Hurricane Michael Relief Drive

Hurricane Michael has devastated Mexico City and Panama City among other areas of the Florida Panhandle with the most powerful storm in over 100 years.  Lightning Bay Pneu-Draulics is collecting supplies for our neighbors that were affected by the destruction of Michael.  All donations will be given to those in need.

Requested donation items include:

  • Food/drinks (self-opening canned goods, sealed crackers, peanut butter, chips and snacks, non-chocolate candy, individual juices (no refrigeration needed), powdered drink mix)
  • Cases of Bottled Water & Sport Drinks
  • Bath-sized towels and washcloths
  • Children’s shoes (all sizes)
  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Paper goods (toilet paper, plates, paper towel, bowls, cutlery)
  • Air mattresses (twin and full)
  • Sheets and pillowcases
  • Comforters/pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toiletries (deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, brushes, ETC)
  • Garbage bags
  • Diapers/Pull-ups (all sizes/ages)
  • Baby wipes
  • Coloring/activity books/crayons (for kids)
  • Batteries (C, D and AA, AAA, 9 volt)
  • First-aid kits
  • Flashlights
  • Coolers (small)
  • Ziploc bags (all sizes)
  • Cleaning supplies (Clorox Wipes, Bleach, mops, Pine Sol or Lysol)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry Detergent/dryer sheets
  • Solar led lights
  • Zip ties
  • Tarps
  • Tents
  • Canopies
  • Clean clothing
  • Plastic storage tubs
  • Cots
  • Folding chairs
  • Chain saws
  • Gas cans
  • Gift cards


Please don’t forget donations for pets and animals! If you want to help, you can donate:

  • Drinking water
  • Dog/cat food
  • Leashes
  • Collars
  • Pet toys
  • Pet beds
  • Feeding/water bowls
  • Crates
  • Cat litter & litter boxes
  • Gift cards for pets


You can also assist those who have livestock in need of feed or sweet feed.

Goats, Pigs, Cows, Horses etc.


Donations can be dropped at:

Lightning Bay Pneu-Draulics
1235 S. 82nd St. Tampa, FL 33619

Signs Your Hydraulic Pump Could Be Failing

Common Symptoms Of Hydraulic Pump Problems

The pump is probably the component most subject to wear in a hydraulic system, and the one most likely to cause a sudden or gradual failure in the system.

Hydraulic Pump RepairPump trouble is usually characterized by increased noise, increased heat, erratic operation of cylinders, difficulty or inability to develop full output, decreased speed of cylinders or hydraulic motors, or failure of the system to work at all.

Hydraulic pumps are used in almost every type of production system, from plastic mold injection machines to the common conveyor belt. With proper maintenance, most hydraulic pumps will operate smoothly for years, but eventually, the pressure inside these devices will cause failures that need to be addressed as soon as possible. Below are a few signs you should have your pump taken to a machine shop for repairs.

If your system is suffering from any of these symptoms, then that could be a clear sign that you need to repair, clean, or replace parts of your system. Never let your system run if it’s suffering from any of these problems – they are a real indicator that something is wrong and could result in serious damage to your hydraulics.

1. Unusual Sounds

Hydraulic pumps are designed to work quietly, but as parts wear down and seals deteriorate, you may begin to notice unusual noises. Banging and knocking sounds usually indicate air in the system or cavitation caused by insufficient pressure, which can have serious consequences if not corrected immediately. In many cases, these problems can be eliminated by identifying the point at which air is entering the system and taking steps to correct it.

2. Interior & Exterior Leaks

Many hydraulic leaks occur inside the machine, with no exterior signs of a malfunction. However, you may notice decreased performance, sudden drops in pressure, or oil on the outside of the pump in the case of exterior leaks. In many cases, tightening or replacing a valve or seal may correct the problem before it leads to system-wide failure.

3. Failing Seals

If your seals continuously leak and fail, your pump may be operating with a bent or misaligned rod. Depending on the extent of the damage, a skilled machine shop may be able to repair your existing equipment, allowing you to get the most out of your equipment and minimizing costs.

We are a full service Hydraulic Contractor. We provide field services to Marine and Industrial customers. We provide shop services including, manufacturing, machining, welding, fabrications, remanufacturing of components, and have years of experience in the repair, replacement, and rebuilding of hydraulic components including hydraulic cylinders, hoses, hydrostatic, pumps, etc.

We truly are your custom solution for every hydraulic scenario.  Our capabilities surpass others and our fabrication is completed in-house.

Contact us for all of your Hydraulic Pump Repair and trouble shooting needs!

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published 3-5-18



For the first time in several years, the global forecast for mining was looking up, according to a speaker at VMA’s 2018 Market Outlook event, held in August 2017.

John Craynon, senior mining engineer at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, said they are predicting an industry upturn in the next one to two years, even though commodity prices have not been strong. “A number of large projects and expansions will be coming online before 2020,” he noted. “Exploration is growing, particularly in emerging economies, and even in the U.S. for some commodities.”

According to the NMA (National Mining Association) The strength and future health of the U.S. economy depends on mining, which provides the building blocks for the everyday American experience. Mining supports nearly two million high-paying jobs and contributes to economic activity in every state.


Mining EquipmentMany of our most valuable resources are buried deep in the earth. It takes a lot of power to extract these minerals and fuels so that we can use them for our day-to-day lives. Hydraulics make this extraction possible in a safe and efficient manner.

In North America, 85% of our mining is surface mining. Surface mining is a mining process where the overlying mineral layer (called the overburden) is removed, and then the mineral is removed using tunnels or shafts. Surface mining is a two-part process, and both processes involve the power of hydraulics. Powerful earthmovers remove the overburden, allowing access to the minerals. Then gigantic excavators extract the minerals from the earth. Even transporting the materials from the mining site to the processing plant requires hydraulics, as articulating dump trucks are used to collect and transport.

Large scale operations like mining require equipment that is reliable and safe. These hydraulic cylinders are doing very powerful work, and they need to be able to hold up to the pressure put on them. Hydraulic systems and parts are found in a several equipment types including drills, conveyors, loaders, rock bolters, belt crushers and more.


Mining Equipment RepairLightning Bay Pneu-Draulics knowledgeable team of industry professionals will work with you to isolate any problems and deliver the right solution for your needs. We know that time is money, and that every moment you cannot properly use your equipment is money down the drain. Our team will provide you with fast service and reliable quotes in an effort to mediate your problem as quickly as possible.

Lighting Bay Pneu-Draulics is Florida’s leading provider of hydraulic services to the mining industry. We have the equipment, personnel, and experience to deliver on-site and off-site hydraulic services to the highest industry standards. From local to worldwide we test, troubleshoot, install, remanufacture, and redesign hydraulic cylinders, gearboxes, valves, winches, and more. Our capabilities surpass others and our fabrication is completed in-house.

  • Our technicians are Fluid Power Certified through the International Fluid Power Society and are on-call 24/7 for emergency or scheduled maintenance.
  • Service trucks w/ cranes are equipped with a torch rig, air service, welding equipment, fittings, adapters, flow meters, standard & Metric seals, etc.
  • Our mobile service trailer is equipped with industrial hydraulic hoses, fittings, adapters, hose crimpers, and tube benders.

With offices in Tampa, FL, and Jacksonville, FL, Lightning Bay Pneu-Draulics offers superior service in the maritime, industrial, manufacturing, machining and construction fields. Our main goal is to meet the customer’s demands in a timely and efficient manner while keeping their bottom line in mind.

How can we assist with your mining and industrial equipment repair needs?
Call us at (813) 655-0806, email, or fill out the contact form to get more information.



Join Our Growing Team

Our Team

One of the strongest competitive advantages any company can have is its culture. And more than anything else, a truly exceptional company culture comes down to one simple thing: its people.

At Lightning Bay, we believe our people are indeed exceptional. It’s been that way here since the company was founded in 2004 by David Fay, an entrepreneur with a vision for keeping manufacturing right here at home. Since then, Lightning Bay Pneu-Draulics has become well known as a leading provider of hydraulic, machining services and manufacturing, supplying a wide variety of industries throughout the United States and abroad.

Come make a difference with us.

Now HiringAt Lightning Bay, we have a passion for keeping manufacturing alive and well right here in the USA. Our employees feel the same way – which is one more reason we think our people are exceptional.

Our fast-paced company is fueled by those exceptional people, and we enjoy a friendly and cooperative working environment with many opportunities for advancement as our company grows. When our employees work together well, it benefits the entire company and its customers. That’s why we strive every day to hire and retain employees who fit our culture and values.

At Lightning Bay, we offer competitive benefits packages along with vacation time, sick leave and 401(k) contributions. We have evolved over the years and our company is growing. If you think your knowledge and skills can help us grow, we’d love to hear from you.

The Lightning Bay Culture

Where exceptional employees meet exceptional standards.

We place a high value on our employees. We understand that if our employees are happy, our company will continue to thrive.

At Lightning Bay, our family business mindset extends to our employees and we truly believe our people are exceptional. Our company is growing and we are looking for people like you to grow with us. Over the last year, our work force has increased by more than 60% and we are continuing to add new talent to our team.

Take a look at our our open positions to learn more about our company.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

By joining Lightning Bay, you’ll discover why so many of our employees have decided to make a career here. Our employees understand the importance of precise quality; they have a strong commitment to meeting delivery deadlines and share our renewed emphasis on growing the company’s capacity and overall capabilities. We hope you’ll consider Lightning Bay when deciding where to build your career.

Our exceptional company culture starts with our people.

Summit Machine Customer Spotlight

Summit Machine Customer Spotlight

Growing a business into the leading marine and industrial maintenance company in the Southeast is no small feat. Owners David and Pam Faye of Lightning Bay Companies have worked hard to provide customers consistent parts and services since opening their doors in 2004. They handle it all when it comes to hydraulic service: field, shop, systems, components, overhaul, and manufacturing of new components and parts.

When they began looking for an equipment company, Lightning Bay did their fair share of internet research. Offering a range of services including full industrial maintenance and construction, steel erection, and underground utility work meant finding a trusted manufacturer with an extensive and versatile product line that could consistently meet their growing business needs. What ultimately pulled them towards Summit Machine Tool Manufacturing was, “the price and product features,” says David Faye. Plus, “customer support through Summit and our dealer.”

Summit dealer Southern Machine Tool Rebuilders assisted with the installation and most recent purchase of the largest lathe in

Lightning Bay’s shop, the Summit 42-14×360 manual lathe. The length and size of the machine made for a tricky installation. Steve Wendrick of Southern Machine Tool Rebuilders carefully planned and executed the difficult task.

Since trusting Summit with their business in 2012, Faye and his team at Lightning Bay have grown their Summit machine force from one to four machines. They confess their most valuable Summit machine is the 24-4×160 manual lathe. “But all are valuable to the company and our customers,” says Faye. “Without each one, we would not be able to provide the full array of services we currently offer.”

Summit has supplied metalworking solutions to customers for over 60 years. The current product line includes manual and CNC lathes, drills, manual and CNC vertical mills, and vertical and horizontal boring mills. Manual lathes range from 14-inch swings up to 100-inch swings and up to 480 inches between centers. CNC lathes range from 14-inch swings up to 100-inch swings as well, and up to 360 inches between centers. The wide range of machinery helps customers find the exact fit they need, all under one roof.

See the article on the Summit website here –