A well-maintained hydraulic system is essential to keeping your drilling rig running efficiently today and for years to come.
It is far more productive to prevent breakdowns through regular maintenance than to deal with the downtime and increased
cost associated with hydraulic system failures. The emphasis should therefore be on proactive, rather than reactive,
Simple, Proactive Steps
Three simple maintenance procedures increase hydraulic system performance, efficiency and life:
1. Maintain a sufficient amount of clean hydraulic fluid of the proper type and viscosity/grade.
2. Change filters and clean strainers regularly.
3. Keep all connections tight to prevent aeration; but not overly tight to the point where the valve body is damaged,
which can result in metal cuttings entering the hydraulic system.