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Do-It-Yourself Hose End Crimper
You can repair broken hydraulic hose right on the machine without removing the hose and without the need to use a certain brand of hose ends. However, the hose and ends must be compatible, says Robert Rottinghaus, farmer-engineer from Jesup, Iowa, about the latest model of his popular do-it-yourself hose end crimper.
He first came up with his crimper tool about 8 years ago. The latest new model works essentially the same but now has in-finitely variable crimp diameter - from 1/4 to 3/4-in. - on one and two wire hose.
"It works on virtually any hose in agriculture, industry or even the military," says Rottinghaus. "Weighs just 3 lbs. and works as well in the field as it does in the shop."
Hose ends must be the long body style. Rottinghaus recommends the following brands of fittings for the tool: Weatherhead, Anchor-Goodyear, Dayco, Imperial Eastman, and Areo-Quip.
To fix a broken hose, you simply use the Dial Calipers that come with the tool to check the diameter of the hose end, and then duplicate that crimp diameter or refer to chart.
The kit comes in a plastic carrying case and includes Crimper, Hose End Holder, Dial Calipers, and instructions. Sells direct for $179.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Rottinghaus, Clever-Tech, Inc., 4121 South Canfield Rd., Jesup, Iowa 50648 (ph 319 827-1311; fax 319 827-2425).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6