Hydraulic hoses aren't particularly expensive when compared to other parts, but the cost can add up if they have to be replaced too often. Luckily, there are things that you can do to make them last longer, thus saving you money in the long run.
1. Follow the Recommended Temperatures and Pressure Levels for the Hoses
Most hydraulic hoses come with temperature and pressure recommendations. Even though you may be able to get away with exceeding these limits occasionally, it is recommended not to do so. Otherwise, you can expect for your hydraulic hoses to wear out prematurely. Plus, exceeding pressure or temperature limitations can actually cause hoses to burst, which can be dangerous for anyone who might be around at the time and might cause damage to other components in the system.
2. Avoid Overstretching Hydraulic Hoses
When using hydraulic hoses, make sure that you do not stretch them too far or tight. Constant tension on a hydraulic hose that is tightly extended can cause excessive wear and tear, and you also have to worry about the pressure causing the hose to disconnect suddenly. If you find that your hydraulic hoses are not long enough for your needs, it is far better to replace with a longer hose or to connect two hoses together for both safety reasons and to prevent excessive wear and tear.
3. Be Careful with Connections
Connecting hydraulic hoses together is essential for many systems and can be a good solution if you find that your hoses are not long enough for your needs. However, it is critical to use the right-sized connectors when doing so. Replace connectors as needed, and make sure that you are gentle when connecting hoses so that you do not cause fraying or tears. Also, when connecting your hoses, take the time to carefully examine the ends; if they appear to be cracked, frayed or split, it is time to replace your hoses.
As you can see, there are a few things that you can do to make your hydraulic hoses last longer. If you follow these three tips and any other recommendations that might come along with the manufacturer's packaging for your hoses, you can help ensure that your hoses are used safely and that they will last as long as they are intended to. Over time, this can prevent injury and can also save you a surprising amount of money. Click here for additional reading.