Authorized Solutions Provider for Aggressive Hydraulics

Authorized Solutions Provider for Aggressive Hydraulics Since 2009, Coastal Hydraulics has been an Authorized Solutions Provider (ASP) for Aggressive Hydraulics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of purpose-built, application-specific hydraulic cylinders and components that address the unique challenges associated with a broad range of industries and geographies. As one of only a very few Authorized Solutions Providers nationwide, Coastal Hydraulics is the exclusive representative of Aggressive in the Carolinas – providing sophisticated on-the-ground customer service actively supported by Aggressive’s advanced design expertise and engineering resources.

Learn more about our relationship with Aggressive Hydraulics.

posted March 23, 2018

Yearly Hydraulic Cylinder Maintenance Tips


hydraulic cylinder maintenance tipsOur friends at Aggressive Hydraulics posted an article in 2016 that is relevant today. Below are some of the highlights and a link to the article.

  1. Ensure proper fluid conditioning
  2. Examine rod quality and finish
  3. Inspect piston seals, valves and rod seals
  4. Review cylinder tube

Read the article here

posted March 15, 2018

Check Out Our New HVOF Video

Our new HVOF Video is now online!  Click here to watch our video and learn more about HVOF and our capabilities to coat your components.  We also discuss several industries that have benefitted from HVOF industrial coatings as well as our HVOF booth’s capacity.

Contact us with questions!

posted March 9, 2018

Complete Cylinder Repair and Replacement Services at Coastal Hydraulics

Cylinder Rebuild
Cylinders Painted & Prepped for Delivery

Did you know that Coastal Hydraulics can troubleshoot, diagnose, repair, and replace cylinders in-house?  We offer comprehensive cylinder services for many industries including steel mills, paper mills, marine and ship building, boom trucks, construction equipment, and many others.

Some of our hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder services include whole cylinder and component machining; written failure analysis including clearance measurements per IFPS standards; HVOF industrial coatings for longer lasting and better performing components; custom seals for unique applications.

Mining equipment new replacement cylinders
Mining equipment new replacement cylinders

We are also an Authorized Solutions Provider for Aggressive Hydraulics and work together to provide solutions for the mobile hydraulic cylinder industry.

We are approved as an Advanced Warranty Repair center for many companies including Enerpac, Hiab & Fassi Cranes, Alaska & North Pacific Crane, Simplex, and BVA Hydraulics.

Coastal Hydraulics is an Authorized Distributor of Hanna Cylinders, Simplex Porter-Power high pressure cylinders, BVA, Enerpac, Peninsular and many others.

Learn more about our cylinder services and capabilities by visiting our website.


posted February 2, 2018

Coastal Hydraulics is Hiring

Coastal Hydraulics is HiringOur company is expanding, and we need more hands on deck! We are currently accepting resumes for Machinists and Senior Hydraulic Mechanics.

Please visit our website to submit your resume and any additional documentation you have outlining your hydraulic and pneumatic experience.

We look forward to hearing from you!


posted January 31, 2018

A New Year at Coastal Hydraulics

A Letter From The President of Coastal Hydraulics

As we embark on a new year I wanted to share an update on what has been taking place at Coastal Hydraulics.

2017 was extraordinary as we experienced several months of record revenue, completion of a number of sizable marine industry projects, expansion of our geographic reach, and a series of staff additions.

With the introduction of HVOF industrial coating capabilities two years ago and recent ramp-up in the volume of customers served, we are implementing a more sophisticated work order scheduling software system to speed the pace of operations and better ensure repair completions within our customers’ turnaround expectations.

Further, increased work order volumes required that we grow our staff, and thus we were pleased to welcome several new members to the team:

Our account and project management group expanded with the addition of Scott Raynor, Account Executive. Scott’s prior experience includes more than fifteen years of hydraulic component and repair sales, and his primary geographic responsibilities for Coastal Hydraulics are for the Pee Dee region of South Carolina as well as Eastern North Carolina and beyond.

We also named a new Senior Hydraulics Mechanic, Les Aubrey. Les has logged nearly twenty years of experience in hydraulic repair, service, maintenance, and parts sourcing. He comes to us from Western Pennsylvania.

Daniel Campbell, Hydraulics Mechanic, joined the Coastal Hydraulics organization in the Fall of 2017. He is a certified welder and hydraulics mechanic who has many years of experience serving steel mills, offshore oil rigs, shipyards and other demanding industry segments. He joins us from South Alabama.

Howie Newman came to Coastal Hydraulics recently as a part-time pick-up and delivery specialist. After starting his career in the United States Navy, Howie went on to successfully serve in a series of management positions, including roles with the Boeing Company.

Curtis Dickens, Technical Services Manager, is our most recent addition. He is tasked with supporting our customers and Account Executives with complex troubleshooting, hydraulic and pneumatic systems design, and the proper application of HVOF industrial coatings. Prior to joining Coastal Hydraulics, Curtis devoted twenty years toward managing the maintenance of C-17, C-130, C-5A/B and C-141B aircraft for the United States Air Force.

Michael Brown, Coastal Hydraulics’ Operations Manager, recently celebrated 17 years of service. His dedication was rewarded not long ago with an expanded role to include oversight for all work orders and shop management. Further, Michael has been instrumental in the development of our new scheduling system. He’s exceptionally customer-focused and will continue to be pivotal to our success.

The changes that have taken place and those which are being planned for Coastal Hydraulics are certain to improve our business processes, workflows, and most importantly our customers’ experiences. We look forward to a prosperous 2018 and sincerely appreciate the confidence our customers and business partners place in us.

Kindest regards,

J. Brett Bennett


Coastal Hydraulics

2251 Technical Parkway

Charleston, SC 29406


posted January 27, 2018

Spotlight on Safety: Safety Awareness Training from IFPS

fluid power society

The International Fluid Power Society offers safety training as well as safety posters and cards to members and non members.

Safety training courses include:

  • Hydraulics Safety Training
  • “In The Line of Fire: Causes and Dangers of Fluid Injection Injuries”
  • “Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility”

Visit the IFPS website to learn more about the safety training materials and courses available.


posted November 20, 2017

We Are Hiring Hydraulic Mechanics

Coastal Hydraulics is currently hiring hydraulic mechanics.  See the job description and details below.  To apply, contact Joyce Maffett at or by phone at 843-572-5714 or complete the form on our Careers page.


The primary responsibility of the Hydraulic Mechanic is to service and repair various cylinders, pumps, motors, and power units-including testing, trouble-shooting, repair and assembly. You must be able to:

  • Diagnose problems and give recommendations for repairs
  • Use schematics and diagnostic equipment to investigate hydraulic or pneumatic system problems
  • Evaluate, tear down and repair cylinders, pumps, motors and power units
  • Inspect parts and various components. Determine if parts are re-workable and write up service report
  • Reassemble components when repair is complete and prepare for delivery to customer

The qualified individual will have the following skills and experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years fluid power experience (hydraulic, pneumatic and/or electro-mechanical) or equivalent training
  • Ability to read hydraulic schematics
  • Ability to fully understand hydraulic systems- size and build, preferred
  • Basic mechanical abilities and /or formal mechanical training
  • Ability to use a variety of hand tools and operate jib cranes and forklifts without assistance
  • Ability to use various tools for measurement (micrometer, id micrometer, and calipers)
  • Ability to complete field service work independently
  • Ability to trouble shoot and properly diagnose failure of hydraulic pumps
  • Ability to identify a wide range of fluid power manufacturers and to recognize their products and complete initial parts quoting
  • Regularly required to sit, stand and lift up to 75 lbs. required
  • Overtime may be required during extended weekday hours or for plant shutdowns on weekends or during call rotation


Position is located in Charleston, SC.  Coastal Hydraulics, Inc. offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits including 401k, company paid healthcare premiums and long-term disability.  Background check (including criminal record) and drug screening are required.

posted November 8, 2017

What is HVOF and Why is it Better Than Hard Chrome?

Coastal Hydraulics’ resident HVOF expert, Curtis Dickens, frequently speaks on HVOF Coating – High Velocity Oxygen Fuel – and why it is superior to hard chrome coatings.  Some highlights of typical questions answered during one of our HVOF presentations are below.  Contact Curtis at for more information or to request a presentation for your company. Learn more about HVOF by clicking here.

What is HVOF Thermal Spraying?

HVOF stands for High Velocity Oxygen Fuel.  An HVOF thermal spraying system uses the combustion of gases to fuel the flame for spraying – Coastal Hydraulics uses ethanol as it generates no hazardous waste or byproduct and is environmentally friendly.

Why was HVOF technology created?

The cutting edge and environmentally friendly HVOF technology provides a safe working environment for associates repairing and coating components.  HVOF also provides a long-term, robust repair solution for hydraulic, pneumatic and fluid power components.

Why replace hard chrome plating?

The hard chrome plating process produces large amounts of toxic waste, including hexavalent chrome which is a known carcinogen.  The EPA and OSHA have mandated more stringent stack emission levels as well as lowering of permissible exposure limits for workers.  The use of hard chrome plating has increased costs and risks for businesses.

What are some other benefits of HVOF coatings?

In addition to environmental and safety benefits, HVOF coatings provide many benefits to customers.  Some of these include:  high density with low porosity; improved corrosion barrier; higher hardness ratings (1400 on Vickers scale whereas chrome is 930); improved wear resistance (HVOF coatings last 3 times longer than chrome, seals last approximately 200% longer); high bond strength; thick coatings; smoother than other sprayed surfaces

Give some examples of industries that use HVOF and the parts and components that can be HVOF sprayed.

Many industries can benefit from HVOF coatings.  In particular, we have seen dramatic results in the marine industry (cargo handling, ship building and repair), the power industry (2 re-seals and a polish over the course of 2 years with HVOF verses 4 re-seals and 4 re-chromes on the same chrome plated part), and heavy equipment such as cranes and construction equipment.  Fluid power, hydraulic and pneumatic repairs in cylinders, corner groups, strut rods, linkage pins, and rotating shafts have benefitted greatly from HVOF coatings in our experience.

How can I learn more about HVOF coatings for my applications?

Call me, Curtis Dickens, at 843-572-5714. Email me at, or visit our website at


posted October 2, 2017

The Importance of Preventive Maintenance of Hydraulic Systems

An informative article on Reliability Web outlines the importance of preventive maintenance of hydraulic systems and notes that the lack of proper maintenance is the leading source of hydraulic component and system failure.

Click to read the article – Maintenance of Hydraulic Systems

Coastal Hydraulics offers preventive and corrective maintenance of hydraulic systems and components to keep machines operational.

  • Protect Machinery During Summer Heat
  • Keep Machines Running and Profits Increasing
  • Maintain Machines for Optimal Performance
  • Increase Machinery Lifespan with Routine Maintenance
  • Avoid Downtime and Costly Repairs

Learn more about Coastal Hydraulics’ capabilities by watching our video or contact us with questions or to request a quote.

posted June 17, 2017

Hydraulics & Pneumatics Experts – The Coastal Hydraulics Team

Coastal Hydraulics TeamAt  Coastal Hydraulics, we know that our company’s success is due to our team of dedicated and experienced professionals. We are proud to be an ISO 9001:2008 registered company since 1999.  With over 200 years of combined hydraulics and pneumatics experience under one roof, the experts at Coastal Hydraulics are sure to find the most efficient solutions for your hydraulic and pneumatic needs.

Our team members hold many certifications from the International Fluid Power Society including: Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic, Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic, Mobile Hydraulic Technician. Coastal Hydraulics also has technicians who have completed the Mobile Crane and Rigging Inspector training and are certified by the Crane Inspection and Certification Bureau. In addition, we have welders who are Section 9 qualified by the American Society of Engineers and approved by the American Bureau of Shipping.

Learn more about our team and our company – click here to visit our website.

posted September 15, 2016

Coastal Hydraulics Adds HVOF Coatings to Services

Coastal Hydraulics has a new offering to customers: HVOF (High Velocity Oxy Fuel) coatings to replace hard chrome coatings. The innovative technology is new to the hydraulics and pneumatics industries, and Coastal Hydraulics is the only company in the Carolinas and Georgia to offer HVOF coatings.

Some of the benefits of HVOF coatings include:

  • Prolonged part/component life
  • Improved resistance against wear and chemicals
  • Improved part/component performance
  • Decreased machinery down time
  • Reduced whole life cycle coating costs
  • Lower environmental impact than other coating options

Learn more about HVOF coatings and our in house capabilities by visiting our website –

posted September 12, 2016