Selecting the proper hose for a hydraulic assembly is critical to ensure that it meets the requirements for that specific application. One of the first steps in selecting the proper hose is to identify the types of reinforcement that is needed. The reinforcement is the strength of all hydraulic hoses; it determines the working pressure of the hose. Within the hydraulic hose industry, you will commonly see three types of reinforcement:
- Braided: a braid of synthetic textile, wire or other material, applied by high speed vertical or horizontal braiders.
- Spiral: a spiral wrap that is made from natural fibers, synthetic materials or wire.
- Helical: a helical coil monofilament reinforcement that keeps the hose from collapsing in on itself when used in suction line applications.