Hose clamps, or hose clips, are economical and reusable devices used to attach and tightly seal a hose onto a fitting to prevent working fluid or air from escaping. They are commonly used in a variety of applications including:
Automotive: They are used to secure hoses in the engine compartment of vehicles, such as coolant hoses, fuel lines, and brake lines.
Plumbing: They are used to secure hoses in plumbing systems, such as garden hoses, washing machine hoses, and dishwasher hoses.
HVAC: They are used to secure hoses in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, such as ductwork and refrigerant lines.
Industrial: They are used in industrial settings to secure hoses in a variety of applications, such as manufacturing, agriculture, and construction.
AFT carries many different types of hose clamps, including worm drive hose clamps, band clamps, bolt clamps, dryer hose clamps, heavy duty hose clamps, mini hose clamps, pinch clamps, quick release clamps, tension clamps, and vinyl dipped clamps, each offering a unique function.
When searching for the correct material, it's important to know if the clamp will be used in a low or high-corrosive environment.
Zinc plated hose clamps offer fair corrosion protection and are an economical choice for indoor or low-corrosive environments
18-8/304 stainless steel hose clamps offer very good corrosion protection.
316 stainless steel hose clamps offer excellent corrosion protection.
Hose clamps are also offered in a wide range of sizes, with 1/2” and 9/16” band width and sizes extending beyond 20 inches in diameter. Worm gear hose clamps are typically given in SAE sizes. Refer to our Hose Clamp Size Chart, which will help you select the correct size.
How to remove hose clamps:
To remove a hose clamp, you will need a flathead screwdriver, pliers, or a specialized hose clamp tool. Follow these steps:
- Locate the clamp: It is usually located on one end of the hose and can be identified by a metal band with a screw.
- Loosen the screw: Using the screwdriver or the hose clamp tool, turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen the clamp. You may need to apply some force to break the seal.
- Slide the clamp: Once the screw is loose, slide the clamp away from the end of the hose.
- Remove the hose: Pull the hose off the connector. If the hose is stuck, you can use pliers to wiggle it loose.
- Remove the clamp: If you plan to reuse the clamp, you can use pliers to remove it completely from the hose.
Note: If the clamp is stuck or difficult to remove, you can use a penetrating oil like WD-40 to help loosen it.
Please contact us if you don't see the part you need. AFT is your trusted source for small and large clamps, plus we specialize in sourcing hard-to-find products.