Hydraulic Chair Repair

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Old 10-23-07, 09:00 AM
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Hydraulic Chair Repair

Hello! I am at a loss to find a forum that fits what I'm looking for: I work for a Spa/Salon/Health & Wellness wholesaler & distributor. I have a customer who has 3 hydraulic salon chairs that are squeaking, with the hydraulics about to fail. I've called the manufacturer, who cannot help, basically told me that they don't have anyone. Also called other salon furniture folks who said the salon would need to send the chairs to them to fix, thousands of miles away, and also contacted the original furniture designer who is in Italy who has not responded. I am at my wits end, as well as my customer, and they need their chairs fixed.

Anyone good with hydraulic chair repair here? The chairs are beyond warranty, so that is not a concern. Thank you!!
 
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Old 10-25-07, 04:07 AM
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Do they squeak when turned, or when pumped up? Do they pump up successfully and hold the pressure? Is it annoying or functional?
 
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Old 10-14-08, 02:20 PM
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Stylist Chair Repair

Well it is one year later. Did you ever learn how to get parts to repair stylists hydraulic chairs? There seems to be no end of manufacturers of chairs, most of whom will not even put their name on their product. Most of the junk comes from China, but no parts are available. I think I can repair anything, but I cannot find parts for these chairs. Any guidance that you learned will be helpful.
 
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Old 10-24-08, 06:50 PM
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Hydraulic Beauty shop Chair Repair

Well, did anyone out there ever come up with an answer for a parts source. The messages here seem to bear out what has happened to me. They want you to ship them half way round the world for repair but no parts are to be had! Sure hope some one comes up with a source. I need a hydraulic pumping part (cyl. and plunger)that screws into the bottom of the hydraulic ram housing, a piece of metal came off of something and mared the parts so that they no longer function properly.
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In my area some of the beauty supply companies refurbish used equipment.You might reach out to some of them and see what happens.I'd try local companies first rather than national chains but it probably wouldn't hurt to give them all a call.
 
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Old 10-25-08, 01:49 PM
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Working in a hospital with hundreds of office and other lift chairs we have found that there are no suppliers of replacement parts.
We are able for some models to get complete replacement lift assemblies but in most cases they cost as much as a new chair.
 
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hydraulic chair repair

Well, I reached out and pert near got my hand slapped. I feel as though they are protecting their territory, can't say as I blame them.
 
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Old 10-17-09, 10:51 AM
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dag-nabit, someone somewhere has to make replacement parts for these things.... My wife just opened a shop and she was wondering if I could modifiy one of her chairs to recline. Looking at the workings of a reclining chair, it looked like it would be quite possible. However, have run into the some thing as you did with the hydralic parts......Sure you can get the entire chair, but not the parts.
Since I am going to be the main source of repair in the salon, guess I will start chasing this down to see if there is anywhere to get repair/replacement parts. If anyone has found a source please let me know. If I do, I will post back here for all.

Just wondering, are there any markings on the pumps of the chairs that say who made them? Wonder if they have standard seals in them and would be able to get them through a "normal" parts store.

More to come when and if I locate anything.
 
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Old 10-17-09, 11:03 AM
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Yes, we still try to get replacement parts but it seems that each chair maker has their hydraulics made to order so that jobber parts are impractical.

Our maintenance department lunch room is full of extremely expensive chairs, some leather, high-back but with bolts through the hydraulic ram to position them to sitting height.

I think another problem is even inexpensive chairs if not abused last a long time.
Parts do become a problem then when they are used past what the mfr would consider a normal lifetime.
Some of our new office chairs come with a five year, 100% mechanical warranty which if you were sat on for five days a week over five years you would be pretty much worn out!
(Actually, some of us might be. )
 
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I have a question regarding hydraulic salon chairs. I had one leaking along with the cylinder not lowering. I have completely taken it apart and all the hydraulic fluid drained out, which I expected. I have fixed the issue, but I don't know how much fluid to fill back in. Any thoughts? My assumption is I don't want the entire cylinder filled with fluid or it not move properly, am I correct? Would too little of a level not allow the chair to hold a person in place?
 
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Old 01-29-10, 03:15 AM
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You need to fill the reservoir full to the top or overflowing while the chair or cylinder is in the down position.
 
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Old 02-07-10, 11:35 AM
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bourmb, as GregH said. Just fill the res up with the chair in the down position. Place the fill nut back in place and raise the chair, then lower it several times. Then check it again, with the chair in the lowered position. You may have some air in the system and this should get it out. You may have to repeat this proceedure several times. Once, you have all the air out, it should be good for a very long time.
 
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Koken Triumph Barber chair wont lift

ive got 2 koken triumph barber chairs, that i cannot get to lift, the handles wont move forward or backward but i can twist the handle to recline the chairs, i put hydraulic fluid in one of them, although i did not fill it, is there some trick involved to get these chairs to lift?
theres no foot pedals or anything, is it possible it has seized up from lack of fluid? i looked into both reservoirs and it was WET with fluid in there so i know it wasn't completely dried up.
does anyone have any advice?
 
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Bantam, welcome to the forums! If the handles won't move in either direction, there is something wrong with the plunger system or linkage. The plunger may be seized up from lack of use. the reservoir may be wet, but the plunger sits away from the wetness for most of the time.
 
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is this something that would easily be fixed? would adding hydraulic fluid correct this? is there something i can do to free it up?
 
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Old 03-26-10, 08:14 AM
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You may want to contact a Barber & Beauty supply company. They may have a list of manufactures that can assist in locating a repair facility.
Also, I was watching a program on TV called "Pawn Stars" and they needed to restore a 1940s barber chair. They took to a place in Las Vegas and they did a magnificent job in restoring it. I don't recall the name of the repair place but I do know it was in Vegas.
 
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I service hydraulic styling chairs atndependant and franchisee salons. There are some chairs that were made so complicated to repair and others are so easy. Not too longago, I did call one of the styling chair manufacturer and asked for their technical service. I just asked an easy question about the loose base and mentioned to her about the black allan key screws that hold the base. It was really a pain when she was asking for the model, where the customer bought it from, and when ? I do not think she did know anything. So what is happening when you did buy the salon with the chairs, you are in trouble.

Buy styling chairs where you can get the parts, not the one that is the cheapest. Think long term.

Also, some model hydraulic pumps are sealed, so if it is going down by itself or leaking, just get a new one. You are out of luck.

For maintenance of styling chairs, you need a lot of tools, and a spray bottom filled with hydraulic oil for jacks. Do not put WD-40, because it will get mixed with the hydraulic oil in the pump, not a good idea. You need to lubricate the shaft with the hydraulic oil and press the brake pedal up and down and move the chair left to right and right to left.


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Hi!can anybody help me??? iv just bought a hydraulic dentist chair to use whilst tattooing and have a weee problem with the height adjustment... as in its stuck in a high position and now i cant get it to drop, so it can be pumped up again. the lever which i presume is the valve does nothin'!! Its a rather old 70's style chair and i know it will be impossible to find someone to repair it... would like to see if anyone can help before i go taking it apart and potentially make it totally unusable.
 
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Hello,

I saw all of the posts on this thread and wanted to offer some help. One person was nice enough to suggest my services in this thread and I wanted to extend that.

I'm with ******, we are a salon and barber chair equipment supplier. We do service all our own chairs and sometimes carry parts that will fit others. Either way we often have fixing kits and advice for almost all of the problems listed here. A lot of these problems are common but some are very easy fixes.

*******Just verify with me or a technician to make sure they will fit your chair.

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Paul,
I am from Houston. My wife has a beauty shop with six Takara/belmont motorized hydraulic styling chairs that need to be serviced. Are you in Houston or know any repairman in this local area? Thanks

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Paul was a one-time visitor six months ago apparently trying to drum up some business and I'm afraid DIY is not a referral site.
 
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