Adjusting Forklift Hydraulic Cylinder Stroke Length

Adjusting Forklift Hydraulic Cylinder Stroke Length

What is a forklift hydraulic cylinder?

A forklift hydraulic cylinder is a component that converts fluid power into linear mechanical force and motion. It consists of a piston, a rod, a cylinder barrel, and end caps. The piston moves back and forth inside the cylinder barrel, and the rod is attached to the piston and extends out of the end cap.

Why is adjusting stroke length important?

Adjusting stroke length is important because it affects the performance and efficiency of the forklift. Stroke length refers to the distance the piston travels inside the cylinder barrel. If the stroke length is too short, the forklift may not be able to lift loads as high as it should. If the stroke length is too long, the forklift may use more energy than necessary and cause unnecessary wear and tear on the hydraulic system.

How to adjust stroke length?

To adjust stroke length, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the forklift and release the pressure in the hydraulic system.
  2. Remove the end cap from the hydraulic cylinder.
  3. Adjust the position of the stop tube to change the maximum travel distance of the piston.
  4. Reassemble the hydraulic cylinder and test the forklift to make sure it is functioning properly.


Adjusting forklift hydraulic cylinder stroke length is crucial to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the forklift. Proper adjustment can also save energy and maintenance costs. Contact us at Boom Cylinder for high-quality hydraulic cylinders that meet your specific needs.


Q: Can I adjust stroke length without disassembling the hydraulic cylinder?

A: It depends on the design of the hydraulic cylinder. Some cylinders have external adjustments that allow you to change the stroke length without disassembly. However, most cylinders require disassembly to adjust the stroke length.

Q: How often should I check and adjust stroke length?

A: It is recommended to check and adjust stroke length every 6 months or 1000 hours of operation, whichever comes first. However, if you notice any issues with the forklift's lifting capacity or hydraulic system, it is important to check and adjust stroke length immediately.

Q: What is the maximum stroke length of a forklift hydraulic cylinder?

A: The maximum stroke length varies depending on the forklift model and hydraulic cylinder design. However, most forklift hydraulic cylinders have a stroke length of 24-36 inches.

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Please consult a professional before attempting to adjust hydraulic cylinder stroke length.

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