How to choose the right hydraulic fittings for your application
Almost every one of us make use of, or has made use of materials such as hoses, tubes and pipes in one way or the other.
If you have or use a pressure washer at home, or you have an air compressor, even if you have a car or bike, then you will agree with me that you regularly use or have made use of such things as tubes, hoses and or pipes.
The thing is, if you make use of those materials, then you also make use of hydraulic fittings regularly because, you need to connect these them together sometimes or to your machine such as an air compressor in order to carry out what you want to do.
For instance, a plumber needs to connect several pipes together in order to complete the plumbing of a house. To use the compressed air inside your air compressor tank, you need to connect the hose to the air compressor. To use your pressure washer, you also have to connect your garden hose to the pressure washer as well.
You also need to connect the spray hose or wand to the pressure washer; all these applications require hydraulic fittings in order to work properly.
Choosing the wrong fittings for a particular application can cause damage either to your machine or even spoil the project you are working on.
So, how do you choose the right hydraulic fittings for machine or project?
How to differentiate hydraulic fittings
There are many hydraulic fittings out there which you can choose from depending on the application you are trying to use it for, and each of these hydraulic fittings serves different purpose.
The different types of hydraulic fittings include elbows, plugs, crosses and unions. Like I said, each of these fittings all serves different purposes.
What differentiates all these fittings from each other is the thread that connects them together. So, you can identify each hydraulic fitting by the type of thread it has.
Connecting fittings together can be accomplished in several ways depending on the strength desired from the joint and the type of fluid that is going through the pipe, hose or tube.
Some of the different ways fittings are connected include threading, press fitting, push fitting, welding, flanging, quick-connects, push connects and several others.
Some fittings are flanged to increase their holding strength. Fittings used for holding pipes which hold highly viscous and heavy liquids are usually flanged to increase their strength.
Factors to Consider when choosing hydraulic fittings
When choosing hydraulic fittings there are several factors you need to consider in order for you to make sure that you choose the appropriate one.
First of all, you need to consider the materials you are trying to connect. Fittings for connecting metal or steel pipes will not be suitable for connecting pipes or hoses made with plastic or rubber. So, the material being connected should be considered.
You also need to consider other things such as the working pressure of the fluid, flow, size of the piping or tubing, the fitting configuration and other factors to make sure that you end up with the right fittings for your application.