Which reservoir tank to choose?

There are different hydraulic reservoir styles to choose from. The many different shapes and sizes can include machine bases, transmission housings and standalone tanks, which is why it is important to consider the following when choosing the right reservoir style for your system’s design:  

  • How easy it is to maintain and service?
  • Where will the system be located?
  • What fluid type will it be holding?
  • What is the pump inlet configuration?

The four designs that are the most popular within industrial hydraulic systems are the conventional style, vertical style, overhead style and L-shaped style.

Conventional reservoir style

This style of reservoir includes a rectangular V-bottom tank with a pump assembly which is mounted horizontally onto the reservoir cover. When it comes to servicing this type of reservoir the pump can be removed and replaced without needing to drain the fluid.

Vertical reservoir style
This style of reservoir incorporates a tall, square tank with the pump and motor mounted vertically. The electric motor is mounted above the tank cover and the hydraulic pump is mounted below the cover which is inside the reservoir. Having this design means that the overall space requirements is less. To maintain this reservoir the cover will need to be removed allowing access to the pump, but the pump itself can be removed without having to drain the fluid.

Overhead reservoir style

This reservoir includes a rectangular, V-bottom tank which is mounted above the pump assembly on a base frame. When it comes to servicing the reservoir, it is only limited by the reservoir location.

L-shaped reservoir style

The design of this reservoir is very similar to the overhead style. It is a tall, narrow rectangular tank with the pump/motor assembly which is mounted beside the tank on a common base frame. Due to this design, you will have full access to the hydraulic pump for servicing.

Power Team SA, leading suppliers of hydraulic components and accessories, knows the importance of having the correct reservoir within your hydraulic system. Through years of experience, Power Team SA can provide expert and professional solutions to all of your reservoir needs, including after sales Power Team SA support.