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Removing chassis lube from a hose?


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Old 02-04-2014, 10:28:29 PM
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Default Removing chassis lube from a hose?

I picked up two used ReelCraft reels that have chassis lube hoses (50'). Is there any practical way to remove the lube or just replace the two hoses?
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

Define "remove"

Do you just want to get old grease out of the hoses?

Or do you want them squeaky clean to use for another purpose?
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Sqeaky clean to use for air hose.
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You could blow the grease out with compressed air then run kerosene through them. But if your using the hose for painting any tiny little bit left in there will mess up your paint job.

Probably best to replace them.

If you blow them out, do it into a trash can with an old blanket or drop cloth over the top, so it doesn't splatter all over Gods Creation.

Good luck
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

I've tried to blow out the grease while in the solvent tank, but I'm a no-go. I tried running some weed eater line through but that didn't help either. The hose is still is good shape (Aeroquip) so if I could salvage it I would. Thanks
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

try putting the coiled up hose in a trash can submerged in hot water first.

The heat should soften & thin the grease.
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

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Put it someplace warm for a few days. Hook air to the connection and try blowing it out.

If that does not work then you will need to do a roto rooter on it to get the hard dry grease out of it. Then hook it to a dirty solvent tank and let it run for a long time. After that you will need to use clean solvent and then soap if you want it squeaky clean.

If you want to use it for air, it may be less time to just buy new hose. Got kids or grand kids? Make them a bet, be ready to pay off.
The grease isn't dried out so if I could get a piece of line all the way through it I could pull it out. Easier to buy new hose but my helper still owe's me 20 hours of labor so......
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

You could pump oil through it with a grease gun, but I think the hose will be too small for any serious air supply.
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

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I've tried to blow out the grease while in the solvent tank, but I'm a no-go. I tried running some weed eater line through but that didn't help either. The hose is still is good shape (Aeroquip) so if I could salvage it I would. Thanks
IF you can get the weed eater line (or some wire) through the hose ... then tie/crimp/ somehow fasten a small bit of rag (gun cleaning patch) to the wire & drag it back through. Maybe crimp-on wire connection loop ? That is how I would start cleaning it. Once you get started ... then some form of solvent on the rag bit would help get it relatively clean. I doubt that you ever get it clean enough for painting use .. but it would be fine for air tools .. a little grease would never hurt them.
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

What is the ID of this hose?
Using a grease gun to pump oil through will probably be your best bet. Then the oil can be blown out with air.
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

You could put a slightly small piece of rag or a small plug in the hose first then oil pressure.
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Default Re: Removing chassis lube from a hose?

How much pressure is the hose rated for? if it will handle 2000-2500 psi, adapt a tractor quick-coupler to it, & CAREFULLY put the pressure to it. that should force the grease out,
& the hydraulic oil will somewhat flush it. The volume of the hose won't use enough oil to run the tractor low on oil, just top it off when you're done. DON'T try this unless you're sure the hose can handle it!
However you do it, it has the potential for a really satisfying mess...a 2000 psi stream of grease? Wow!
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