You rely on your hydraulic system to complete the job. Without a fully-functioning system, your operation could be shut down for days or even weeks. It’s essential that everything is working properly and maintains the strength you need, including all the hoses and fittings.
While they are often overlooked, the fittings on your hydraulic system are essential. Without the right parts, you are compromising the quality of your hydraulics and putting your operation at risk.
So why are fittings so important? Let’s take a look at their crucial role and why you should never overlook them again…
You might have a hose capable of handling high amounts of hydraulic pressure, but without the right fittings, the hose strength is useless. The weakest point on most hydraulic systems is the connection points, the places where you will often find fittings. If anything is going to fail, it probably won’t be the hoses, it will likely be the fittings, which have joints, angles, and seams that can create a weak spot. With the wrong parts, once you test your hoses to their maximum capacity, your entire system is likely to fail. However, with the right fittings, your hoses can reach their full capacity and give your hydraulic system the strength it needs to complete the task.
Without the right fitting, a joint might not be 100% sealed. In general, a hydraulic fluid leak can lead to two common problems: a gradual decline in strength or an abrupt failure of the system. While hoses and other components can have leaks, the most likely place you’ll find hydraulic fluid is near the seals between hoses and fittings or on the fittings themselves. You may not notice this issue right away, but over time, it will create problems for you and your operation. With the right fitting, however, you can have a tight seal that holds strong and gives you excellent results for years.
Hoses, fittings, and other hydraulic components are not universal. Different manufacturers use different engineering, designs, and specs, so simply using one fitting that seems to fit is not a good idea. Instead, it’s important that each component is built to connect with the hose you have, once again ensuring a tight seal. For example, mixing fittings that are manufactured in Japan with hoses that are manufactured in the United States can result in misalignments and unreliable connections. Before purchasing your hydraulic parts, make sure you are fully informed on their compatibility. Talking with an experienced professional is one of the first steps to making sure your hoses and fittings will connect properly.
As we have shown, the right components can make a major difference on the performance and long-term quality of your operation. If you’re not sure about the hoses and fittings for your hydraulic systems, don’t take any chances.
Contact Bernell Hydraulics today and let us help you have the right hoses and fittings for any purpose.