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What Is A Wet Kit?

May 30, 2008
Wet kits are kits installed on trucks or semi-trucks that have a Power Take Off, which is commonly called PTO. The PTO usually activates the hydraulic pump, which is installed on the truck along with accessories like a boom or crane. When the hydraulic pump is activated, the accessories connected to it become operational.

There are various components in each wet kit. These include PTOs, pumps, control valves, filters, reservoirs (tanks), and/or hydraulic hoses and fittings. When the PTO activates the hydraulic pump, it gets started and pushes the hydraulic fluid through the hoses and into the cylinders. Here they can lift the loads or perform any other desired operations. After lifting the loads, the discharged fluid is returned to the reservoir. It is again sucked by the hydraulic pump, continuing the closed cycle indefinitely.

The complete wet kit machine can be purchased from various manufacturers in the market. You can also purchase the individual components of the machine. Some other types of wet kits (also called wetline kits) that are available are:
  1. Wetline kits for dumper trailers - These wetline kits for the dumpers can produce up to 3000psi of pressure. They come with a control valve and a single acting cylinder. Tailor made kits, as per your requirements, are also available.
  2. Wetline kits for utility trailers - These wetline kits have the capacity to produce high pressures for low flow of the fluids.
Apart from these, wetline kits of various other capacities for different applications are available on the market. The capacities of these systems depend upon the pressure developed by the hydraulic pump and the flow of the hydraulic fluid. As the flow of the hydraulic fluid increases, the size of the reservoir also increases accordingly.

As such there is no standard size of wetline kit. They are usually tailor made as per the requirements of the customers. When purchasing a wetline kit, it's advisable to consult the manufacturer directly and explain your detailed requirements. They would then suggest to you a specific wetline kit of a suitable type and capacity for your applications.

There are various possible arrangements of the hydraulic pump (dump pump) and valve system that control the flow of the fluid. Some of these arrangements are:
  1. Two line dump pump system - In this system the dump pump and control valve are integrated with each other. This is useful for the dump trailer that uses it intermittently.
  2. Three line dump system - In this system the hydraulic pump and the control valve are integrated, just like in the last system. However, this system can be used for the dump trailers that have to run continuously.
  3. Separate pump and control valve system - In this system the hydraulic pump and the control valve are separated from each other.
There more possible arrangements for wetline kits. For your exact requirements, it is recommended that you consult the manufacturer to find out the systems suitable for your application.
About the Author
Many people can tell the difference between tow Crane truck, dump truck bodies, and truck bodies in California. However, James Handrousen can also tell you how they all work. When it comes to wet line kits, he knows how important it is to get the best truck equipment possible. So he has learned all about California truck bodies and Sacramento hydraulics.
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