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Why You Need Hose Protectors

Hose sleeves and clamps are used to protect a hose from damage caused by extreme heat and abrasion. They slow down the rate of degradation, increasing the lifespan of the hose assembly. They can also protect your workers from spillage, tears, and sudden unexpected hose movements, ensuring a safe work environment and lessening the impact of any spillage or lost materials. However, not every hose assembly is the same, and each might require different protectors based on the industry and how the hose is being used.

Hose sleeves (also known as hose covers or protectors) come in many different sizes, thicknesses, and materials, from simple nylon hose protectors to heavy-duty fire sleeves. Let's take a moment to look at some of the different types of hose sleeve protectors and their uses.

Nylon Hose Sleeves:
These extremely flexible protectors allow a hose to bend and flex while providing an extra layer of protection. They meet ISO985 abrasion standards and even provide an extra layer of protection against hazardous leaks caused by wear and tear. These hydraulic hose protectors are commonly used in areas with a lot of dirt or sun. Excellent for hydraulic hoses and farm equipment, nylon hose sleeves are a staple in many industries.

Velcro Hose Sleeves:
These sleeves offer great hose protection and flexibility. Composed of urethane-coated ballistic nylon, Velcro hose sleeves offer great resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and high temperatures. This product is often used for bundling or binding of wires, hydraulic hoses, tubing and more. It’s a great tool to help protect exposed hoses and tubing from particularly harsh environments. The sleeves come in a variety of different colors to make hose management easy, and they work well with both hydraulic and pneumatic hoses.

Insulated Hose Socks:
Often used with foam hoses, these liners are designed to keep the fluid inside the hose warm, increasing heat retention in your system for greater efficiency and higher profitability. They offer excellent hydraulic hose protection with their extreme heat resistance, and they help to prevent spillage or heated liquid from causing an unsafe work environment.

Fire Hose Sleeves:
These are the heavy-duty, thick hose sleeves designed to handle extreme pressure. Often constructed from high-bulk fiberglass fibers, these hose protectors offer excellent resistance from some of the most dangerous fluids. They are resistant to molten metal splash, radiant heat, abrasion, corrosion, chemicals, vibrations, and electricity. When safety is your number one concern, use a fire sleeve to handle even the toughest jobs and fluids.

Hose clamps and straps are another important hose protection tool. Unlike sleeves, they do not wrap around the length of a hose, and they more closely resemble a single strap than a long tube. Hose straps are used to fasten a hose, preventing the hose from moving or getting tangled. Just as there are many different types of hose sleeves, there are also a wide variety of hose straps. Cinch straps allow the hose to expand and contract naturally while being easy and fast to install. Hanging straps allow a hose to be easily affixed in position and let you add new lines. They are similar to cinch straps but have an extra “tab” on the side with a hole, allowing the strap to be easily screwed or drilled securely into place.