View Full Version : hydraulic cyl. rod turning

10-11-2005, 06:14 PM
Short of grinding off the hard chrome finish on hydraulic cylinder rods what would be the best way to remove the hard plating?I haven't tried it yet but I thought that if I could take a cut of about .020-.030 in. that would allow me to get at the soft metal underneath.

10-11-2005, 08:34 PM
I have done thousands of them.

let say you want to thread a 1.25" shaft you turn .010"-.015" just enough to get under the crome and you are good to go.
(remember when your shaft is now that it is undersized when you go to thread it.)

rock and roll, good luck,

10-12-2005, 12:16 AM
Mike is right. The chrome is not very thick. I just shortened some cylinders. Chucked up the rod and went at it from the cut end. Cut like butter with a Cobalt bit.

10-12-2005, 03:18 AM
I just finish working a piece of hydraulic rod. I use HSS and shaped it with a oversized chip breaker type profile and it took off the chrome like tinfoil.

10-12-2005, 09:04 PM
Thanks to all of those that replied, good advice as usual.I learn something new here every day.