Your Current Leaf Vacuum Hose
The main difficulty in selecting a Leaf Vac
Hose is determining if it is made of PVC,TPR or Urethane. Listed below is a
simple test to solve this problem.
Locate a Medium ball point pen; avoid a fine point pen if possible. Attempt to
pierce your old hose with the pen tip. An average man or woman will be able to
pierce a hole in the PVC OR TPR hose with less than a 50% effort.
Urethane hose is much tougher and most likely will not pierce unless you apply
"Gorilla" strength to your arm when you insert the pen. A .030 Wall
Urethane hose will leave a small pimple on the inside of the hose when you
apply a 70% effort to the pen insertion process. A .045 wall Urethane hose will
cause the pen to break or bend when applying 100% effort. Some Leaf Vac Hoses
have an internal wire; some have a PVC external support. Most consumers find no
significant advantage for either construction.
Leaf Vac Hose 101
TPR Hose = Thermoplastic Rubber. This is a Rubber Plastic Blend Hose that
is the least expensive of all Leaf Vac Hose. When touched with your Thumb and
Index finger it feels similar to a Heavy Duty Rubber Band. TPR has minimal
Puncture resistance. It is always Black in color with a Yellow, Orange or Black
PVC Helix Wire for construction.
Urethane .030 Wall = Considered the most
popular hose used by Manufacturers of Leaf Collection Equipment. The color of
the tube is either clear or all black. Construction may consist of a Wire or
PVC Helix. The Most popular PVC Helix
color is Yellow or Black, Green is a possibility. 030 and 045 wall can be easily determined if
you use the “Ball Point Pen Test”
Urethane .045 Wall = This hose almost always has a Wire Helix Construction. The Tube
color is Blue, Clear or Black. Hose is used on Municipality Grade Leaf
Collection Equipment or is used by Landscapers who are looking for a
Traditional Leaf Vacuum Hose that has high puncture resistant characteristics.
PVC = This style Leaf Vac hose is rarely used due to its inability to
with stand punctures. The Hose is usually clear with a Black PVC Helix. If you
attempt the “Ball Point Pen Test” you will find that it easy punctures.
If you have more questions call us at 1-434-392-9833 Monday-Friday from 8-5 EST We hope this helps you understand Leaf Vac Hose choices.
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