Extending the Life of Hydraulic Cylinder Hoses
Hydraulic hoses are comprised of layers of material such as rubber and steel, which aid in stability and durability. Hydraulic hoses are vital to any cylinder application and therefore require proper care and maintenance.
Follow these tips to extend the life of hydraulic cylinder hoses:
- First and foremost, wear appropriate safety equipment while working around hydraulic cylinders. Heavy duty gloves, hard hat, and eye protection are a must. Hydraulic fluid can cause burns and even inject itself under the skin if handled in an unsafe manner.
- Wipe down the hydraulic cylinder and hoses anytime you perform preventative maintenance or routine checks. Clean equipment is easier to troubleshoot and can help expose subtle issues.
- Next, visibly inspect the unit for loose fittings. A loose fitting can allow oil to escape and air to enter the system. Often causes of loose fittings are worn or cross threads, incorrect or worn o-ring, or the fitting needs tightening.
- Regularly inspect all hose fittings to ensure that all seals are intact and have not been compromised by damage or overuse. Ensure that fittings have not been overtighten which can compromise the seal.
- Immediately replace hoses that show visible signs of wear including leaks, gouges, cracks, or if the inner layers of steel wire are exposed. Rubber hoses should be replaced at 5 to 7 year intervals.
- When replacing hoses, pay careful attention to the required pressure ratings needed for the cylinder hoses and the application in which they will be used.
Following the tips above along with service records will help you stay on top of your equipment needs while also getting the most from your hydraulic hoses.
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