April 15, 2016

Hydraulic Hoses: Be Proactive, Not Reactive

Identify and replace worn hydraulic hose assemblies before they fail.

 

Sudden hose-assembly failure can put an unplanned stop to your day. Hydraulic-hose failure can also cause ecological damage through contamination of soil and water systems.

Tip 1: Consider the big picture
In order to better manage your equipment maintenance in a cost-effective manner, look beyond the initial costs of hose-assembly replacement. Unscheduled downtime due to hose failure means equipment and workers are idle waiting for the hose to be replaced. Proactive hose-assembly replacement could significantly lower your odds of downtime.

Tip 2: Look for these early warning signs
Train your operators to visually inspect hoses as part of their daily pre-operation checklist. There are several warning signs to look for when conducting a visual inspection:

  • Damaged, cracked, cut, or abraded hose covers
  • Cracked, damaged, or corroded hose fittings
  • Leaks at fittings or along the hose
  • Kinked, crushed, flattened, or twisted hose

When one of these signs is evident, call your John Deere dealer to schedule hose-assembly replacement.

Tip 3: Develop a hose-replacement program
Regular inspections will identify worn hydraulic hose assemblies before they can fail. Catching problems early can save time and money. Scheduling brief downtime to replace hoses will cause the least disruption to your operations. You can develop hose-replacement programs on your own, or your John Deere dealer can help formulate a proactive plan to meet your needs.