hydraulic press is used in a variety of different operations across many different working environments. From manufacturing to compacting, hydraulic presses have many uses. Today we will be looking at just a few environments and jobs where a hydraulic press can be used. 

Car Manufacturing

Manufacturing Products

One hydraulic press use is to create items such as car parts. From windshield wiper blades to clutches, a hydraulic press can be used to make even the most complex car part. Hydraulic presses are used to shape and assemble many products. This includes a variety of different electrical equipment, not just car parts. Even your thermostat could be made by a hydraulic press!

Powder Manufacturing

Compacting Products

From compressed foods to powdered makeup, hydraulic presses are used to compact many of your daily items. Even in the medical sector, medicine and tablets are often compressed using a specialised hydraulic press.

Junk Yard Press

Crushing Used Cars

You know that big machine that crushes the cars? That's usually a hydraulic press. You will find a large scale hydraulic press in most junkyards because compressing the metal provides more space. The main function of hydraulic presses is to compress metallic products into thin sheets of metal, which is why this equipment works so well in a workplace which deals with mass amounts of metal. 


Blacksmith Work

Perhaps not surprisingly, hydraulic presses are even used in blacksmith environments. A hydraulic press can provide the slow and measured hit that is sometimes needed in this line work. For example, metal tubes can be compressed to make different items. Hydraulic presses can be used for a variety of surprising tasks. 

If you think a hydraulic press would be ideal for your working environment, we have plenty in stock here at SafetyLiftinGear. Just click here to see our full range of hydraulic presses. Alternatively, if you'd like to get in touch, just give us a call on 0808 123 69 69. 

Hydraulic Press

If you work in an industrial environment, you may well have come across a Hydraulic Press before. This piece of equipment is used in a variety of different operations, such as pressing metallic objects into a sheet of metal, thinning glass, crushing cars and making powders. A hydraulic press can be used to suit the needs of most industrial environments.

So, how does a hydraulic press work? 

A hydraulic press contains two cylinders which are connected to one another. Each cylinder contains hydraulic fluid and one cylinder is larger than the other. The larger cylinder is known as the Ram and the smaller one is known as the Plunger

Liquids do not compress easily, which is why they are used in a hydraulic press. The hydraulic press works by pressing a small amount of force onto the Plunger which presses the fluid below. This pressure is then distributed evenly which in turn raises the Ram. The pressure between the Plunger and the Ram then works to crush the item placed between them. 

This works due to Pascal's Law which dictates that the pressure in the larger cylinder (the Ram) will stay the same as the pressure in the smaller cylinder (the plunger). 

To see a hydraulic press working in action, take a look at the Hydraulic Press Channel which focuses entirely on the crushing power of a hydraulic press.


What are the benefits of a hydraulic press? 

Due to the way hydraulic presses work, they also provide a multitude of different benefits when compared to a mechanical press. Here are just a few benefits of a hydraulic press.

  • Lower cost. A hydraulic press is typically much cheaper than a mechanical press due to their simple nature. The original cost is lower and the maintenance cost is also lower due to a smaller amount of breakdowns and it is easier to replace the moving parts within a hydraulic press.
  • Overload protection. If you have a 30-ton hydraulic press, this will only ever exert 30 tons of pressure. Or if you set the pressure level for less, it will only release this level of pressure. Once that level is reached, a relief valve is opened which will not allow the hydraulic press to surpass that level. 
  • Less noise. Because hydraulic presses use less moving pieces, the noise level is reduced. As you have complete control with a hydraulic press, this means you can also control the noise level. 

If you like the sound of a hydraulic press for your business, you can browse our full range of hydraulic presses here. If you'd like to get in touch with any questions, feel free to give us a call on 0808 123 69 69.

A rescue stretcher is an invaluable piece of equipment during an emergency situation. In the event that someone has been injured and must be evacuated, a rescue stretcher is the ideal product to safely transport a person to receive medical treatment.

At SafetyLiftinGear we supply two kinds of rescue stretchers that are designed for maximum comfort and the overall safety of the victim. Our stretchers are made of the highest quality materials to ensure that they are reliable.

Both are foldable and lightweight, the stretchers are made to be easily transported from location to location. They are designed to be easily manoeuvred even when a person is strapped in. Here's a closer look at the two we offer:

Cotton Fabric Aluminium Folding Rescue Stretcher

 rescue stretcher

This lightweight stretcher has a frame that can hold an impressive 300kgs, which is ideal for carrying a person safely away from danger. It can be quickly locked in position and folded away to be stored and transported easily. 

Stainless Steel Folding Rescue Stretcher

steel stretcher

Our heavier duty stretcher can support loads up to 1000kgs due to its strong and rigid frame. Perfect for carrying heavy loads for an extended amount of time.  


NOTE: Anyone using a stretcher should have had the appropriate training and competence to use it safely. The instructions provided with each stretcher is not equivalent to proper training during rescue situations. 

If you have any questions regarding our rescue stretchers, our friendly team of experts are more than happy to help. For any advice on any of our products feel free to call, 0808 123 69 69

hydraulic cylinder information

Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we supply a fantastic range of hydraulic cylinders ready to buy or hire. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you know what a 'hydraulic cylinder' is. As well as supplying useful products, we also want to help you understand them. In this blog post, we will help you understand more about hydraulic cylinders and what they are used for.

What is a hydraulic cylinder?

Hydraulic cylinders are devices that are used when trying to lift heavy loads safely and easily. The cylinder itself is capped at either end with a rod on one side. Within the interior of the cylinder there is a piston that is attached to the rod seen from the exterior. There is a liquid within the cylinder which, along with the piston, creates pressure which then creates movement.

How do hydraulic cylinders work?

The pressure itself is created when the fluid within the cylinder is forced to either side, which in turn forces the piston to extend or retract. This is referred to as ‘Pascal’s Principle’ which is the method of creating pressure in a certain way that creates additional pressure in another form that can be of use. The movement the hydraulic cylinder creates is responsible for mechanical force. It is this force that makes the hydraulic cylinder so useful for linear motion.

What are hydraulic cylinders used for?

This linear motion is useful in a wide range of applications, basically anything that may require pushing or lifting. Hydraulic cylinders are often used within construction or manufacturing environments where this lifting and pushing movement is used so frequently.

Why buy or hire a hydraulic cylinder from SafetyLiftinGear?

As with all the products we supply, our hydraulic cylinders are made to the highest quality. They are created to withstand the harsh conditions they are often used within so you can rest assured they will last time after time. All of our cylinders are fully tested and inspected before sale to make sure the chrome-plated ram, internal mechanics, and body of the cylinder are working perfectly.

With working load limits ranging from 10 to 100 tones, we guarantee that you will be able to find something to match your requirements.

If you want any more information about our hydraulic cylinders we are more than happy to help. You can also browse our full range by clicking here. Just give us a call on 0808 123 69 69. Our friendly team is here to advise you about any of the products we supply so do not hesitate to get in touch.

Confined Space

Working in a confined space can put you at a high-risk of workplace accidents. As confined spaces are fully enclosed or partially enclosed, they provide a high-risk of fire, explosions, drowning, asphyxiation, and loss of consciousness. 

This is why you need a confined space risk assessment when working in this type of working environment. A confined space risk assessment will ensure your safety in these small and restricted areas. 

Here's a look at the types of scenarios you should be prepared for when creating a confined space risk assessment for your workplace. 

What to Consider in a Confined Space Risk Assesment

  • Will the confined space contain dangerous fumes? 
  • How will you remove or ventilate the area in the event of dangerous fumes? 
  • Can liquid flood the confined space? 
  • If so, how can you stop the liquid flooding in? Can valves be shut? 
  • Will there be enough oxygen in the confined space? 
  • Can you take breathing apparatus in the confined space? 
  • If someone is working alone in the confined space, how will you know if something goes wrong?
  • How can you get someone out of the confined space if they pass out? 

What Equipment Do You Need in a Confined Space?

After completing your confined space risk assessment, it is important to acquire the necessary equipment for the job. A confined space rescue kit is a good place to start with these types of operations.

Confined Space Safety Kit

Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we provide a full confined space rescue kit which contains:

  • 1 Lightweight Aluminium Rescue Trioid with a built-in Pulley
  • 1 20mtr Man Riding Rescue Winch
  • Automatic brake
  • 1 Tripod Storage Bag
  • 1 Rescue Full Safety Harness Size M-XL
  • 1 4-Gas Detector
  • 1 10-minute Escape Kit
  • 12-month warranty

You can check out the specifications of this confined space rescue kit here. To stay safe in confined spaces make sure to check out our full range of confined space safety equipment here and be sure to complete your confined space risk assessment thoroughly.