Let’s take a look at these different types of hose connectors in more detail.
Air Hose Connectors
Air hose connectors provide tight and reliable seals for attaching high-pressure hoses to air pumps, brakes, and breathing tanks.
Water Hose Connectors
The water or liquid hose is used in both familiar domestic settings like back gardens, as well as a wide variety of commercial and industrial environments, primarily for cooling and cleaning purposes. While a leaking garden hose may not provide too much of a problem, leakage in a factory is potentially dangerous so the connectors used must provide a tight and reliable seal.
Hydraulic Hose Connectors
Hydraulic hose connectors are fittings designed to connect hoses to various components used within hydraulic systems. This could include valves, cylinders, or pumps. Highly secure, hydraulic hose fittings offer tightly-sealed connections, preventing leakage, maintaining a safe operational level of pressure, and directing the flow of hydraulic fluid within the system.
Brass Hose Connectors
Brass hose connectors make a good choice for low-pressure hosing and are often used with domestic garden watering equipment as well as fuel lines. Brass is resistant to corrosion and pliable but strong. However, it is important to ensure that only quality brass has been used in the manufacturing process as cheaply-made brass can be weak and porous.
Aluminium Hose Connectors
Aluminium is a notably light metal – only around two-thirds the weight of steel or brass with the same mass. This makes it a great choice for larger connectors used within industrial settings. It is also highly resistant to corrosion, pliable, and less expensive than steel alternatives.
Steel Hose Connectors
Carbon steel is a blend of steel and carbon. When properly treated, carbon steel is stronger than the regular alternative, although less pliable. Varying the blend of carbon and steel provides different strengths and levels of resistance to corrosion. Hose connectors made from carbon steel are widely used within industrial environments because they can withstand high pressures.
Stainless Steel Hose Connectors
Stainless steel is an alloy of steel and chromium, highly resistant to rust and other corrosive agents such as saltwater and spray. It is also suitable for use with very high-pressure liquids. Its principal disadvantage is the price – stainless steel hose connectors can cost several times as much as those made from regular carbon steel.
Plastic Hose Connectors
Some domestic hose connectors are made from a type of plastic called polyamide. It is inexpensive, highly versatile, and perfectly adequate for low-pressure domestic use.