Regular maintenance of hydraulic cutters is essential for eliminating minor problems, detecting faults that could cause failure of the tool in a rescue situation, and saving money on spare parts and labour by addressing issues before they become more serious and costly. The checks that must be carried out are the same irrespective of the cutter model.
Following are the suggestions from PT Hydraulics Australia to maintain the Lukas hydraulic cutters:
- After the completion of each use, whether it is for an incident or training, the cutter should be visually inspected, with special attention given to the blades, body and hoses
- Blades should be checked for visible damage, sharpness and cleanliness. The condition of the centre bolt and shim plates should be inspected and checked for debris, such as dirt or glass fragments
- The centre bolt should be tensioned on a regular basis. The body of the cutter must be inspected for evidence of oil leaks, while also ensuring that the protective boot is in good condition
- The operation of the star grip (handle control) should be checked, ensuring it functions smoothly when released
- Hoses and couplings must also be inspected for cleanliness, evidence of defects (cracks and kinks) and oil leaks, at the connection to the valve block
PT Hydraulics Australia Pty. Ltd. provide a range of solutions to Australian Industry. They supply market leading industrial hydraulics from Power Team, Stone, Globe, Argo Hytos & Youli. Their product range extends to include the emergency & safety industries, with hydraulic rescue tools such as hydraulic cutters, spreaders and rams from Lukas, as well as High & Low Pressure lifting airbags, and a full range of rescue accessories. They also offer cutting solutions, including the Petrogen Cutting torch, capable of cutting steel up to 30cm thick.