Of course, there are obvious signs of hose failure: fluid spewing from a crack, a hose split wide open, or a hose blown off a connector. However, there are several signs you can look for that tell you failure is imminent -- and that’s the blog post's topic.
You’re in the field working on a job with a tight deadline when the lifting arm on your skid steer or boom on your compact excavator suddenly loses power. You step out of the machine and see the cause: a leaking hydraulic hose. While you may not know what’s happening inside a hydraulic hose, some signs on the outside can serve as a red flag to replace (and maybe reroute) that hose. Here's a discussion on what to look for during your daily equipment walkaround.