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    Kubota 2710 purchased used with 179 hours

    Default How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    The hoses on my kubota 2710's FEL are marked by colored paint spots on the rubber covers. Similarly, there are dabs of matching paint on the mount for the connectors on the tractor. It seems that this is all going to wear off over time, and besides, I have a really difficult time seeing some of the colors in my dimly lit barn. There must be a better way to mark them which won't wear off, and which will be visible in dim light. What do you folks recommend?
    Thanks.
    Ken

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    John Deere 790

    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    I used wire tie wraps for the disconnects on my TNT, purchased different colored ones of about the 3 inch size. Work great.

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    Kubota BX2200

    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    Ken,

    How about color-coded plastic wire ties on the hoses?

    Kevin

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    Long/Landtrac360DTC

    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    My dealer put colored wire ties on the lines for my FEL and BH. For higher visibility you could use white wire ties, just put one on the first hose, two on the second, etc.

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    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    Looks unanimous! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] Thanks for the idea about using twist ties.
    Ken

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    1999 Cub Cadet 7260

    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    For a little different solution, my dealer used one of those vibrating electric scribes to scribe numbers in each hose (the metal parts...). Works well for me, and I'll never have to worry about the marks falling off or fading over time.

    Corm

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    Iowa
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    JD X485 AWS,B2410,RTV900

    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    For my FEL, I have used colored duct tape on the hoses and did a small 4-square colored tape box on the control valve unit. Works great - I'm also thinking of getting a colored set of rubber caps from my local JD dealer.

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    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    Hey guys, how about those of us who are "colour perception challenged"? [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] - I use markers (weaterproof, mostly) and number matching male and female end 1,2,3,4, etc. so I don't screw up on the colour thing - my wife isn't always available to bail me out when I need colour advice [img]/w3tcompact/icons/laugh.gif[/img]. I like the engraving idea too but I don't have a tool for that.

    Bob

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    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    Bob, Color perception (red/green) is my problem in dim light. How exactly do you mark your numbers?
    Ken

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    Platinum Member dourobob's Avatar
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    Default Re: How best to mark hydraulic hoses

    I think what I used was a waterproof laundry marker pen (borrowed [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] from the house) and I simply wrote the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 on the metal parts of matching male and female ends of the hydraulic quick connects - the marks have been there for about 15 years and, admittedly are getting a little dimmer but it sure was a cheap and fast solution at the time. I might try to find someone with one of those engraving tools that I could borrow for 10 minutes someday or, I might just "borrow" the laundry marker again.

    Bob

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