Single-acting Hydraulic Cylinders

single acting hydraulic cylinder

Single acting is a type of hydraulic cylinder that has only one piston-head to which pressure is applied. Hence the work can only be carried out in one direction. Return of the piston is either performed by its own weight, or/and a load or an outside force (e.g., a spring).

Platform lifts, fork lift trucks and lifts are most frequently operated with single-acting hydraulic cylinders.