Hydraulic Hoses: Types and Materials
Hydraulic hoses do more than just move fluid from one place to another; they power some of the most hardworking equipment in the world. A vast network of industries rely on hydraulic power, and for each application, there is an appropriate hydraulic hose to optimize the performance of hydraulic systems in each of these diverse scenarios. In spite of the vital role hoses play in hydraulic equipment, they are often overlooked when it comes to optimizing a hydraulic system’s performance.
Aligning the hose you choose to the specific needs of your application will produce superior, more consistent results and improve the overall performance of your equipment. Made from durable materials like augmented rubber or steel-reinforced Teflon, these hardworking components are essential for many different applications and worksites.
Rubber, Teflon, and other Hydraulic Hose Types
The operating environment your hose will be used in will help you begin your search for the right material– some locations and conditions, like temperature or exposure to harsh chemical elements, will cause more delicate materials to degrade and break down over time, resulting in a less effective hose, higher replacement costs, and an increased potential for damage to your entire hydraulic system. You have several options when it comes to a hydraulic hose with the right material or hose construction for your project, facility, or worksite:
Reinforced Rubber Hydraulic Hoses
These hydraulic hoses include steel wire for added strength and are optimal for locations with narrow pipes and small spaces. Reinforced rubber is also a standout when it comes to working in high-pressure conditions. While this workhorse hose is ideal for many applications, it should not be used in a saltwater environment; the steel coils will corrode over time.
Steel-Reinforced Teflon Hydraulic Hoses
Teflon hoses offer many of the same benefits of reinforced rubber (though they are slightly less flexible) but are able to withstand use in a wider range of environments. If salt water, chemicals, or other potentially corrosive substances are present, then Teflon is a better choice. Teflon is also an excellent choice for small, enclosed workspaces, as this type of hose does not release fumes, which could be a hazard for personnel working nearby.
Coiled Hydraulic Hose
This reinforced, flexible design is ideal for high-pressure use and for applications that require a lot of pliability. Tight corners, sharp angles, and small spaces demand the versatility of a coiled hose.
Corrugated and Articulated Hydraulic Hose
Another versatile choice, these hydraulic hoses are designed to flex as needed, without impacting the integrity or longevity of the hose.
Other Considerations When Selecting Hydraulic Hoses
Other factors that can impact the usability and longevity of your hydraulic hoses include the bend radius (the amount of curvature the hose has, and how sharply it can turn a corner) and any temperature requirements or restrictions your application has. If you are using hydraulic hoses for extreme temperature liquids, or you have liquids that must remain at a specific temperature, then the hose you choose must be able to operate within these guidelines and meet any conditions required by your specific needs.
Aligning the hose type and material with the job at hand will help ensure success – from enhanced worker convenience and safety to superior function and control. While there are many factors to consider when you choose a hydraulic hose, the materials the hose is made from will have a major impact on the efficiency of your equipment and overall success.
To ensure that your hydraulic hose is the best choice for your application contact Devine Hydraulics today. Our knowledge and experience will help you get the most out of your hydraulic equipment and extend the life of your parts.