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Last updated July 11, 2014

HoseKit: Custom Hydraulic Hose Assemblies Anywhere, Anytime.

A complete hydraulic hose kit designed to give a permanent solution that you create yourself - quickly and easily.

HoseKit: Custom Hydraulic Hose Assemblies Anywhere, Anytime.

A complete hydraulic hose kit designed to give a permanent solution that you create yourself - quickly and easily.

$5,788
pledged of 22.000 $pledged of 22.000 $ goal
6
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 28 2014 6:26 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 11, 2014

About

With this exciting project, new hydraulic technologies and old school assembly techniques come together to provide a modern and permanent solution for almost every hydraulic one and two wire assembly needs. It will also help you to be ready in emergency downtime situations!

Being in the field of hydraulics and industrial products since 1985 has kept me on top of our ever-changing world of manufacturing, agriculture, energy, transportation, and construction markets. About two years ago, I received an after hours emergency call (the third that month) for a failed hydraulic hose on a car hauler at 1:00 o'clock in the morning. I knew there had to be a better solution! For many companies like ours, an after hours emergency outside of normal working hours starts at $100 and increases from there depending on the time/ location/ distance and whether it is a holiday or not. In some cases, you may not even have a local shop that offers after hours services.

I tend to be inspired by a website name. The process starts with an idea, in this case, a kit for our hydraulic customers that can be an all-in-one convenient hydraulic solution, that covers almost every combination of hose end, along with a dependable hydraulic hose that will last. While on a family ski trip to New York, and after seeing the ski patrol jackets, I was inspired by the design, and came up with the www.HoseKit.com site name while zipping down the hill... at the bottom I immediately checked on my phone for DNS availability and Full Victory! HoseKit.com was available and things just started 'snowballing' from there. 

First off, cutting a hydraulic hose without a hose cut off machine tends to be extremely difficult. From experience, I've never liked cutting hose with a fine tooth hacksaw and the people that put that in assembly instructions were probably in the same difficult spot as I was. There is no easy and inexpensive way to cut hydraulic hose. Searching the internet only gave solutions such as cutting hydraulic hose with a sharp axe or an abrasion cut off saw (which does work, but I am trying to keep the costs down and do the job without electricity). After talking with a few manufacturers, we were able to come up with our HK01 hydraulic hose cutters which are good from -4 (1/4") through -8 (1/2") inside diameter hose. Larger sizes will still need to be cut with a fine tooth hacksaw or other means. We're working on additional solutions. With just a little bit of effort, the HK01 cutters work well for 1/2" inside diameter hydraulic hose and below.

Additionally, finding a hydraulic hose that meets or exceeds the broad needs of hydraulics was another consideration. Just recently, new EN (European Norm) and SAE (Society or Automotive Engineers) specifications have allowed for higher pressures on hydraulic hose that are compatible with special field attachable fittings designed for our hose. There are 'options' currently available when it comes to do-it-yourself hydraulic repairs that I really wasn't too enthusiastic about, including a set of fittings that you can put on your existing used hose. However, that was a temporary fix, and on top of that, if it wasn't used on the correct hose, the installer could be severely injured and misuse could even result in death. There is another field attachable hydraulic kit out there but it is made out of a thermoplastic hose, not a rubber hydraulic hose, and they do not carry the higher pressures or advantages that a true rubber hydraulic hose inherently has. The HoseKit product line is the best solution for emergency and there when you need it situations.

Rather than another "me too" thermoplastic product for hydraulic assemblies or unreliable quick temporary fixes, this is a real solution. Here is why:

  • Real hydraulic hose rated with two wire braid hydraulic hose which meet and even exceed EN and SAE specifications.
  • Real hydraulic fittings specially designed for our HM series Hose. This is a permanent solution, the only difference between the hose and fittings in our kits and an assembly you would purchase from a hose shop is the way the fitting is attached to the hose, and the reusable fittings included in this kit meet or exceed the pressure ratings of a crimped fitting. 
  • Convenient attractive Hose Kit bag that is stored until it is needed and is handy when you have to have it.
  • A solution on how to cut the hydraulic on hose up to -8 (1/2") inside diameter.
  • An adapter assortment containing most every common port and connection in the United States. This includes the following: Female JIC, Male JIC, Female Pipe, Male Pipe, O-ring Boss, O-ring Face Seal, and elbow adapters in 45 degree and 90 degree. Replacement parts will be available from authorized distributors. Future Kits as well as supplemental parts are planned with international ports and threads which will be made available to our authorized distributors.
  • No skiving required. To skive a hose means you have to take off the outer cover of the hose to attach the fitting. This requires additional steps and if you skive too far, you expose the steel braiding to weather and contaminants resulting in rusting, which would end in premature failure of your hose. 

The hose and fittings you get in our Hose kits are the latest technology and best hydraulic hose available on the market. You don't have to compromise pressure, temperature, ozone or abrasion resistance when you use a Hose Kit product. This is the best on-the-spot solution for small shop, farm, tow truck, car hauler, snow plow, dump truck, machinery, stump grinders and more. Basically, if you have a one or two wire hydraulic application and want to be prepared for when it goes down... this will be there for you when you need it.

This kit is designed as a permanent solution for not only emergency requirements, but it can be used for preventative maintenance before a hose fails. It saves a small shop from having to purchase a hose crimper which can range from $2,500.00 US for a portable version to $25,000 US for a 2" production machine. It can also keep a shop from having the need for a dedicated hose cut off saw which can start around the $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 US range. Also, when you compare the costs of a crimped hose to our field attachable hydraulic hose, in most cases it will cost less for the identical assembly.

It's 2:00 in the morning. Do you know where you're hose is? If a hose fails in the middle of a forest, does it make a noise or is it just you cursing? Use HoseKit to make your one and two wire requirements and save the wait and the cost! We have a handy identification page that will help you identify if our HoseKit hose will work for you! 

A perfect companion to any tow truck for their use or a vehicle that has had their hydraulics fail; such as a car hauler, dump truck, etc... farmers will only have to go as far as their barn to have a hydraulic hose made, and equipment rental shops can do on-the-spot repairs... and so much more. What application for hydraulic hose do you have? If it is 1 or 2 wire, this kit is a must have for you!

No sale is ever final. Once you have used some of the items in the kit, you can order replacement parts, or if you have needs beyond the items included in the kits, they will be made available through authorized HoseKit distributors. An example would be a jump size assembly that may have 1/4" male pipe on one end and on the other end may have a 3/8" female JIC. Although these kits can do 324 different assemble combinations, depending on the application, needs beyond the kit can be met easily.

I love to oversimplify things. When coming up with a warranty, I provided you with the backing that these are made right, and made to work. If one fails, we will replace the item(s) with new product or give a credit on a future order. If by some chance a product goes out  with any defect in manufacturing, for the life of the hose, it will be covered. Please see the warranty section of www.HoseKit.com for more information. Sales on Kickstarter are also bound by the terms and conditions of the warranty on www.HoseKit.com.

Our HoseKit product is the epitome of quality. The self branded HoseKit hose will be made by an ISO 9001:2000 Certified Quality approved manufacturer to ensure high tolerances and a worry free assembly. We have done a lot of research as to the correct specifications and way to go about putting together a safe, reliable and efficient system. We chose the products in our kits based on quality before price; this ensures your health, well being and dependability with our kits.

This is an exciting new product for our industry and only through the support of distribution channels and other key players in our industry will this be a success. Initially, and only for Kickstarter backers, this will be sold to the end users directly and at a special price. After this has been funded successfully and brought to market, the HoseKit will only be available through authorized distributors of this kit. I have talked to several customers, truckers, construction and maintenance people and we can see these support items in agriculture retail houses as well as truck stops, in places that have a lot of general contractors visit who may own their own machinery with hydraulics, tool rental shops, industrial suppliers, and at conventional hose repair shops as a point of sale / impulse buy product. 

If you own or work for a company that HoseKit would be a perfect product to offer your customers, please order the distributor pack; which will protect your territory. We will be setting up distribution channels and want to protect our distributors. Authorized distributors will be on a first come, first served basis and will be based on a commitment to initial stock as well as yearly turns. Please note that this project is backed by our warranty, and our guarantee against manufacturer defect, but is non-returnable as a Kickstarter project. If, by chance there is/are defective part(s) or missing part(s) we will replace them at our cost. As a protected distributor, future kits and parts purchased as an authorized distributor will be covered completely by our warranty and assurance guarantee.

Once successfully funded, we will turn our attention to advertising in trade publications and forums that best cover audiences for the HoseKit product line. On top of your point of sale and current marketing plan - we will be creating additional awareness and driving business to you through magazine advertising, banner ads and the distributor locator located at www.HoseKit.com

Working as a distributor for over 25 years, I know it is important to set a price point which will sell as well as provide margins that allow a distributor to warrant stocking these kits. As a distributor, you will be given stocking wholesale pricing which is designed to facilitate representation and reward our distributor base. Pricing sheets and sales flyers will be shipped with our distributor packs. 

Videos like the one below are being made to help understand what the HoseKit product offerings are and how we will be directing business to YOU if you are a distributor. Sign up for a distributor pack today!

With a minimal initial investment in the distributor pack today, you will be given the opportunity to be a protected authorized distributor for your territory. This will direct traffic to your store as well as reward your loyalty to the distribution channel of the HoseKit line by not setting up competition in your area. The 'Find a local distributor' section of our website will include your contact information and location.

If you've ever experienced a hydraulic hose failure that really inconvenienced you or your company, this is a no-brainer solution to reduce down time, increase production, get back up and running with a simple, low-cost solution. It's not a question of if, but when a wear and tear consumable such as hydraulic hose will fail, HoseKit will be there for you when it does.

Time Line: 

  • Late May: Start Awareness Campaign - DONE!
  • Early June: Start Kickstarter Campaign (30 days) - DONE!
  • Early July: Kickstarter funding ends
  • Mid July: Funds Received, Order Parts, start initial assembly of HoseKits as parts arrive..
  • Mid September/ Mid October : Private lay-line Hose and Fittings arrive. Go through quality control.
  • Late September / Late October: Complete kitting.
  • Late September / Late October: Kits Ship to destinations.

Additional Funding Goals:

  • at $30,000, we will replace the sealed bag with the fittings and adapters with a die cut foam fitting and adapter holder appealing to everyone's retentive side.

What is included in each bag:

Depending on the dash size of the hose, you get an ample amount of footage of the hose that covers most applications of that size. See descriptions of kits for lengths of hose. This hose will have a self-branded lay line; which gives pressure rating, hose specifications, the HoseKit name and production date/lot number for traceability.

Each kit contains 2 Hose Medic RED field attachable (no crimper needed, No Skive) hydraulic fittings designed for the HM style hydraulic hose in the kit. These fittings are specially designed so that you do not remove the outside cover of the hose in order to attach them.

The fitting pack that comes with each kit include Male Jic, Female Pipe, Oring Boss, Oring Face Seal, Male Pipe Tapered, 45 degree elbows and 90 degree elbows. This gives the assembler the ability to create 324 different configurations on their assembly. The math: 2 ends by 6 different terminating fitting ends, 3 angles (straight, 45 and 90 degree) which is ((3x6)x(3x6)) = 324 configurations of hose.

The HK01 hydraulic hose cutters are provided separately than the HoseKit HoseMedic kits. 

Risks and challenges

This project is easy to use, has been tested, and proven. As far as any challenges, they include awareness and the cost of an initial minimum run of the self-branded hydraulic hose. I've secured all costs and any challenges in creating this kit, and it's simply a matter of having the hose and fittings made to our specifications.

Once this Kickstarter campaign is complete and funded, we will bring in the components of the kits, do quality inspection and testing, assemble the kits in Akron, Ohio and ship as soon as we can. The biggest hurdle is the cost on the initial stock run. Everything else should go like clockwork.

We need your help to make this happen! The initial investment is fairly high, and only through crowd-funding can we warrant this project as well as keep production costs low, which in turn we can pass on to you and to future buyers!

If you know anyone that could benefit from having a Hose Kit come to their rescue, please let them know about this exciting and new product! Please post this to a relevant forum, share it on your Facebook page, help us to create an awareness of this great product and the campaign to fund it. I look forward to shipping these and getting testimonials of real life experiences where these kits have come to the rescue!

Please Note: Final products and packaging may change in appearance such as example hose does not show lay-line and fitting bag will change. Final testing on hose may change pressure rating on lay-line of hose. The actual HoseKit HoseMedic bag is shown as expected to ship. Retail labeling, packaging and bar code to be added.

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    Kickstarter special price. Specialized hydraulic hose cutters - designed to cut -4 (1/4"), -6 (3/8") and -8 (1/2") ID hose clean and straight. Not recommended for cutting larger sizes. Retail Value $79.95 US Includes Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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    Kickstarter special price. Receive 1 Hose Kit -4 (1/4") standard kit which is 25 ft of 1/4" HM-04 hose, 2 field attachable -4 JIC fittings, and the adapter kit that allows up to 324 different combinations of end connections. Retail Value $149.00 US Includes Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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    Kickstarter special price. Receive 1 Hose Kit -6 (3/8") standard kit which is 25 ft of 3/8" HM-06 hose, 2 field attachable -6 JIC fittings, and the adapter kit that allows up to 324 different combinations of end connections. Retail Value $159.95 US Includes Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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    Kickstarter special price. Receive 1 Hose Kit -8 (1/2") standard kit which is 20 ft of 1/2" HM-08 hose, 2 field attachable -8 JIC fittings, and the adapter kit that allows up to 324 different combinations of end connections. Retail Value $179.95 US Includes Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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    KickStarter special price. Receive 1 Hose Kit -12 (3/4") standard kit which is 20 ft of 3/4" HM-12 hose, 2 field attachable -12 JIC fittings, and the adapter kit that allows up to 324 different combinations of end connections. Retail Value $199.95 US Includes Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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    Kickstarter special price. Receive 1 Hose Kit -16 (1") standard kit which is 15 ft of 1" HM-16 hose, 2 field attachable -16 JIC fittings, and the adapter kit that allows up to 324 different combinations of end connections. Retail Value $249.95 US Includes Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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    The whole KIT and Caboodle. You get one of every size kit (-4, -6, -8, -12, -16) and the HK01 hydraulic hose cutters. Retail Value $1014.00 US. Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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    Distributor Pack - Only for KickStarter - Special pricing for distributors that would like to lock up their territory and carry HoseKit in a Wholesale / Retail environment. This includes five kits of -4 (1/4"), -6 (3/8") and -8 (1/2") and 2 kits of -12 (3/4") and -16 (1") plus 3 HoseKit hose cutters. Additionally, a single location that purchases this distributor pack will be granted protected territory distribution rights. Please note that purchases will be granted one (1) location per Distribution Pack(s) that are purchased. Includes Freight to US 48 states only. Locations outside of the 48 states or international, you must provide your own freight pickup or freight account number to ship against.

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