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Tie Rod Cylinders

Yates NFPA tie rod cylinders are built to outperform.

tie rod cylinders


H6 Heavy Duty Hydraulic

Our H6 cylinder is built to handle the most rugged applications and is in high demand for clamping, stamping, forging, bending, tilt and shearing processes.

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A4 Heavy Duty Pneumatic

For applications where pneumatic cylinders are preferred over hydraulics, our A4 Heavy-Duty Pneumatic is an excellent choice.

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H4 Medium Duty Hydraulic

Built solidly for medium-duty applications, our H4 Medium-Duty Hydraulic Cylinder is a great choice for clamping, stamping, forging, bending, tilt and shearing jobs.

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L4 Permanently Lubricated Pneumatic

Yates L4 cylinders are designed for high-cycle, long stroke applications. They are additionally well suited for applications that do not offer inline oilers.

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A2 Light Duty Pneumatic

This cylinder is ideal for all types of automation where lightweight pneumatic cylinders are required.

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H2 Light Duty Hydraulic

Our H2 models are a top choice for any application where lightweight hydraulic cylinders are required.

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When you’re looking for a reliable tie rod cylinder from heavy-duty to light-duty hydraulics and pneumatics, Yates has one that's sure to fit your needs:

  • Bore Size From 1.5" - 24"
  • 23 Different Mount Types
  • NFPA, JIC Interchangeability, & custom
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty
  • Specials to 50" Dia. Bore & Length over 48' feet

*Special Cylinders available per customer requirements.

Learn about custom cylinder options with our Product Configurator.


What Is a Tie Rod Cylinder?

Yates Cylinders Your Cylinder SourceA hydraulic cylinder, also referred to as a linear hydraulic motor, is a mechanical actuator used in many applications such as manufacturing, machinery, construction and civil engineering. These cylinders generate their power through pressurized hydraulic fluid and propel vehicles and machines through a unidirectional force. There are many varieties of hydraulic cylinders. Here’s what you need to know about these cylinders:

Tie rod style hydraulic cylinders utilize strong threaded steel rods to secure two end caps to the cylinder’s barrel. There are small-bore style cylinders and large bore cylinders. Small-bore cylinders typically contain four tie rods, while large cylinders require as many as 20 tie rods to secure the end caps. Tie rod hydraulic cylinders can be disassembled easily for service, replacement or customization.

Tie Rod Cylinders vs. Welded Cylinders

Although both tie rod and welded cylinders are utilized in power fluid systems, they have visible differences. The end caps used to keep the cylinders together make the most significant difference. Welded cylinders are manufactured with the end caps fixed to the barrel. The fittings and mounts are also welded to each respective cap. The designs are static and cannot be altered.

Welded cylinders are more complex and expensive than their tie rod counterparts, but they offer advantages. They are durable, compact and can weather high pressures. Because the welded cylinder is compact, they are popular in industries where space is limited. The durability makes these cylinders ideal for harsh settings such as steel mills or offshore oil refineries. However, the complexness of the design makes them more challenging to repair.

On the other hand, cylinders of the tie rod variation have four or more threaded tie bolts that hold together the cylinder tube. Tie cylinders are common in the U.S. because they are easy to repair and disassemble. They have a bulkier design that features static seals between the cylinder barrel and the end cap. These designs are often used in plastics or machinery applications.

NFPA Cylinders

Several years ago, manufacturers decided to adopt criteria to standardize linear actuators’ features and designs. Features such as port sizes, cylinder dimensions and mounting styles have been standardized to ensure cylinders are easily interchangeable between manufacturers. This means that any NFPA tie rod air cylinder can be replaced by another cylinder from a certified vendor.

The National Fluid Power Association is a U.S. organization that currently sets regulations and dimensions for hydraulic tie-rod cylinders. NFPA cylinders come in both hydraulic and pneumatic versions and are available in aluminum, steel and stainless steel models. All NFPA cylinders, also referred to as Joint Industry Council cylinders, come with four tie rods secured with end caps.

Cylinder Repair

Yates Cylinders is a respected leader in the hydraulics industry. We sell all varieties of cylinder parts, including small and large bore options. We also manufacture hydraulic cylinders, all of which are designed to NFPA standards. If you need to replace or repair an NFPA cylinder, we have the manufacturing mechanisms in place to quickly and affordably repair the cylinder. If you need a replacement part for your cylinder to get your manufacturing process running again, we can sell you the part and repair any other malfunctioning cylinder mechanisms.

Yates Cylinders also builds customized cylinders to be used in various industrial applications, including manufacturing, construction, mobile machinery, and more. No matter your industry, we can design a tie rod hydraulic cylinder to automate or simplify your industrial process. All of the custom cylinders we build are affordable and built to NFPA standards to allow for easy repair in the future.


Ideal for demanding foundry, steel mill, plastics, and stamping industries. Tie rod cylinder application range from clamping, shearing and forging, to bending, press, and counterbalance. All our tie rod cylinders are manufactured with pride at our St. Clair Shores, Michigan facility.

24/7 Pneumatic and Hydraulic Cylinder Repair

The highest quality cylinder repair the FIRST time, EVERY time!

Profit-robbing breakdowns to your pneumatic and air cylinders don’t always happen during business hours. That’s why Yates' expert repair team is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to handle your cylinder repair. In addition to repairs we also offer cylinder replacements. Yates Cylinders offers the following:

  • Tie rod cylinder repairs that stand up to your original specs
  • When we say 24/7, we mean it
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Quick delivery and expediting
  • ISO 9001:2015 certified
  • Warranty on all hydraulic, pneumatic and custom cylinder repairs
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With over 50 years of experience in hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, our team can provide industry leading solutions for your cylinder needs.

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