Hose Cutting Products
If you cut hydraulic hose, you know what a demanding application this is. Hyde Hose Hog™ hydraulic hose cut-off blades are superior to original manufacturers’ blades – lasting up to 5 times as long as other blades! And if you’re looking for value, our hose cutting blades are competitively priced, as well, meaning you get an excellent value for your money.
Hydraulic hose is one of the most indestructible components you’ll ever encounter. It has to be strong enough to handle high fluid pressures, pressure cycling, repeated bending, high temperatures and remain in service for years. But the same material characteristics that make hydraulic hose stand up to such tough conditions also make it difficult to cut. Traditionally, most hose cutoff machines have used an abrasive wheel. The wheel runs at high speed to grind or melt away rubber and other soft materials in the hose and high-strength steel reinforcement wires. Abrasive wheels generate heat, smoke, and debris that can contaminate hydraulic systems.
Steel blades are the cleaner, more effective way to cut hose. The circular blade slices the hose rather than cutting a path through it, so it does not leave debris in the hose. The cutting operation set-up causes the hose to be bent, applying tension to the hose so that it pulls away from the blade during the cut. This bending action makes cutting easier and keeps the hose ends from rubbing against the spinning blade. Because the hose opens up faster than the knife penetrates, the hose does not pinch the blade. Since there is little contact between the sides of the blade and the hose, no smoke is generated. You end up with a quality, clean cut, fast!
Differences between blades
Circular knife blades are made of high-speed tool steel and come in four styles – smooth beveled edge, wavy scalloped edge, notched edge and “Euro-slot” edge. Each was developed for a specific application, with new blades under constant development as new types of hoses enter the market.
A smooth beveled edge blade can cut all types of hose because it creates the least amount of dust. However, if you’re cutting any hose that has a significant amount of steel wiring in it, such as 4- and 6-wire hose, the knife edge will dull quickly. A dull blade requires greater operator force to cut, meaning the cut must be made more slowly. The ideal applications for a smooth edge knife are cutting industrial rubber hose with no steel in it. Other uses include large diameter cloth hoses with helical wire and exterior steel braided hose where the braiding is taped, annealed, or welded in the machine before the cut is made.
A wavy scalloped edge knife provides you with a more aggressive cutting action, using the wavy edge to make interrupted cutting contact into the hose. This interrupted cutting action severs the steel braiding inside a hose and requires less operator pressure during the cut than a smooth edge blade. Because of this, wavy scalloped edge blades are the most popular blades used by equipment manufacturers or anyone cutting their own hose. Typically, wavy scalloped blades shine cutting all types of hydraulic, pneumatic, polyurethane, PVC, and thermoplastic hose.
The notched edge and “Euro-slot” designs are really variations on the wavy scalloped edge blades. Each does a great job cutting steel wire reinforcement in hydraulic hose. The choice between wavy scalloped edge, notched edge or “Euro-slot” edge blades really is a matter of operator preference.
Tough enough for hydraulic hose
Hyde Hose Hog™ circular cut-off blades are tough enough to stand up to the rigors of cutting hydraulic hose. The most common specifications are kept in stock to ensure that you can get the blades you need when you need them – be sure to check out the Hose Hog blade flyer linked to this page. Remember, when you want cutting edge performance, think Hyde!
What makes a hose cut-off blade perform beyond your expectations? Start with the best tool steel available. Heat treat in a manner that maximizes wear resistance while retaining its cutting edge longevity. Machine it to exacting tolerances. Guarantee its performance. Every Hyde hose cut-off blade has the quality you demand built in – they have “Hyde Inside”.
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