Are You Using the Right Rubber Hose?

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Using the right hose for the wrong application can be very costly because it may risk the safety of your workers and damage the equipment. This article will help you avoid the same mistakes made by other users and teach you how to choose the right rubber hose for the right application.

An industrial hose is always identical to rubber. Rubber is a polymer, either natural or synthetic, that can be shaped in high temperature (thermoplastic) and has high elastic modulus; meaning it can retain its original form when deformed. This elastic material has been used for hose construction due to its versatility in fluid transfer. This versatility is obtained from the wide variety of rubber types available. Since each type has its unique properties, it creates more opportunity to convey more chemicals.

There are plenty of rubber types on the market. The most commonly used are Natural Rubber (NR), Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR), Nitrile Rubber (NBR), Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomers Rubber (EPDM) and Neoprene/Chloroprene Rubber (CR). For this article, we will base our discussion solely on these 5 types. Each of them has unique traits that make them applicable to a specific application. It is advisable to contact your salesperson to find the right rubber hose.


The table below summarizes the entire advantages and disadvantages of different rubber hoses.

Rubber Types Code Advantage Disadvantage Application
Natural Rubber NR 1. Excellent Physical Property
2. Excellent Abrasion Resistant
1. Poor Oil Resistant
2. Low Operating Temperature Range
1. Bulk Material/dry material Hose.
Styrene-Butadiene Rubber SBR 1. Good Physical Property
2. Good Abrasion Resistant
1. Poor Oil Resistant 1. Utility Hose (Air & Water).
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer EPDM 1. Excellent heat, ozone and weathering Resistant
2. Excellent steam resistant
3. Excellent acid & caustic resistance
4. High Operating Temperature Range
1. Poor Oil Resistant 1. Hose Cover.
2. Steam Hose.
Nitrile Rubber NBR 1. Excellent oil resistance
2. Good physical properties
1. Poor Weathering Resistance 1. Fuel Transfer Hose.
Neoprene CR 1. Excellent weathering resistance
2. Flame Retardant
3. Good Oil resistance
4. Good Physical Properties
1. Hose Cover.

Personal Take Away

As a personal rule of thumb, NBR is always the first choice for oil transfer hose; EPDM is mostly used for hot water/steam hose; NR is the best choice for dry material hose; Neoprene is good for its fire-retardant property; SBR is mostly used for utility transfer hose.

To know more about different types of rubber, you may contact us for a free consultation. Wah Joo Seng supplies high quality and durability rubber hose. We provide the flexibility that fits your needs. Call us at (65)6298 3211 or drop us an email at Below is the list of rubber hose products from our Kingflex brand:

Rubber Types Code Kingflex Product
Natural Rubber NR BM150 and BMH150
Styrene-Butadiene Rubber SBR GP 150 and GP300
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomers EPDM Super Steam
Nitrile Rubber NBR PS150, PH150, PH300, PH400, PH16
Neoprene CR Cover for PH300 and PH400

Hopefully, you can now choose the right hose after reading this article. To learn more about hose and coupling industry visit our website here. Kindly share this blog to help all your friends that are using rubber hose.

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Author: Wah Joo Seng International Trading

Singapore Premium Hose and Coupling Distributor. Trusted since 1974. Delivering the best quality hose and coupling to you. Ready stock, assembly and delivery.

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