Pros and cons of hydraulic systems

Hydraulic and pneumatic systems offer businesses various advantages when equipment using a certain system caters to the application’s needs. However, understanding the differences between the two systems, and the advantages and disadvantages of each system helps in making a well-informed decision.

Hydraulic systems present with various advantages and disadvantages that can be applied when making a decision regarding the equipment that will be needed:


  • Hydraulic systems can handle extremely heavy loads by creating a higher force due to the incompressibility of the liquids.
  • A hydraulic system can fulfil many functions simultaneously such as lubricating, cooling and power transmission.
  • These machines can operate at higher pressures and generate higher force from small-scale actuators.
  • Can be controlled with ease and accuracy.
  • The use of levers and push buttons makes it easy to start, stop, accelerate and decelerate when needed.
  • Provides constant force and torque, which cannot occur with pneumatic systems.


  • Hydraulic systems are larger and more complicated than pneumatic systems.
  • They require a tank to store the oil from which the system can draw from when needed.
  • The oil is viscous and requires more energy for it to move.
  • Costs can be higher as it requires initial power for the machine to work.
  • Leaks from faulty seals, valves or burst hoses can cause contamination, and therefore cannot be used for food applications.
  • Extra materials will be needed to patch up any leaks that may occur.

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