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Around the globe, Ventura Hydraulic & Machine Works, Inc. delivers the top of the line skidding systems, chain jacks, and custom cylinders at competitive prices.

Our customer base in the oil industry ranges from the large oil companies like Exxon Mobil all the way to smaller independents. We supply custom equipment to oil service companies and to other equipment manufacturers. We have a great deal of experience building equipment that can withstand the harsh oilfield and marine environment. We also service many other industries — really any company that needs to move a lot of weight or structures safely and effectively, —we can help! The industries we service are many, and include construction, shipping, fishing, plastic, paper, and refuse companies. We are also an SBA small business certified company and have a great deal of experience working on government and military projects.


“We are always apprehensive about using a new vendor or a new equipment design for such critical applications as spider buoy or mooring chain pull-in systems. I was pleasantly surprised at the smooth, effortless, quiet operation of the Ventura Hydraulic & Machine Works chain jack. The chain stoppers and chain sheave were easy to operate, and were very confidence inspiring. We developed a little over 400 tonnes of chain tension while pulling in the spider buoy, and experienced no operational difficulties. The operators were comfortable with the system… I would be confident to utilize this type chain jack again in future installations.”

Design Engineer IV, FMC Energy Systems, SOFEC Division

“As you know, Ventura Hydraulics and Machine Works, Inc. has provided us with hydraulic equipment for various applications on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge Self Anchored Suspension Bridge (SAS) Project, most  notably the T1 Erection Tower longitudinal and transverse gripper jacks and the Temporary Works pushing frame jacks. VHMW has provided an exceptional product line, as well as technical expertise, and exceptional level of continued service to the project.”

Design Engineer, Tower
American Bridge Company/Fluor Enterprises, Inc.

“The grippers worked  beautifully!  If I ever have any control over the next project that requires skidding, Ventura Hydraulic & Machine Works, Inc. will definitely be the company who I would want to go with!”

Piping Design Lead/Commissioning Mechanical
StatOil Peregrino A & B Project

“Quality and reliability are extremely important to Hilman Rollers and when we design a system we need to be able to count on the products that interface with our rollers. That is why we selected Ventura Hydraulics & Machine Works to manufacture some custom cylinders for a new lift-and-roll design skidding system. Ventura Hydraulics & Machine Works supplied Hilman with eight 15” bore and sixteen 5” bore cylinders. Over the years we have had a good working relationship with Ventura Hydraulics & Machine Works and were confident that they could not only deliver the high quality product that we require, but also deliver it on time and to our design requirements. We look forward to working with Ventura Hydraulics & Machine Works again in the future.”

Marketing Manager
Hilman Rollers

“Ventura Hydraulics and Machine Works, Inc. have provided cylinders for skidding drilling rigs which have been used in some of the harshest environments. Ventura have built some 30 custom cylinders for Nabors Drilling over the past 10 years and to my knowledge, the cylinders have been consistently dependable and we have not experienced any failures. Ventura has always made an effort to supply the goods in a timely manner and have always worked to expedite deliveries in emergency situations. They have been very cooperative in discussing our needs and offer recommendations for the best application for each situation.”

Sr. Manager – Engineering
Nabors Drilling International, Ltd.

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