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Step by Step Hose Assembly for Hydraulic Applications
Almost as important as selecting the proper hydraulic hose for your application, is assembling them properly. Having a hose rated for the proper temperature and pressure does little if it’s installed incorrectly.
Have you been looking for assistance putting together hose assemblies for your hydraulic equipment? The basic method for hose assembly is the same for all hydraulic equipment, so once you’ve got the method down it can easily be transferred to other applications.
Gather Your Tools & Materials. For this step, you will need to gather everything you’ll need for assembly. That includes, your hydraulic hose, hose fitting and lubricant, calipers, chalk, safety gloves and goggles, crimping machine and crimping die and collar.
Measure and Cut. Next, you will need to measure the length of the hose and cut it to the proper size. Be sure to account for the cutoff factor when you calculate the appropriate length. If you do not have a clean edge after cutting the hose, use a file to clean them up.
Select the Fitting. Using pressure, type, style, orientation, material and attachment methods, select the proper fitting series. DO not interchange your fitting and hose brands.
Mark Insertion Depth & Push on Fittings. Use a hose insertion depth block to determine insertion depth. Using the chalk, draw a bold line around it to mark the proper depth. Then lubricate the hose—unless using a spiral hose—and push the fitting onto the hose until it reaches the line you marked.
Crimp the Hose. After verifying the crimper capabilities and selecting the proper crimping die, place the hose into the crimping machine. Slide it through the die until the hose fitting is above the die. Please the compression ring—if required—onto the step of the adapter bowl. Then, after putting on your safety equipment, turn on the machine and crimp the hose.
Check Your Work. After crimping the hose, check your work. If you can no longer see the chalk line at the base of the fitting, something moved and you do not have a good crimp. If the chalk mark is in place, you have successfully crimped the hose.
Clean & Cap the Hose Assembly. After verifying that you have a good crimp, clean the hose assembly. This is important to remove the contaminants inside the hose. Use a hose brush, projectile pellets or compressed air system to do this. After cleaning the hose assembly, cap it at both ends using either heat shrink or plastic caps.
Who Can I Call for Help With My Hydraulic Equipment?
By following the steps listed above, you should have a properly assembled hose. However, it’s not always as easily done as said. If you are looking for hydraulic repair services in Southern California, look no further than Bernell Hydraulics. At Bernell Hydraulics, we are well versed in the hydraulic industry. Our team has over 42 years of experience in the field and can help with any of your hydraulic needs. We offer emergency repair and preventative maintenance services, and four retail stores with full lines of hydraulic components. No matter your hydraulic needs, Bernell Hydraulics can help. Since 1977 we’ve been providing top of the line hydraulic services and components to the Inland Empire area of Southern California and we’d love to do the same for you! Call us today at 800-326-7252 to schedule an appointment.