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ON/OFF Valves - Directional Spool Valves

On/off high power directional spool valves for subplate mounting. Available to purchase now from the AC Hydraulics online shop.

Directional Spool Valves

Directional Spool Valves

Hydraulic machinery is used widely in industry in a variety of situations from forklift trucks to digging machinery, from scissor lifts to stamping presses. Much of the work that hydraulic machinery undertakes would be extremely difficult, or even impossible, for humans unaided. One of the advantages of a hydraulic system is that large amounts of force can be extremely precisely controlled.

At its most basic a hydraulic system consists of a reservoir of pressurised hydraulic fluid, such as oil, which can be directed to create pressure in a hydraulic cylinder and thus create a force to move a load. Directional valves are needed to control the flow of the fluid to the cylinder as required.

Here at AC Hydraulics we offer a range of directional spool valves from Bosch Rexroth to suit most applications and, together with our expertise in hydraulics we are sure to be able to provide you with the most appropriate solution.
What is a directional spool valve?

Directional spool valves are a type of on/off valve and are an essential part of any hydraulic system as they allow the control of hydraulic fluid around the system. Fluid flowing between the reservoir and the cylinders is what produces the force to lift or move heavy items.

They consist of a spool (hence the name spool valve) inside a cylinder which, when moved along the cylinder directs the flow of fluid from one or more sources to one or more outlets. When the solenoid is energised it pushes the control spool along the cylinder from the rest position to the working position. This then allows fluid to flow between ports as required.

What is the use of a directional spool valve?

Directional Spool Valves start, stop and direct the flow around the system as the solenoid is energised or de-energised. Some models will return to a rest position whilst others need to be energised and the solenoid moved as required. All models contain a manual override so that the valve can be moved without energising the solenoid. Our high power high quality Bosch Rexroth valves are available in size 10 or size 6 with 4/3, 4/2, 3/2 specifications to cover most scenarios.

Are directional spool valves easy to fit?

All our directional spool valves are suitable for sub plate mounting. The wet-pin DC solenoids come with a detachable coil and the solenoid can be rotated through 90º. The electrical connections can be individual or central as required. Full technical data sheets are available and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Ordering directional spool valves from AC Hydraulics

Ordering directional spool valves from AC Hydraulics couldn’t be easier. Our easy to checkout order system is simple to get to grips with, and we aim to dispatch orders quickly, with full tracking available from Tuffnells, our preferred courier. We can deliver directional spool valves and any other hydraulic parts to all parts of the world subject to local restrictions, as we know it’s not always easy to source the parts you need locally.

If you have any queries with your order, or the ordering process itself, or you’d like to know what part best suits your application, then why not call our knowledgeable team on +44(0) 1455 611116. Alternatively, if you know what you’re looking for, why not take a look at our range to find the perfect part for your needs.

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