When you're working with hydraulic hoses, you don't always have time to pay attention to the surroundings. Unfortunately, that lack of attention can wreak havoc on your hoses, especially if you're working near heat, caustic materials, or rough edges. All those situations can cause serious damage to your hoses and the fittings. That's why it's crucial that you give your hoses the care and protection they need. The last thing you want – or need – is to have your hoses destroyed by heat, abrasions, or caustic materials on the job site. Here are four crucial steps you can take to protect your hydraulic hoses.
1. Give Your Hoses a Shield
When it comes to protecting your hydraulic hoses, one of the simplest things you can do is place a shield between your hoses and the job you're doing. A simple metal splash guard can keep heat, rough edges and caustic materials far away from your hoses. One of the benefits of using a shield is that it can move with you.
2. Spring Into Action
There are going to be times when your workspace won't accommodate the protective shield. For those moments, you're going to need something a little more permanent and a lot less space-prohibitive. In those moments, you'll need to spring into action. That means you'll need to ensure that your hoses have protective spring around the sensitive areas of the hoses – those areas that are more prone to damage. The protective spring coils fit right over the end of the hoses and prevent damage to small areas of the hoses. These protective springs come in a variety of sizes, which means you'll be able to protect all your hydraulic hoses.
3. Put a Sleeve on Them
If you work in an area where virtually every inch of your hydraulic hoses are exposed to danger, you need more than a shield and a spring. You need the total protection that a hose sleeve can provide. Protective rubber hoses fit over the entire length of your hydraulic hoses. That means none of your hydraulic hoses will be exposed to hazards. Not only that but if you work with an assortment of hoses, the sleeves can be used to keep them together. Once you've wrapped your hoses together, each nozzle will be within arms reach, and you won't need to worry about dealing with a tangled mess anymore.
4. Wrap Up After the Fact
If you're noticing problems with your hydraulic hoses, but you don't have the time to disconnect them to add the springs or the sleeves, and you don't have room for the shield, reach for the protective wrapping. You can use the wrap to protect any size hydraulic hoses, and the wrap seals tight using an easy-to-close fastener strip.
For more information on hose fittings, contact your local specialty shop today.