Block Cylinders review: VEGA V450CM Vs AHP MERKLE BZ 500

Block Cylinders review: VEGA V450CM Vs. AHP MERKLE BZ 500

There is a strange taboo in Europe, absent in USA, that of comparative advertising on hydraulic cylinders. We might think of it as offensive even to simply list the major differences between products from different manufacturers.

Strangely enough we have no problems when it comes to cars, bikes or other items linked to our life. So today Vega start writing posts giving more insight on specific products with the aim to help confused customers, of fearful sales agents to understand simple differences among hydraulic cylinders.

This post is meant to be useful and practical while choosing the most suitable compact cylinder for your application.

The table below contains some of the main differences between Compact Cylinders VEGA V450CM Vs. AHP MERKLE BZ 500.

Vega V450CM

AHP Merkle BZ 500

Bores up to 100 mm

Bores up to 200 mm

Nitrocarburated rod for better tribologic behavior

Hardened and Chrome plated rod

For a given bore size, rod is generally smaller. More pulling force

For a given bore size, rod is larger. Less compression

Above bore 50, body length and width are smaller

Body length is smaller for bores below bore 50.

Recessed clamping screws for saving space (keyway)

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More compact mechanical switches

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Proximity switches available

Small oil supply holes for less impact forces

Large oil supply oil for greater speed

One-piece cartridge for better precision

Sometimes a bronze bushing is in the cartridge

Keyway and screws positions often don’t match

Keyway and screws positions often don’t match

Screw size at rod end often don’t match

Screw size at rod end often don’t match

Oil ports position and sometimes size don’t match

Oil ports position and sometimes size don’t match

Shaft height (keyway version) different from bore 63

Shaft height (keyway version) different from bore 63

Rod protrusion is different

Rod protrusion is different

Double rod as a special version

Double rod in the catalogue

See Vega V450CM catalogue.

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