Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a flow fuse to provide fire protection?

NO! Flow fuses are meant to prevent the uncontrolled movement of an actuator in case of hose failure. To avoid false tripping they must be set above the typical system flow, usually 50% above. On a 4 gpm (15 L/min.) circuit the flow fuse may need to be set at 6 gpm (23 L/min.) to avoid false tripping. Hoses do not normally fail totally, they spring a leak. If the hose springs a 5.5 gpm (21 L/min.) leak the flow fuse will not trip. 5.5 gpm (21 L/min.) of hydraulic fluid will feed a fire that would heat a small town in Ohio (Denmark) in January!