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How to cut Stainless Steel Hose Fittings?

10/8/2013 4:32:31 PM | by Anonymous

Hose Fittings: Stainless Steel

Many industries these days require the use of hoses of different types. Sometimes, two hoses of different types have to be connected in order to form a longer hose. In these cases, hose fittings can help to connect two or more hoses together. In fact, the hose fittings can tether different types of hoses together. They can either be temporary or permanent fittings and there are several types available as well.


Industrial hoses are typically stainless steel hose fittings. This is due to the fact that they have to stand up to heavy duty usage. Sometimes even with harmful chemicals coursing through the hoses at high pressure. These hoses might dispense or suction up oil, steam, gasoline or even blast sand. For such duties, it is recommended that stainless steel fittings are to be used. They can not only handle the various powerful substances blasting through the hose at high speed. They can also prevent connected hoses from breaking apart due to these powerful substances. An issue like that can result in dangerous and harmful consequences. This is also mainly the reason why most workers who deal with industrial hoses select stainless steels to hold two or more hoses together. Despite that, different hose fittings are made of different materials for different uses.


Stainless steel hose fittings are often used in appliances due to the durability and rust resistant qualities. In order for the hoses to fit, it is important to cut the hose to fit the size constraints. Stainless steel hose fittings can be cut based on the use of proper materials and safety equipments. Things needed are typically a braided hose cutter made to cut stainless steel hose fittings. Even if the hose fitting to be cut is not braided stainless steel, these cutters have the ability to cut thru the toughest steel hoses as well. It is essential to ensure that the cutter features long handles to increase leverage for precision cuts. The steps to cutting the hose are as follows:


1. Using electrical tapes, carefully wrap the area of the stainless steel hose fitting that is to be cut. Circle the fitting at least four times to prevent it from fraying.


2. Using gardening gloves and protective eyeglasses to protect from any harmful or hazardous dangers. It is essential to always wear safety equipments when cutting the fittings to ensure the safety of all users.


3. Grasp the cutter firmly and place the center of the fitting between the cutting blades at the position to cut. In a fast motion, squeeze the handles together to cut the fittings. Do not remove the blades from the fitting unless it has been completely cut through the fitting. If the fitting has not been entirely severed, repeat the cutting motion until the hose is completely cut.


4. Slowly unwrap the ends of the fittings and ensure that all ends are smooth


Tips and Warnings:


1. Always have two other people to hold both ends of the hose to ensure that the hose does not jitter during the cutting.


2. Do not use hose cuttings that are not designed to cut stainless steel as these cutters may not be strong enough to completely and properly severe the stainless steel.


Most fittings can be found at hardware stores. It is possible to have custom fittings made as well. Several major organizations specializing in hose fittings often turn to customizing their own fittings as they only use unique fittings. If non-custom fittings are the preferred choice and several are purchased in bulk. It is possible to enquire for bulk discounts rather than single piece price.

 

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