Hydraulic hoses are a critically important part of any hydraulic mechanical system. Hydraulic hoses can transmit enormous amounts of pressure easily while remaining flexible enough to be used in a variety of different applications. However, while hydraulic hoses are flexible, powerful and effective, they also undergo a tremendous amount of wear and tear due to the immense forces they deal with on a regular basis. Getting the longest possible life out of your hydraulic hoses depends on selecting the right size, length and quality of hoses from the get go.
Purchasing a hydraulic hose requires an understanding of several different components. Firstly, every hose must be connected through properly measured and designed fittings. Second, the hose must be selected for its thickness, generally between 3/16 of an inch and two inches, and the amount of pressure it is going to transmit, usually measured in “psi” or pounds per square inch. The usual psi range of a hydraulic hose is between 1,000 and 5,500 psi. Make sure you know the correct measurements before purchasing a hose. If you are unsure of these numbers, it’s wiser to speak to an expert than to purchase and test.
If your hydraulic hose on an existing piece of hydraulic equipment is broken repair might be a better option than replacement in many circumstances. Show the hose to a hydraulic hose services expert and they will be able to tell you if repair will be a more cost-effective solution than replacement in your particular circumstance.
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