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New hoses

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by seville009, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 694

    Have never had to replace a hose on my MVP 8.5'. Is about 8 years old. Was thinking about replacing them all just to be on the safe side. Just curious if anyone replaces them on a regular basis (like every five years).

    I've replaced hoses on my tractor, but thise are exposed to extreme temps (really hot fluid when mowing), whereas the plow hoses don't
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    Inspect every year, any cranking and the get replaced
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    the out side rubber coating is just a protective coating for the metal braiding. if the braiding is frayed ir heavily rusted.
    It might get replaced, but 90% of the time a hose doesn't get replaced until it fails.

    I carry 2 spars, as even hoses that look good can fail before a suspect hose will.
  4. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,196

    Western hoses are so easy to replace I would carry spares and wait for the brake to happen.
    I replaced all the hoses on my Blizzard 810 when 1 broke and I found out how hard or time consuming they are to do. I wouldn't want to do 1 while it was snowing.
  5. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    Carry spares, replace when they go. If you see one is cracked then replace before it blows and leave old one as backup
  6. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 694

    The two shorter hoses going to the angle rams were cracking on the outside, so my plan is just to replace them all. They're all the same age. I do carry a spare hose, but luckily I've never had to use it. Much rather replace them now when it's sunny and warm. New ones should last another 7-8 years.

    I had done a search on here regarding this and saw some comments abouts hoses rotting on the inside (much older than 8 years tho)
  7. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 934

    They are cheap replace them now then service plow all set for this winter
  8. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    in 35 years of plowing i have only replaced one hose. 3 years ago after it got pinched while moving the plow with the gantry crane it probably would not have leaked, but it cut some of the braided metal jacket so it was replaced as preventive maintenance.
  9. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,416

    Every three years I change them all. Remember your goal during the storm is snow removal, not truck repair.