Expert Advice: The "Impending Doom" of Blown Skid Steer Hydraulic Hoses
Posted by Jorden Leib on 23rd Feb 2018
Honey? I broke the Bobcat
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 often forgotten) 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 if it's a Saturday, and you find yourself inoperable because of a blown hose, that feeling of needlessly losing a hydraulic hose is just an annoying mini nightmare.
Thankfully, that can be avoided.
What do we propose you do?
Enter the Hose Spring from Eterra Attachments. The Hose Spring is as simple as it is effective. A common challenge many of our customers experience is routing their hoses out of harms way and avoiding damage while performing work. The Hose Spring bolts and mounts into steel, wherever you strategically want to place it so that your hoses stay safe, often somewhere on your attachment plate. Then, simply reroute your hoses through the Hose Spring and get to work. The Hose Spring is strong enough to hold your hoses, even when operating during heavy application, and also allows for flexibility and to allow the hose move as needed. It's a simple, no-nonsense and affordable product that will help you to avoid costly damage to your attachments. Here are some testimonials from satisfied Skid Steer Solutions customers:
Great Hose Saver
These things are amazing! The first one I bought worked great keeping the hoses out of the way of the grapple. I bought the second one to keep the hoses safe and away from the tree shear. - Dave C.
Hose springs are great!
(Skid Steer Hose Spring for All Skid Steer Attachments)
For more amazing hose routing accessories, visit our skid steer accessories pages.
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