Compared to meter-in and meter-out circuits, a bleed-off circuit is less commonly used. Figure 1.10 shows a bleed-off circuit with extend stroke control. In this type of flow control, an additional line is run through a flow-control valve back to the tank. To slow down the actuator, some of the flow is bledoff through the flow-control valve into the tank before it reaches the actuator. This reduces the flow into the actuator, thereby reducing the speed of the extend stroke.
The main difference between a bleed-off circuit and a meter-in/meter-out circuit is that in a bleed-off circuit, opening the flow-control valve decreases the speed of the actuator, whereas in the case of a meter-in/meter-out circuit, it is the other way around.
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