OEM vs. Generic Hydraulic Cylinders

Purchasing a generic replacement hydraulic cylinder is usually the most economical option, but how can you be sure that a generic replacement will do the job?
OEM vs. Generic Hydraulic Cylinders

OEM vs. Generic Hydraulic Cylinders

You run a big operation and one of your machines is down due to a damaged hydraulic cylinder. You need it up and running in the quickest possible time. You need to balance that against the cost of repairing vs buying a new part or a suitable replacement. The time frame is also important. If you can get your hands on an OEM part or a suitable replacement, you might save valuable hours for the entire operation. You will need to do a cost-benefit analysis to determine what the right course of action will be for your situation. What are your options?

First up, you could have the part repaired. The rule of thumb is that a repair makes sense if the cost doesn’t exceed 60-70% of the cost of a new component. If the repair will be more expensive than that, a new unit is worth considering. 

If your hydraulic cylinder is too damaged to be repaired, you can purchase an exact replacement part or OEM to get your machine back on track. This option, however, comes with its own set of challenges. An exact replacement part is often not available. Sometimes, it’s simply not affordable.

A third option is purchasing a generic replacement cylinder. This is usually the most economical option, but how can you be sure that a generic replacement will do the job? Especially when there’s been a lot of inferior products presented as the real deal in the industry.

Buying and using suitable replacement parts represent a financial risk and a safety risk. If a cylinder doesn’t perform as expected, the damage caused to machinery could cause major downtime. Even worse, a failing hydraulic cylinder can cause real harm to your team while you’re working.

That’s why it’s so important to know where your parts are from and to work with a reputable company with a solid track record. Suitable replacement parts can shorten lead times on critical components like hydraulic cylinders. Make sure to mitigate the risks posed by replacement parts by working with a manufacturer that has a proven track record. Stick to the teams that have their own workshops and ask if they are using a ISO certified quality system when manufacturing their parts.

Hydraulic cylinders for sale from Kappa Engineering

Kappa Engineering has been building and fixing hydraulic cylinders for over 30 years. We have developed an exceptional track record and offer exceptional service to our clients. 

We offer three key product ranges in generic hydraulic cylinders: the Kappa Engineering Tipper Series, the Kappa Engineering 150 Series and the Kappa Engineering 250 Series. Beyond these three ranges, we also use our technical expertise to deliver custom hydraulic cylinders. We can design any custom hydraulic cylinder to fit any needs you might have.

So, what sets Kappa Engineering apart?

The decision to purchase a hydraulic cylinder from Kappa Engineering means peace of mind for you because Kappa Engineering is a recognised brand with a reputation you can lean on. Tried and tested, off the shelf and ready to ship – you can’t find an easier solution. All our hydraulic cylinders come with a comprehensive product warranty because we are confident that our products are engineered to the highest quality standards. We focus on providing the highest quality products because we focus on:

  • Workmanship
  • Quality control
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Technical capacity
  • Fast turnaround times


Generic hydraulic cylinders are more cost effective than their OEM counterparts. As long as you have a reliable source, both OEM and generic hydraulic cylinders are viable options.

At Kappa Engineering, you can benefit from our years of experience and knowledge. We can advise you on the best option for you so that you get the most suitable replacement part. What’s not to love – that’s money saved, a warranty in hand, a great generic product and it’s locally manufactured.

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