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Hydraulic Maintenance the 80/20 Way

Hydraulic Maintenance the 80/20 Way

CaseyYou may be familiar with Pareto's Law, better known as the 80/20 rule, which states an almost universal truth that nothing is evenly distributed. Applied to hydraulic maintenance, the 80/20 rule means that 80% of equipment breakdowns are caused by 20% of the possible faults. Furthermore, an 80% reduction in your machine's operating cost can result from just 20% of your maintenance effort. This means not all maintenance tasks are equal. It also means big gains in machine reliability and cost saving are easy to achieve if you understand hydraulic maintenance principles and their order of importance.

The Hydraulic Maintenance Handbook, a new book by Brendan Casey, owner of, lays out 15 essential principles for effective maintenance. Casey says following these principles will lead to maximum reliability for minimum cost. When understood and adhered to, these 15 principles become the anchor for a logical, step-by-step maintenance system anyone can follow — from the seasoned veteran to a still-wet-behind-the-ears novice.

The book contains 146 pages and dozens of tables, illustrations, and photos. Chapters cover hydraulic fluids, effects of heat, water, and dirt, fluid filtration and flushing, oil sampling and analysis, leakage and prevention, fault identification and failure analysis, startup checklist, how to perform a maintenance and reliability audit, and more.

For more information, or to purchase a copy, click here.

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