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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’s Wrong With My Hydraulic Directional Flow Valve? A Troubleshooting Guide

Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:29

If you work with complex hydraulics or monitor their performance, scheduling regular, careful valve maintenance checks is crucial. Why? Hydraulics rely on a variable one-way fluid loop to work – much like a one-way traffic system. Without fully working directional control valves, there’s nothing to ensure pressurised liquid keeps moving, returning, and pressuring as it […]

How To Shorten Your Changeover And Cycle Times With Festo Motion Terminal VTEM

Sun, 12 Sep 2021 11:29

Short cycle and changeover times, increased flexibility, and efficient use of materials are often key requirements for manufacturers keen to optimise their output and their profits.   At Hydrastar, we supply a fully digitised solution, the Festo Motion Terminal VTEM: the first standardised platform whose valves are controlled by Motion Apps. Motion Terminal VTEM offers […]

Are Festo Fittings Reliable?

Fri, 03 Sep 2021 11:26

As specialists in the design and supply of pneumatic systems, we understand the importance of reliable, durable, and future-proofed components that can withstand the extreme pressures to which they are subjected in manufacturing processes. As Festo Technical Distributors, our specialists are trained to exacting standards by Festo, whose extensive range of fittings we supply, so […]

How To Troubleshoot Leaks In Pneumatic Valves And Cylinders

Wed, 01 Sep 2021 10:13

Air escaping from a pneumatic valve can be alarming. The consequences, at best, include reduced efficiency and, at worst, may lead to expensive damage. Diagnosing pneumatic system problems can be time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a quick guide to troubleshooting! How Do Pneumatic Systems Work? Pneumatic systems form a continuous relay of […]

How To Save Money With The Right Hydraulic Pump

Sun, 15 Aug 2021 09:53

Choosing a new pump for your hydraulic system can be confusing, with many options from which to choose, including; pump size, flow rate, hose inlet and outlet sizes. Selecting the wrong pump could lead to a poorly performing hydraulic system, premature wear of components, and endless hours to carry out repairs and upgrades while the […]

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