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Hydraulic Hose Wrap "Cheaper And Better"
A few years ago FARM SHOW ran a story on an Arkansas man who made his own hand-operated cutter to make hydraulic hose protectors from plastic pipe (Vol. 34, No. 1).
  Steve Raguse thought the idea was so good that he got permission from the inventor to commercialize the idea and built his own cutting machine. He uses it to make hydraulic hose protectors for sale. His Hose Savers are available in 1/2, 3/4, 1 1/4, and 1 1/2-in. dia. sizes.
  “They sell for about 25 percent less than other hose protectors on the market, and are also much more abrasion resistant for longer life,” says Raguse. “I use common underground water hose, which has thicker sidewalls than ordinary plastic pipe and therefore provides a more durable shield. It results in better abrasion resistance and a longer useful life. My Hose Savers work great for protecting wires, cables, and hoses and will retain their strength under repeated flexing and bending.”
  The new hose cutting machine is belt and chain-driven and uses a knife blade inserted into a specially machined pipe to make the cuts.
  “The hardest part in building the machine was to get everything timed right, so that 1-in. of hose goes through every time the knife makes a revolution,” says Raguse. “The spiral wrap allows for wire, cable and hose breakouts in any orientation, making it ideal for use on long continuous runs where many leads, or breakouts, are required.”
  Raguse also offers straight cut hose protectors for hard-to-reach areas, which are secured with plastic tie-straps.
  Spiral wrap hose protectors are available in lengths from 100 to 400 ft., with custom cut lengths available upon request.
  Raguse says he’s looking for dealers.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Raguse Mfg., 6978 Co. Rd. 16, Wheaton, Minn. 56296 (ph 320 563-8389; cell 320 815-0865; raguse@traversenet.com; www.hosesavers.com).

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