulic fluid from the pump to the cylinder and back, allowing for fluid continuity and system pressure.
  6. End Fittings: Connect the cylinder to the machinery or implement.

How to Measure Hydraulic Cylinders:

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Top Link & Side Link Application:

  1. Tractor Attachments:
    • Plows: Hydraulic cylinders adjust the angle and depth of plow blades.
    • Disc Harrows: Top and side link cylinders control the angle of the harrow discs.
    • Rotary Tillers: Hydraulic cylinders adjust the depth and angle of the tiller.
    • Seeders and Planters: Cylinders help maintain consistent planting depth and angle.
    • Cultivators: Hydraulic cylinders control the depth and aggressiveness of cultivation.
  2. Mowers:
    • Finish Mowers: Cylinders adjust the cutting height and angle of the mower deck.
    • Flail Mowers: Hydraulic cylinders control cutting height and angle for various terrains.
  3. Box Blades and Graders:
    • Box Blades: Hydraulic cylinders control the tilt and angle of the blade for leveling.
    • Graders: Cylinders adjust the grading angle for precise road maintenance.
  4. Rear Blades and Snowplows:
    • Rear Blades: Hydraulic cylinders control the angle and tilt of the blade.
    • Snowplows: Cylinders adjust the angle of the plow for snow removal.
  5. Post Hole Diggers:
    • Auger Attachments: Hydraulic cylinders control the angle and depth of the auger for digging holes.
  6. Landscape Rakes:
    • Landscape Rakes: Cylinders adjust the angle and depth of the rake for soil preparation.
  7. Trenchers:
    • Trenchers: Hydraulic cylinders control the angle and depth of trenching blades.
  8. Cultipackers and Rollers:
    • Cultipackers: Cylinders adjust the angle and pressure of the cultipacker wheels.
    • Rollers: Hydraulic cylinders control the pressure and angle of rollers for soil compaction.
  9. Aerator Attachments:
    • Aerators: Cylinders control the angle and penetration depth of aerating tines.
  10. Sprayers:
    • Boom Sprayers: Hydraulic cylinders control the angle and height of spray booms.

Top and side link hydraulic cylinders are integral components in many heavy-duty machines, ensuring precise control, stability, and safety.

Conclusion:

Top and side link hydraulic cylinders are integral components in many heavy-duty machines, ensuring precise control, stability, and safety. Understanding their workings not only aids in efficient operation but also in troubleshooting and maintenance. When considering replacements or upgrades, it’s crucial to choose high-quality kits from Summit Hydraulics that match the machinery’s requirements, ensuring longevity and optimal performance.

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