If you work in an auto repair shop, you likely use hydraulic hoses all the time when making vehicle repairs. You might have found that it's handy to keep a nice stash of hydraulic hoses on hand for when you need them. Then, you can make repairs without having to make a special trip to the auto parts store. If you regularly store hydraulic hoses at your business, follow those tips to achieve the best results.
1. Label Them
Even though you might think that you will be able to quickly look at hydraulic hoses to tell what type and size they are, labeling them is still a good idea. If someone who is less knowledgeable is looking for hoses in your shop or if you are in a big hurry to grab the right hose, you will not have to worry about the guesswork. Simply slipping a paper tag around the hoses with information about the type and size should make it easy for you or anyone else in your shop to know that you are grabbing the right hydraulic hose for the job.
2. Avoid Bending or Twisting Them
If you aren't careful, your hydraulic hoses could become damaged while they're being stored. It's not a good idea to bend or twist them, even if you're trying to cram them into a drawer or toolbox—doing so could cause the hoses to crack or break. Hanging them up is often a better choice that can help make them easy to find, since they'll be clearly visible, and it can also help you avoid bending, twisting, or otherwise damaging them.
3. Use Old Ones First
Rotating your stock of hoses so that you use the older ones first and keep the newer ones for later is a good idea. Even though hydraulic hoses are designed to last for a long time, they can begin to crack and become damaged over time. Hydraulic hoses can suffer damage even if they are just sitting in a drawer. By using older ones first when you're making repairs, however, you can help prevent this from happening and can ensure that you're always putting good-quality hydraulic hoses on the vehicles that you're working on.
Keeping hydraulic hoses on hand at your auto repair shop is a good idea. If you follow these tips, you can help ensure that you are storing your hoses the right way.
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