When you’re looking at purchasing a new hydraulic hose, you’re going to have a lot of choices, and probably a relatively short timeframe in which to make a decision. It’s always better to take a longer amount of time if you need to, so you can get all the information you need to make a sensible choice. Otherwise, you run the risk of making some costly mistakes.
Fortunately, you have an entire team of experts available here at our hose company in San Jose, CA to provide you with more information. Here are just a few examples of some of the most common hose buying mistakes we see at Royal Brass Incorporated:
- Abrasion: You should never purchase a hose without considering ways in which that hose might fail or wear down over time. Perhaps the most common cause of hose failure is abrasion. Carefully analyze the design of the machine in which the hose will be used. Is there any chance it will be subjected to abrasion? If there is, you should see if there are any options to add some abrasion resistance methods to keep the hose in good condition for a longer period of time.
- Going cheap: While purchasing an inexpensive hose isn’t a problem in itself, it is always a mistake to make your purchase based solely on price, without factoring in any other potential issues. The cost of your hoses can vary widely, which can result in greater confusion and lead to customers like you selecting the cheapest option by default, or choosing a middle-of-the-road price range for the hose without fully realizing exactly what it is they’re buying. You should carefully consider what you’re getting out of products in a premium price range. Will the lifespan dramatically increase? If so, the price isn’t going to be the biggest issue to consider.
- Voiding warranties: You should always be familiar with the warranties for your parts—otherwise you might accidentally void the warranty without even knowing it, which could cost you a whole lot of money if the hose fails and you need to repair or replace it. Warranties will vary depending on the manufacturer and the type of hose, but keep in mind that in many cases, the warranty for the hose is only valid if the hose and all the fittings in the assembly come from the same manufacturer. Therefore, it’s important to pick one brand and stick with it in your given application.
- Misevaluating covers: There is quite a bit of variance in the different levels of hose covers. You might be able to cut down on costs but get the same level of durability by purchasing a cheaper standard hose and putting a premium cover over it. But in general, we recommend matching premium hoses to premium covers.
For more information about the various mistakes people often make when purchasing hydraulic hoses and how you can avoid them, visit Royal Brass Incorporated or contact the experts at our hose company in San Jose, CA today.
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