Hi all -
I looked for a newsgroup about hydraulics but didn't find one... so here we are...
We are in the process of repairing a truck mounted hydraulic crane (an old power company rig that digs holes, sets poles and generally does lots of stuff).
Yesterday I replaced two of the approximately 3,218 hydraulic hoses on the rig and paid about $100 for them. Since there will be more hoses to replace as we get into the project (and we also have a backhoe with aging hoses that will need some attention in the future) we are considering getting the tooling to do our own hoses.
The crimping machines seem godawful expensive - and there seem to be two or three manufacturers (Parker, Weatherhead, Gates, etc.) with apparently incompatible fittings and crimping dies...
Is tooling up for what we want to do reasonable for the amount of hoses we will be making or is it more cost effective to run down to the auto parts and have them made for us as needed?
Anybody do/done this and have any words of wisdom?
Thanks in advance
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