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Post in 'The Gear' started by clr8ter, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. clr8ter

    clr8ter Member

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    You end your day covered in hydraulic fluid. Courtesy of a Piss-Poorly designed return line on a TS Huskee Log Splitter. Which, BTW, is a very good machine other than this one flaw.....

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I really, really need to change the pressure line on my splitter. I sit in fear when I am splitting afraid that the 1988 hose is gonna go any minute.

    Well, until the second beer.
  3. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    There have been reports of Huskee return lines coming off. The problem seems to be that the TSC employee who builds them may not tighten the clamp enough, or he tightens them too much and they cut into the hose.

    I would have preferred that the return line have real hydraulic fittings instead of hose clamps, but that return line is relatively low pressure and has performed okay on my 1.5 year old Huskee 35-ton.
  4. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    https://www.surpluscenter.com/sort.asp?catname=hydraulic&keyword=HHND

    I have always been happy with this company (over thirty years).

    A pinhole leak in a hydraulic hose can act like a laser beam to flesh.

    Never, under any circumstances, "feel" for a leak.
  5. Cowboy Billy

    Cowboy Billy Minister of Fire

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    I have that same fear too with the old splitter I inherited from my grandpa. I have just about all I need to start building my own splitter. And am seriously thinking of having all the pressure hoses run behind shields. When oil is injected into the skin it has to be cut out! not just cleaned up.

    Billy
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    pybyr Minister of Fire

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    I've had good experiences with surpluscenter, but for hydraulic hoses, I have an even bigger favorite:

    baumhydraulics.com can supply just about any hydraulic hose or fitting (or rebuild parts for cylinders, valves, etc) very fast and at a really favorable price.
  7. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Alternatives are always good to have.

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