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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

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 Is A Festo Proximity Sensor?

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:49

Festo proximity sensors are some of the best on the market. As Festo Technical Distributors we offer their complete catalogue through our online store. A proximity sensor detects the location and distance of adjacent objects. They are used in many applications, including car parking sensors, computer circuit boards and smart phones – but in our […]

The Basic Components Of A Pneumatic System

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:34

The basic components of a pneumatic system are near universal, despite the wide variety of specifications available for individual units. A pneumatic system refers to any static installation that operates using a compressed gas – either air extracted from the environment or an inert gas. These are distinct from hydraulic systems, which use compressed fluid […]

4 Top Pneumatic System Maintenance Tips

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:38

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” wrote one Benjamin Franklin almost 300 years ago. He was talking about fire safety at the time but it’s a truism that applies to all pneumatic equipment and tools. We could itemise 99 maintenance tips. In fact, we could write a book based on our […]

Which Festo Pneumatic Cylinder Do I Need?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:15

Getting down to deciding on which Festo pneumatic cylinder or actuator to choose, starting from a blank sheet of paper, is a bit like saying “Build me a house.” You may not get what you want without a good deal of clarity about your requirements. The range of options is wide and may be confusing […]

How To Crimp Hydraulic Hose Fittings

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:29

Getting the crimp just right is a critical element of successful and reliable hydraulic hose maintenance. Therefore it requires the correct tools for the job and a methodical and professional approach. Rushing may result in an under-crimped or over-crimped connection, which means trouble down the line. Under-crimping may permit fluid to travel back up the […]

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