Tradeoff in mechanical leverage

Here’s another Flint Hydraulics Tech Tip: In mechanical leverage, does an input force of 10 lbs and an output force of 100 lbs mean we’re getting something for nothing? No. Because the long arm is ten times the length of the short arm, the long arm must move ten times the distance that the short arm  moves. While we gain force by a factor of ten, we lose distance (speed) by a divisor of ten. We experience this same tradeoff in hydraulics. Need help troubleshooting? Call out team today at 901-794-4884, or email


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