Insane Hydraulics

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The Breakable Directional Valve Spool

Just like Dr. House's world perception is based on the "everybody lies" axiom, a hydraulic technician's is based on the "everything breaks" statement. The level of an individual's experience is therefore inversely proportional to the quantity of parts he considers "unbreakable". This philosophy is a sure road to success in the field, and the presented set of pictures shows yet another "unbreakable" by the standards of many component, namely a directional valve spool, split in half. If you thought it was impossible to break a sturdy steel spool - smile - you are one step closer to mastering industrial oil-hydraulics troubleshooting...