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Choosing A Hydraulic Hose: 7 Factors To Consider

how to choose a hydraulic hose north central north carolina southern virginiaWay back in the early 20th century, engineers used rubber tubing in industrial applications when they needed a material more flexible than metal to transfer fluids under high pressure. But when pressures grew too high for rubber to handle on its own, they turned to metal wiring to brace and strengthen the tube.

Thus the hydraulic hose was born.

Today, there are multiple families of hydraulic hoses available to suit specific applications and higher pressures. How do you choose one that’s right for you? Let’s take a look.

When choosing a hydraulic hose for a specific application, there are seven important factors to consider, which can be more easily remembered with the acronym STAMPED.

7 important factors in picking a hydraulic hose:

  1. Size: Important measurements include inside diameter (ID), outside diameter (OD), and length.
  2. Temperature: Most hydraulic hose materials work within a set temperature range.
  3. Application: Hydraulic hoses are rated for their minimum radius bend – that is, how much the hose can bend without disturbing flow space within the hose. They are also
  4. Material: Hydraulic hoses and assemblies are frequently constructed of multiple materials, but the primary materials used are of the most importance. Rubber hydraulic hose is the most common but materials differ based on the requirements of the application. Materials compatibility charts are available from the manufacturer or in third-party reference guides.
  5. Pressure: Hoses are rated for maximum system pressure, including pressure spikes.
  6. Ends: “Ends,” or “couplings,” refer to the ends of a hose designed for connection. Permanent couplings are designed for connection at a specific, unmoving location; field-attachable couplings can be used in multiple locations using crimpers to seal the coupling.
  7. Duplication (or Delivery): This refers to the relative rarity of a hydraulic hose. A very specific or proprietary hose may be more difficult to replace than a widely available generic version. Some hoses wear out quickly due to the nature of their application, and replacement should be considered before settling on a hose type. 

Hydraulic hose repair in NC

As you can see, choosing a hydraulic hose is more complicated than it might seem. So what happens when a hydraulic hose develops a leak or needs a replacement? Well, that answer is simple: contact Rose Oil.

Rose Oil provides reliable hydraulic hose repair in Bunn, Centerville, Macon, Watkins and many other North Carolina towns. We can even make custom hydraulic hoses to meet the needs and specifications of your equipment.

Trust Rose Oil to repair your fuel hoses, lubricant hoses, air hoses, pressure washer hoses or any kind of hose with a crimped end. We can also inspect your equipment for small leaks before they lead to big problems. Contact us today to learn more.