What is a hydraulic hose?

A hydraulic hose is a heavy-duty hose that transfers hydraulic fluid between hydraulic components, such as valves, actuators, and other tools. Hydraulic hoses operate with much more pressure than a typical garden hose as they move large amounts of hydraulic fluids to keep machinery and equipment moving.

What are hydraulic hoses made out of?

Hydraulic hoses operate at high pressures so must be manufactured and reinforced by synthetic rubber materials, silicone. elastomers, and thermoplastics.   

Hydraulic hose manufacturers are tasked with the delicate job of determining the best way to reinforce and fortify hydraulic hoses. Today hydraulic hose designs generally comprise of an inner tube to transport the hydraulic fluid, a reinforcement layer, and a protective outer layer. Many manufactures claim this outer layer is added to protect the hydraulic hose from external abrasion. However, our research demonstrates that external abrasion accounts for approximately 5% of hydraulic hose failures.

The only way to ensure your hydraulic hoses are protected from external abrasion is with HoseMateTM. HoseMateTM is a purpose designed polymer product designed to separate hydraulic hoses and minimise abrasion points.

Can hydraulic hoses be used for water?

Yes – hydraulic hoses can transport both water and water-based hydraulic fluids. Hydraulic assemblies are also capable of transporting oil, petroleum, and petroleum-based hydraulic fluids.

Where are hydraulic hoses used?

A hydraulic hose assembly can be installed wherever hydraulic fluid is needed to be transported between two points. Commonly, hydraulic lines are used on heavy machinery in the mining, construction and earthmoving industry.  

For more information on what industries most commonly use hydraulic hoses, read our blog and discover the top 5 industries where hydraulic hoses find most application – you might be surprised!

What sizes do hydraulic hoses come in?

Hydraulic hoses are measured according to their outside diameter – this is the entire span of the hose cross-section.

HoseMateTM comes in a range of sizes to suit a number of hydraulic hoses, ranging from 16mm to 72mm.

What are the types of hydraulic hoses?

How many types of hydraulic hoses are there?

The construction of hydraulic hoses is continually evolving so it is difficult to comprehend the number of different types of hydraulic hoses. Currently, there are numerous types of hydraulic hoses – reinforced rubber, Teflon, coiled, and corrugated to name a few. Hydraulic hoses can then be categorised into SAE standard hoses, high and low pressure hoses.

Why is my hydraulic hose failing?

When exposed to harsh elements, hydraulic hoses and fittings are prone to wear and tear. Common causes of hydraulic hose failure include; incompatible fluid, poor routing, and external abrasion. Read more in our blog on the common types of hose failures.

Current solutions to hose failure include cable ties, hydraulic hose spiral wraps, and other metal fixings. However, these solutions can cause more harm – both to the hose and injuries to persons nearby.

Hydraulic hose repair can be an expensive task, especially where an environmental clean up is required.

How to prevent hydraulic hose failure?

HoseMateTM is the purpose designed solution to eliminating external abrasion caused by hose-on-hose abrasion.

A simple to install and affordable solution to reducing equipment downtime and increasing machine availability across your site.