Hydraulic cylinders are essential components of heavy machinery used in various industries such as construction, mining, and agriculture. These cylinders are subject to wear and tear, which can lead to inefficiencies, breakdowns, and costly downtime. Proper maintenance and repair of hydraulic cylinders are crucial to ensure smooth operations and maximum productivity. In this article, we will discuss the tools used in hydraulic cylinder repair, including the must-have tools, and introduce HEMS hydraulic cylinder tools.

What Are Hydraulic Cylinder Tools?

Hydraulic cylinder tools are specialized equipment used to disassemble, repair, and reassemble hydraulic cylinders. These tools include wrenches, pliers, sockets, hydraulic jacks, seal drivers, and other devices that facilitate the repair process.

What Tools Do I Need to Disassemble a Hydraulic Cylinder?

Disassembling a hydraulic cylinder requires specific tools to ensure the safe and efficient removal of components. The following are the tools needed to disassemble a hydraulic cylinder:

1. Wrenches and Pliers

Wrenches and pliers are used to remove nuts, bolts, and other fasteners holding the cylinder components together. These tools should be of the correct size and type to prevent damage to the components and ensure a secure grip.

2. Hydraulic Jack

A hydraulic jack is used to support the weight of the cylinder while it is being disassembled. It should be of sufficient capacity to handle the weight of the cylinder and should be placed securely to prevent accidents.

3. Seal Drivers

Seal drivers are used to remove and install seals in the cylinder components. These tools come in various sizes and shapes to fit different types of seals and ensure proper installation.

4. Cylinder Hones

Cylinder hones are used to remove rust, corrosion, and other debris from the cylinder bore. These tools come in different sizes and abrasive materials, such as stones and brushes, to suit various types of cylinders.

5. Cylinder Micrometres

Cylinder micrometres are used to measure the diameter of the cylinder bore accurately. This tool is crucial to ensure that the new seals and components fit correctly and prevent leaks.

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Must-Have Tools for Hydraulic Cylinder Repair

Apart from the tools needed to disassemble a hydraulic cylinder, several other tools are essential for repairing and reassembling the cylinder. These tools include:

1. Torque Wrench

A torque wrench is used to tighten bolts and nuts to the recommended torque. Over-tightening or under-tightening can cause damage to the components, leading to costly repairs and downtime.

2. Cylinder Press

A cylinder press is used to remove and install the piston and gland from the cylinder body. It provides a secure and controlled force, preventing damage to the components.

3. Thread Chaser

A thread chaser is used to clean and repair damaged threads on bolts and nuts. It ensures a tight and secure fit, preventing leaks and component failure.

4. Seal Kit

A seal kit contains all the seals and o-rings needed to repair the hydraulic cylinder. It is crucial to use high-quality seals to ensure proper functioning and prevent leaks.

5. Safety Gear

Safety gear, including gloves, goggles, and protective clothing, is crucial to prevent injuries during hydraulic cylinder repair.

HEMS Hydraulic Cylinder Tools

HEMS is a leading manufacturer of hydraulic cylinder repair tools, offering a range of innovative and high-quality products to simplify and improve the repair process. Our tools include:

1. Hydraulic Cylinder Honing Machine

The HEMS hydraulic cylinder hone is a portable and lightweight tool designed to remove rust, corrosion, and other debris from the cylinder bore. It comes with replaceable abrasive stones and is available in various sizes to suit different types of cylinders. You can find the HEMS CH14 here. 

2. Automatic Digital Cylinder Tester

The HEMS Automatic Digital Cylinder Tester does exactly what it’s name says. Use it to test your hydraulic cylinder automatically using a digital screen. The HE-ADCTis designed to carry out pressure testing of up to 450 BAR in both automatic and manual testing cycles; The operator can set the parameters for the testing process from the control panel and via a touch screen monitor. You can view it here.

3. Oil Filtration Units

HEMS offer two Oil Filtration Units. The first is the HE-MF-15 and the second is the HE-MF-20. These oil filtration systems are high-end technology machines popularly used for Superfine Stage Filtration (fine solid particle removal) of lubricating and hydraulic oils.

4. Stationary Cylinder Servicing Benches

HEMS provide an abundance of stationary benches for hydraulic cylinder repair. There are 6 models depending on your needs, all varying in capacity and features. Therefore, no matter your budget, allocated floor space, or cylinders, we have the correct tools to help you. In this section we also have a barrel washer and a tester range. 

5. Portable Cylinder Rebuild Kit

HEMS Lightweight Cylinder Repair Kit is an affordable alternative to Disassembly benches available in the market.   The work station accommodates all required tooling and fixtures. This product is a piece of innovation seen, as far as we know, nowhere else on the market. If your budget won’t allow for a full stationary bench, or if those aren’t quite your needs, then this could be the answer to your problems.

All HEMS products are state-of-the-art industry quality. We have some of the most innovative products, but also some of the most reliable. We provide guaranteed quality and you can join our long list of happy customers that include CAT, JCB, Komatsu, and more.


Proper maintenance and repair of hydraulic cylinders are crucial to ensure smooth operations and maximum productivity. The use of specialized hydraulic cylinder tools can simplify and improve the repair process, reducing downtime and costs. In this article, we discussed the tools used in hydraulic cylinder repair, including the must-have tools and HEMS hydraulic cylinder tools. We hope this article has provided valuable insights into hydraulic cylinder repair and the importance of using the right tools.