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About Hydrastar

Company Profile

Hydrastar and it's founding company Cambridgeshire Hydraulics & Pneumatics Limited were established in 1979 and have grown steadily into the ‘Premier’ catalogue and web services provider to the Fluid Power Industry. Our business philosophy is clear, we have built our ...

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Design Services

Design Services

Hydrastar specialises in the design and installation of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. We have a fully trained technical team who are able to create complete designs for any industry. You present us with your idea and we will advise as to how is the best way to achieve your goal. The ma...

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Log-on to our online shop and set up an account for instant purchases. We stock over 50,000 fluid power products available for despatch nextday anywhere in the UK. Order before 2pm for sameday despatch. Orders over £250 qualify for free of charge nextday carriage. (UK mainland only).

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Hydrastar Blog

What NOT To Do When Working On Hydraulics

Mon, 16 Dec 2019 14:08

Hydraulics offer excellent directional power and control when it comes to lifting, moving, and excavating heavy loads. However, hydraulic systems can also be highly dangerous if used incorrectly or handled carelessly. Accidents, serious injury, or death can result from maintenance and tasks going wrong. This isn’t always the fault of an arm, or boom failure, […]

What Can I Use Hydraulics For?

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:24

A hydraulic machine is any device that uses confined, pressurised fluid to generate movement, lift, or strength. While using water or oil in this way is an ancient principle, advances in hydraulics mean that they’re commonly found today in industry, agriculture, leisure, and domestic spaces. Vehicles, too, rely on hydraulics to power their brakes, steering, […]

Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems – Understanding The Similarities & Differences

Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:19

Hydraulic and pneumatic systems both use kinetic motion to move heavy loads. Hydraulics use confined water or oil, and pneumatics use a confined gas, typically air, to generate kinetic motion to drive cylinders and rams. Motion and pressure are converted and multiplied through confinement and precise direction into an intense push. While the two processes […]

How Do Hydraulics Work?

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:16

Hydraulics uses the movement of incompressible liquids in a confined space, to apply kinetic force to large objects. In practice, this means that a smaller, ‘trigger’ force can be converted via fluid motion into a larger ‘push’ force. The kinetic force is transferred from an initial pump into a confined chamber, amplifying the directional pressure […]

What Can Hydraulics Be Used For?

Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:03

Hydraulics is the art of using contained fluid to translate a small push into a big one. Through dissipating the force provided by a smaller ‘push’ cylinder through a pipe and reservoir network, trapped kinetic energy is transferred through oil or water to a larger one. This motion can be used to power lift booms, […]

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