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How Do You Measure Hydraulic Hose?

Ensure you purchase the correct hydraulic hose size with our step-by-step guide on measuring hydraulic hose. Take accurate measurements and find the right fit for your system. Get started today!

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The hydraulic hose is flexible for you to assemble it anywhere you need for your hydraulic hose project, so the size matter is also important.

Today I am going to share with you guys that how to measure the hydraulic hose, to size a hydraulic hose in the right way.

Hydraulic Hose Structure

the structure of hydraulic hose
the structure of the hydraulic hose

Regularly, a hydraulic hose is designed with 3 different parts, including inner tube, reinforcement, and outer cover.

Hydraulic hose tube, inner tube, the inner part as the base

The inner hydraulic hose tube is made of oil-resistant or weather-resistant synthetic rubber material, and raw material for making hydraulic hose is basically important, to ensure the quality of the whole hydraulic hose pipe. So we pay much attention to selecting the raw material to ensure the quality of a hydraulic hose.

Reinforcement of Hydraulic hose

The reinforcement of the hydraulic hose is made of tensile steel wire spiral layers, stainless steel, and many other materials, and the reinforcement also matters, they are important to add much more strength and flexibility to the hydraulic hose. And hydraulic hoses can be divided into different types according to the hose reinforcement.

Hydraulic hose cover, the outer cover

The hydraulic hose cover is basically important to protect the hydraulic hose, giving a stable performance to the hydraulic hose pipe. And we can add certain materials to create the cover to protect the hydraulic hose, away from potential harm.

Strong cover can ensure the service life of a hydraulic hose, even if you need to assemble and use the hydraulic hose in an environment of high temperature, within the range of -22℃ to 120℃, or even lower or higher temperature.

The cover can be designed with higher performance to deal with all kinds of working environments, including high temperature, high pressure, much friction and etc.

How to Size A Hydraulic Hose?

how to size hydraulic hose
how to size hydraulic hose

Measuring Tool:

The most accurate and precise measuring tool to measure the hydraulic hose is a vernier caliper, and we need to use the vernier caliper to measure the diameter of a hydraulic hose.

vernier caliper structure
vernier caliper structure

Here is the vernier caliper structure, and we use the outside measuring jaw to measure the size of the hydraulic hose O.D (Out Diameter); the inside measuring jaw to measure the size of the hydraulic hose I.D (Inner Diameter).  Finally, we need to read the number given to two decimal points, to make it much more accurate.

And you can watch this short video to know how to measure the hydraulic hose using the vernier caliper.

Specifications for Hydraulic Hose Measurement

hydraulic hose id, od
hydraulic hose ID, OD

The sizing process is basically important to measure a hydraulic hose, which is the essential factor for you to select your desired hydraulic hose for your project.

Here are some important sizing specifications for the hydraulic hose measurement, including ID, OD, and overall length.

ID: Inner Diameter (or I.D, I.D.) is the span of the empty space in a circular hose cross-section that affects the flow velocity of the fluid within the hose. A hose with an oversized I.D. will result in sluggish system performance problems, while an undersized I.D. can cause excessive pressure drops, leaks, and system damage. So it’s important to get the accurate ID specification, and they are accurate to one decimal point.

OD: Outer Diameter (or I.D, I.D.) measures the entire span of the hose cross-section, including the tube, reinforcement, and cover. The difference between the O.D. and I.D. is the thickness of the hose wall. Outer diameter is important for sizing industrial hoses to appropriate fittings and system components.

And OD mins ID equals the thickness of the hydraulic hose, so we don’t need to measure the size of the thickness of the hydraulic hose pipe.

Measure the Length of Hydraulic Hose

How to measure hydraulic hose length?

hydraulic hose length measurement
the hydraulic hose length measurement

The length of the hydraulic hose defines its maximum space reach between two end-points. Increasing length can also increase the pressure drop in the hydraulic hose system because hose length is a function of head loss due to friction.

It’s flexible for you to get your desired length of the hydraulic hose for you to assemble at ease, and here we have different lengths for your consideration, including 40 meters, 50 meters, 80 meters, 100 meters, and even random lengths. And we can also customize the length for your hydraulic hose project.

Our hydraulic hose manufacturer can work out the best plan for you, so please be free to contact us to get the details of the hydraulic hose.

And you can get the full table of the hydraulic hose specifications from our hydraulic hose product singe page, please kindly visit to find your desired hydraulic hose.

Here is a length converter, which can help you convert length unit.

Length Unit Converter

Length Unit Converter

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How to Measure Hydraulic Hose Diameter?

measure hydraulic hose diameter
measure hydraulic hose diameter

Measuring the diameter of a hydraulic hose is an essential task to ensure that you purchase the correct size for your system. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to measure hydraulic hose diameter:

  1. Use a ruler or tape measure to measure the distance across the widest part of the hose’s outer cover. This measurement should be taken from edge to edge and should be in inches or millimeters.
  2. If the hose has a visible crimped-on fitting, measure the diameter of the crimped-on fitting. The diameter of the fitting will be the same as the diameter of the hose at that point.
  3. If you are unable to measure the diameter of the hose or the fitting, consult the manufacturer’s specifications or consult a hydraulic hose supplier.
  4. It’s important to note that the nominal diameter of a hydraulic hose is not necessarily the same as the actual diameter of the hose. Always measure the hose or fitting to ensure the correct size is obtained.
  5. If the hose has an inner tube and multiple layers of reinforcement, it’s important to measure the outer diameter of the hose, not the diameter of the inner tube.
  6. If the hose has an irregular shape, such as a spiral wire hose, measure the diameter at the widest point of the spiral.
  7. Once you have measured the diameter of the hose or fitting, check it against the manufacturer’s specifications or consult with a hydraulic hose supplier to determine the correct size.

By following these steps, you should be able to accurately measure the diameter of a hydraulic hose, ensuring that you purchase the correct size for your system.

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