Let’s say you attempt to start your tractor and your starter does not engage. No click of the solenoid, nothing happens at all. Before assuming your starter is bad, grab your DMM and set it to DC Volts. Remove the wire going to the small terminal of your starter solenoid and connect the red probe of your DMM to the wire. Now connect your black probe to a ground. Turn your tractor’s key. Your DMM reads no voltage. This tells you that power is not going from your battery to the solenoid. Next remove the wires from the back of your ignition switch that are connected to the “B” and “S” terminals on your switch. Set your DMM to Continuity and connect your probes to the “B” and “S” terminals of the switch. Turn your tractor’s key and if there is no “beep” you know your ignition switch has a short internally and should be replaced.
Since liquids exert force equally in all directions we can multiply the force it gives by increasing the surface area in which we want the liquid to push against. Typically we apply this principle in a hydraulic cylinder. The greater the surface area at the end of the cylinder, the more force gets exerted on the moving piston.
Do you want to turn your old garden tractor into a serious earth moving machine? How about convert your manual lift system into a power system? Want to add a rear PTO? Do you want to multiply your engine’s power by 1,000 times or more? It’s all possible by using the science behind hydraulic power!
This can be illustrated with this math formula: Force = Pressure x Area.So if we were to push liquid at 1,000 psi into a cylinder with an end area of 2 square inches we would produce 2,000 pounds of force. If we were to enlarge the end area by using a larger diameter hydraulic cylinder with a 4 square inch end area, we would produce 4,000 pounds of force. Since the displacement of the larger cylinder will be greater, our cylinder will move slower but with greater force. Like all other forms of mechanical advantage, we trade speed for power.