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A hydraulic cylinder is a mechanical actuator used to supply unidirectional force through a unidirectional stroke. Hydraulic cylinders are found in almost every market and are available in a number of configurations. The two main types of hydraulic cylinders are Tie-rod and Welded. Each one of these cylinder types can have unique applications because of their designs. Tie-rod cylinders are often set up in light to moderate duty applications and tend to be designed to become repaired or re-loaded if required. Welded cylinders are designed for most applications and so are more complex in design but are generally more difficult to repair because of the welded style. Welded cylinders are typically a better solution due to their compact design and when a more robust style is important in an application.