Hydraulic hoses serve different purposes and a variety of industries such as construction, manufacturing and agriculture use them. They join a variety of hydraulic system components stretching extensive distances as well as winding into tight spaces. Choosing the right hydraulic hose requires that you pay close attention to a variety of factors. These factors include pressure capability, fluid temperatures, availability, size as well as compatibility with other hose end. If you want to buy a hydraulic hose that meets your need then you must carefully examine the above factors.
Your hose must meet the pressure capabilities of your hydraulic machine if it is to be effective. Before you purchase your new hose make sure that it meets or exceeds the maximum working pressure of your hydraulic machine. Another important factor to put into consideration is the pressure spikes.
When purchasing your new hydraulic hose make sure that you measure its inner diameter using a caliper. This is very important because it helps avoid unwanted friction. When fluid passes in the hose it rubs against the inner wall of the hose creating friction. The created friction in turns generates heat, increase back pressure thus reducing the rate of flow. Make sure that you replace the existing hose with similar measurements; the length of your hose should also be similar to the one that needs a replacement.
Before you purchase a hose you must determine the operating maximum and minimum temperature of the fluid that will be used in the hose. If you use a fluid that surpass the manufacturers specifications reduces the life span of the hydraulic hose by close to 80 percent. It is therefore important that your hose is compatible with the fluids that the hydraulic system uses. Matching the fluid thickness to the operating temperature helps achieve the highest component life. You can consult the available compatibility chart to make sure that the fluid in use is compatible with the components that are used in the manufacturing of the hose. Fluid concentration, high temperatures as well as contamination have an effect on chemical compatibility of your hose.
Install a sheathing or wire when fabricated especially if your hose will be used in an area that is open to the elements that may damage it from crushing or pinching. You should also ensure that the o-rings and couplings are compatible with the existing ones. Incompatible mating threads and connectors will lead to leaking.
Determining the availability of the hose you intend to buy is also an important factor to consider. Some unique hydraulic hoses are not readily available and their delivery could take a couple of days. To ensure optimal performance, reduce labor costs, downtime and risks you should choose a hose carefully considering all the above factors. Other factors that determine the performance as well as the life span of your hose include keeping the connectors clean, use plugs and caps to cover your hose when not in use. Hydraulic hoses should be stored in the shade because direct sunlight speeds up deterioration of your hose.