Stainless steel braided hose is a durable option for high-pressure lines that require plenty of abrasion resistance. However, cutting any kind of hydraulic hose can be tricky—especially when you stab your fingers with the frayed ends. While it’s challenging, there are a few tips you can follow to get better results.
Hydraulic hoses are designed to withstand pressure, high temperatures, bending and pressure cycling. That makes them durable and long-lasting—but when you’re the one cutting them, those same qualities can make it more difficult.
Hydraulic hose cutting involves a few simple steps: getting the right saw, preparing the tube and performing the actual cutting. Here’s our guide to cutting a high-pressure hose.
Get the right saw
The type of hose you’re using will determine what kind of blade is best. For example, if you’re using stainless steel braided hoses, avoid hacksaws at all cost. Opt for bandsaws, chop saws or a cut-off wheel instead.
Chop saws with abrasive wheels are the best choice for cutting braided hose. It has a built-in clamp to hold the hose steady, and will create a clean cut without fraying, as long as you prepare the tube first. Band saws, on the other hand, require you to go very slowly and carefully, rolling the hose into the saw blade. (They’re still better than a hacksaw.) Cutting hoses are also a good option, but make sure you use a vise to hold the tube in place.
The key is to pick a tool and blade that will slice, rather than saw. Sawing is more likely to create frayed edges, which makes it almost impossible to insert into fittings properly. It’s better to choose the right saw the first time and save yourself the hassle.
Prepare the tube first
Before you can use the saw, you’ll need to prepare the tube. Tightly wrap a couple inches of the hose with electrician’s tape or masking tape. Mark the cut line on the tape. This will hold the ends together during the cutting and assembly process, so you don’t need to worry about frayed edges creating problems.
Cut the hose
Finally, you can perform the actual hydraulic hose cutting. Line up the marking on the tape with the saw blade and slice through it carefully. Once you’ve gotten a clean cut, leave the tape on the end. This will keep the braided hose together until you’re ready to add the hose assemblies.
That’s all it takes to cut tricky braided hydraulic hose, without bloody fingers and frustration.
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