Variable Speed Gas Springs

Gas Spring Installation & Safety

Thank you for purchasing a Dictator Engineering Gas Spring. This guide will help to ensure the longevity of your gas springs.

Gas Spring Installation

  • Wherever possible install gas spring in a clean environment away from sources of contamination, dust and dirt.
  • Install Gas Springs piston rod downwards. However you must install pull type gas springs piston upwards.
  • Where this is not possible please consult Dictator for advice.
  • Select mounting brackets and end fittings to ensure that the gas springs don't come into contact with any lateral forces. Site mounting positions to ensure that the gas springs cannot be fully compressed or 'crushed'.
  • If necessary, fit a mechanical stop to ensure that the gas springs cannot be over-extended or 'stretched'.


Care and Maintenance

  • Dictator gas springs are sealed for life and require no lubrication
  • Never grip the piston rod with pliers or other similar tools. Damage caused to the piston rod  will result in the premature failure of the gas spring.
  • To achieve a long life gas springs should be operated no more than 6 times per minute and as a  minimum once a month.
  • Dictator gas springs with standard oils and seals will operate between -20 and +80 degrees. Avoid extreme heat or fire.

Sudden impacts and unseen forces can damage gas springs. This must always be avoided.  Always follow safe disposal instructions.


It may prove necessary to carry out step 6 a number of times to achieve the desired spring force. To avoid reducing the gas spring force too much, regularly try the gas spring on the application.

Take care not to strike the punch too hard - if the valve is damaged, all gas will be lost from the cylinder.

When the desired spring force has been achieved, replace the socket cap screw and ‘0' ring, nip tight with hexagon key, do not over-tighten.

Should the gas spring force be reduced too much, DICTATOR can refill the gas spring for a small charge.

Force Adjustment Instructions
Force Adjustment Instructions

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