- A hydraulic system is generally small and compact but with very large output force.
- Changing the actuator to a different size easily changes the amount of force output.
- Hydraulics is versatile; a single power unit can operate many actuators. Most components can be mounted in any position.
- Hydraulic systems are by nature expandable due to modular, component-based design.
- Force limiting is a natural feature to hydraulic systems.
- Stalling the actuator does no harm to the actuator or the system.
- A hydraulic actuator can be started and stopped abruptly without damage to the components.
- Hydraulics provides infinitely variable speed by flow adjustment.
- Both linear and rotary motion is possible. Cylinders provide linear motion. Motors provide rotary motion.
- Abruptly reversible force direction is another desirable feature of fluid power systems.
- Durability – Hydraulic systems require fewer parts, making them more durable.
- Cost – Hydraulic systems are much more cost efficient than pneumatic systems, because hydraulic systems offer much better efficiency of use