Proper hydraulic hose installation is critical because it is the only way your hydraulic equipment will run efficiently. It is a very important step that must be completed properly; otherwise, you will not be able to rely on your hydraulic equipment and will result in pressure loss and a shorter life span.
When installing hydraulic hoses, you must make sure they do not twist and should be bent in only one place. Preventing twists will allow your hoses to last a lot longer with minimal pressure loss. You must account for moving parts during the installation process because this can cause twisting later on. Use the labeling found on the side of a hydraulic hose as a guide, which helps ensure that your hose is not twisted. Should you end up with a twisted hose, hold the ends and tighten the connections once more using a pair of wrenches; one to keep the hose from twisting and the other to tighten it.
You must use the proper bend radius, so always check to see what is recommended for the type of hose you have specifically. Using a radius that is smaller than what is recommended will result in pressure loss in that section and much shorter service life for your hose. Proper hose length is very important because they must be long enough to meet the minimum bend radius; otherwise, it can make a right angle at the connectors if it is too short. You must also account for potential expansion and contraction, which occurs when the hydraulic system is in use and making your hoses longer will help with this aspect. Always cut your hose a little longer than necessary.
Clamping is often done to prevent abrasion, provide the hoses with support and prevent contact with hot regions of the equipment. While it’s fine to do this, you must remember that hoses shorten and lengthen while they are in operation, so you must not clamp them too tight and they should be done separately. Contamination is another aspect you need to think about during installation because this is one of the major causes of hydraulic system failure and the reason why all new hoses must be cleaned prior to being installed. Use high-pressure air to blow contaminants through the hose and out the other end if it is short and a compatible fluid for longer hoses, which will help flush the contaminants out.
These are some of the basic guidelines for proper hydraulic hose installation and Go Hydraulics can provide more details. Whether you need hydraulic cylinder repairs or service, give them a call today.