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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 Load Capacity Does My Pneumatic Cylinder Need? How To Choose The Right Size Of Cylinder

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 09:08

Today’s cylinder catalogue is a toybox of variety. Many different sizes, designs, and configurations are available, but how do you know which one is optimal for your pneumatic requirements? Here’s a guide to selecting the right size: What Happens If My Cylinder Is The Wrong Size? Formed of a piston capped with a rod, the […]

Why are Technical Drawings So Important to Good Hydraulic Design?

Thu, 01 Jul 2021 12:31

Every professionally-designed hydraulic system in use today started life as either a CAD digital or paper schematic – a technical drawing. A hydraulic technical drawing is a visual roadmap of the system layout, detailing hydraulic flow, inputs, outputs, and moving parts, alongside any motors or electromechanical components. Each hydraulic line, reservoir, and mechanism is represented […]

How are Modular Valves Used in Hydraulic Systems?

Mon, 14 Jun 2021 11:36

Modular valves are found in almost every hydraulic system in use today. Like all hydraulic valves, they make sure the fluid inside the circuit flows the right way. Controlling the direction, rate, and strength of the flow of hydraulic fluid around the machine’s circuit is critical to preventing overloading, under-pressured lines and lifts, and fluid […]

Is There A Right Or Wrong Way To Store Hydraulic Cylinders?

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 13:26

If you have spare hydraulic cylinders that you need to store, it’s important that they remain in optimum condition and don’t deteriorate over time. Failing to prepare the cylinders correctly for storage, or storing them in inappropriate conditions, can be an expensive mistake; they may not function properly later and will probably need to be […]

How To Crimp A Hydraulic Hose: A 10-Step Guide

Thu, 20 May 2021 13:26

If your business relies on hydraulic systems, you’ll understand that time is of the essence. Unforeseen and sudden equipment failures cause significant disruption to production lines. At the same time, leaks from hydraulic hoses are both time-consuming to remedy, and dangerous, due to the sudden release of hot liquids. When you’re setting up your hydraulic […]

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