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  • 5" LDH - Rubber or Synthetic

    We were awarded through AFG monies to replace all of our 5" hose. Current stock is 25+ year old rubber hose.

    We are looking into the newer synthetic hose. There will be locking 5" "Storz" couplings.

    What are experiences with the various brands (All American, Key, Mercedes)?

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    5” has virtually no friction lose, so the biggest factor I would look at would be weight per 100’ section...... lighter is easier to handle and easier on the truck.

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      Originally posted by Ctuttle3d View Post
      5” has virtually no friction lose, so the biggest factor I would look at would be weight per 100’ section...... lighter is easier to handle and easier on the truck.
      I agree. Just picked up two lengths of 5" rubber hose from our other station. Definitely a two man lift.

      Angus hose (rubber) used to boast that because their hose swelled a bit it was actually lower loss than any other brand, but I haven't heard that lately, and in retrospect, it wouldn't really make a big difference.
      Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

      Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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        We find the synthetic tends to lay flatter a bit flatter. I've not noticed a significant difference in weight, as we use a two man lift every time to reduce injury potential.

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