It seems mighty obvious doesn't it, but not always. Some manufacturers forget that an attachment is only as good as it's weakest point (like most things). And in the case of Skid Steer Attachments, we know that point of weakness: The Hoses
"Y'all know those times in life...when things tend to be, they seem to be going real good, and you get this feeling of impending doom like something ridiculous is bound to happen. Maybe not everybody gets those feelings but I do. And as you can see, I've been making considerable progress on clearing this fence line and as you can also see, this Bobcat sitting here is looking a little stationary". - Youtube User: Turkle's Nest Farm describes his encounter with a busted hose line in the middle of the woods, in the middle of his project. See the full video below, it's got great commentary!
Whether you're an operator or a business owner or thinking about starting your own business, setting your attachments up with proper hose routing is one of the most important but forgotten about jobs to complete before starting any project. All it takes is one tree branch or over zealous operator going too fast and not checking his work, and SNAP! Your hoses are toast.
Hoses are pretty tough, but no matter what pressure they are rated for, no hose stands a chance when it's snagged on tree branch and connected to an 80+ HP machine. Ever seen a hydraulic hose explode?
It happens to the best of us. You're running your brush cutter to the wall, post-hole digging at ridiculous rate or running a tree shear attachment in a real thick area of the woods. The next thing you know, you see oil is shooting everywhere and your day of work is done, but the job isn't. What the heck happened!? Your hose line has been cut, run over or snagged. If you're here out of curiosity and don't run Skid Steer loaders or attachments, you may be thinking that this is an easy fix. Well, if it's a Wednesday and your local hydraulic hose shop or dealer carries the hose and hydraulic fittings you require, you might be in luck. But on a Saturday and any job that needs to get done, needlessly losing a hydraulic hose is just an annoying mini night mare that can be avoided.
Do you know have pressure issues when disconnecting your hoses from your Skid Steer?
It seem's mighty obvious doesn't it, not always. Some manufacturers forget that an attachment is only as good as it's weakest point (like most things). And in the case of Skid Steer Attachments, we know that point of weakness: The Hoses
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