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  • Parker Steam Hose

    Parker Steam HoseParker Steam Hose is built to withstand one of the most brutal applications hose is used for, where steam cycles hot, cold wet, and dry conditions both internally and externally on the rubber compounds that are used for its construction. One of the best examples of this is the Dragon Breath 250, series 7288. This is a traditional oil resistant hose that has been specifically designed by Parker to withstand the tough environment of the hot, cold wet, and dry cycle. The Dragon Breath 250 has an EPDM tube that helps prevent popcorning and heat resistance. This hose also features a wire braid reinforcement for prevention against crushing and to provide extended durability throughout its service life. This wire braid also creates a path to conduct a static electrical charge to ground. Lastly, this particular hose series 7288 is especially popular among oil refineries due to its red cover that is resistant to weathering and oil while providing color coding.

    Another popular entry in the Parker Steam Hose category is the Steam-Lance 250, series 7264 (red). This hose has been designed as a traditional steam hose, built to withstand the hot, cold wet, dry condition cycle that steam applications impose. The EPDM tube, much like with the Dragon Breath 250, helps to resist popcorning and heat while adding a wire brain reinforcement for preventing crushing. The wire braid also adds kink resistance, and a red cover that is resistant to abrasion, cracking, hardening, and ozone.

  • Parker Oil Field Hose

    Parker BS & W Series 7213EParker Oil Field Hose is a specially designed product primarily used in Frac tank service applications or as a high pressure discharge hose in drilling mud or petroleum waste. This hose is also used in water discharge applications.

    One hose we feature is the BS & W Corrugated Oil Field Suction/ Vacuum Hose, Series 7213E. This hose is lightweight and flexible, used for suction and discharge and able to handle brine, crude oil, mild chemicals, petroleum waste, sediments, sludge, and slurries. The hose also easily handles water in harsh environments like oil field bottom sediment or waste pit recovery applications. Series 7213E is very strong and features a wire helix that provides full suction capability, flexibility, and kink resistance. The cover of the hose is also resistant to abrasion.

    Another hose we offer is the Parker Mud Discharge Hose, Series 7309. As the name implies this hose is heavy duty and ready for rugged environments. It’s designed to handle drilling mud, mild chemicals, petroleum waste, and water. The hose is manufactured with a heavy duty wall to provide strength and durability. The hose also features the ability to conduct static electrical charge to ground. This hose is available in 200 foot continuous lengths. Pressure rating maxes out at 300 PSI.

    If you’ve got any questions on the Oil Field Hose from Parker, feel free to call the MRO Stop team or drop an email…we’ll be happy to help!

  • Petroleum and LP Gas Hose

    Parker Petroleum and LP Gas hose line is a mix of hoses specifically designed to deal with LP and Petroleum gases that are highly flammable and potentially dangerous. These gases are typically used for heating appliances and vehicle applications. To accommodate for the safe and effective transfer of LP Gas and Petroleum, Parker has designed several different series of hoses to choose from with respect to your specific application. In the following post the MRO Stop team will discuss a couple of these hose products in detail as well as some specific applications for use.

    Parker Petroleum LP Gas HoseParker LP Gas Hose Series 7132 is a lightweight and flexible LPG (liquefied petroleum gas)/Propane hose for delivery and transfer. The hose construction is reinforced for kink resistance and flexibility. The outside of the hose is also constructed to withstand mild chemicals and ozone, using a perforated cover. This hose is available in long reel lengths from the factory, and has met all Underwriters Laboratories and Canadian Gas Association requirements. Series 7132 is rated for 350 PSI and a temperature range of -40 F to +180 F.

    Parker LP Gas Hose Series 7170 is a lightweight and flexible version of Parkers LP gas hoses that is primarily designed for BBQ’s and grills, portable heaters, and small appliances. This hose, like the others, meets all Underwriters Laboratories and Canadian Standards Association requirements. Pressure, being in line with small appliances or grill applications, is 5 PSI. The temperature range is -40 F to +180 F. This hose is resistant to mild chemicals, oil, and ozone, utilizing a perforated cover. The hose is also constructed to maximum flexibility and kink resistance using multiple textile plies.

    Parker LP Gas Hose Series 7243 Stainless Steel Reinforced – Textile Cover is an extremely rugged and durable LPG/Propane transfer hose that is small in diameter. This hose is tough and best suited for fuel line hose on forklifts and utility equipment.  This hose is constructed using high tensile stainless steel braided reinforcement, providing superior strength, durability, and kink resistance. This textile cover gives the 7243 series the ability to resist abrasion and mild chemicals, as well as ozone.Parker Material Handling Hose 8341

    The hoses detailed here, and other approved LP Gas Hoses, can be used with Natural Gas but there are a few caveats.  The application must be outside or extremely well ventilated inside with continuous air movement. Parker LP Gas Hose should not be used to replace fixed or rigid pipe. Use rigid pipe whenever possible to convey natural gas, when that is the more appropriate material. The hoses detailed here are never to be used for Compressed Natural Gas applications. For CNG applications only used specially approved hoses, such as the Parker Parflex CNG Hose.

  • Parker Material Handling Hose

    Parker has a well-rounded selection of Material Handling Hoses to deal with a wide range of applications, such as sand blasting, high pressure concrete & cement, and hoses for conveying granular food or powder. In the following Blog the MRO Stop team will detail out a couple of the hoses we carry in this category and their specific material handling capabilities.

    Parker Petroleum LP Gas Hose

    The Concrete Placement Hose, series 7236, is a natural rubber hose that is a high pressure placement hose for dry and wet concrete. The hose is constructed with a heavy wall that prevents kinking and a thick rubber that is static dissipating. The tube is resistant to abrasion as well. The hose is suitable for use with abrasive materials, concrete, dry and wet cement, plaster, and in construction and general industrial applications.  You can buy the 7236 in 200 ft continuous lengths. This hose is rated for a maximum working pressure of 800 PSI, but it’s worth noting that couplings attached with bands or clamps may reduce the effective working pressure. Temperature range is -30F to +150 F.

    Parker Material Handling Hose 8341If loading & unloading barges, hoppers, and railcars is more your thing than concrete placement, you’d be looking for the Super-Flex, series 7363. This hose is a flexible suction and discharge hose specially designed for dry or wet abrasive materials, making it perfect for such applications mentioned. The hose is naturally resistant to weathering and abrasion from its corrugated rubber blend construction. The wire helix affords this hose full suction capability and kink resistance. Max working pressure is 100 PSI and temperature range is -40F to +160F.

    Parker Day-Lite Corrugated Material Handling Hose is in the dirty business of sewage transfer applications on mobile vacuum trucks. This hose is a suction/vacuum and discharge hose for dry or wet abrasive materials and debris. Series 8341 is available in 200 ft continuous lengths and is rated for 100 PSI. Temperature range is -40F to +160F.

  • Food Grade Hose

    Food Grade Hose

    Do you need an FDA approved hose that is designed to handle sensitive materials like non-fatty food, pellets, potable water, debris, grains, and granules? The MRO Stop blog is here to shed some light on a couple of our most popular offerings in the Food Grade Hose category from Parker Industrial Hose.

    Parker Food Grade Hose is specially designed to meet all FDA requirements & specifications for safe handling of liquid, air, and powdered foods.  Series 7581, Thoro-Braid, clear PVC Hose is designed to transfer dry abrasive materials. These can include grains, granules, pellets, and powders. In addition the Thoro-Braid was designed for beverages, non-fatty and non-oily foods, and sanitary products. The Thoro-Braid hose offers full-flow and is constructed to not impart any taste or order. The hose also features a tube that is abrasion resistant. The hose is clear PVC so the material being transferred is easily observed for visual reference. As an additional visual reference and for color coding efficiency there is also a red tracer line down the hose. For general industrial service in air, flexible conduit, and water applications the Thoro-Braid offers excellent service.PVC Suction Hose

    Parker Food Grade Dynaflex Clear Corrugated PVC Suction hose, Series 7563, is a suction and discharge hose that is lightweight and flexible. This hose, along with series 7564 (medium duty) and 7570 (heavy duty), is designed for use with debris, grains, granules, pellets, and powders. Non-fatty and non-oily foods, liquids, and sanitary products are also suitable for transport using the Dynaflex series hose. Another use is transport of potable water in a variety of applications. The Dynaflex series 7563, series 7564, and series 7570 all feature a clear PVC hose wall to allow visual observation.

    Parker Food Grade Dynaflex Series 7570 is a heavy duty PVC suction and discharge hose. The 7570 series features a stronger Wire Helix reinforcement that provides added strength on top of the features of both the 7563 and the 7564 series Dynaflex hose.

  • General Purpose Air Hose

    General Purpose Air Hose

    Parker Push-Lok Multipurpose hose is easily the most versatile general purpose hose on the market. It’s easy to see why when checking out the feature rich hose. The 801 Multipurpose has the broadest fluid compatibility application range and size range in the industry. Couple this with the fact that it also has the highest working pressure in all sizes, has an amazingly simple Push-Lok system that requires no clamping or special tools, and an exclusive color coding system that makes inventory and identification supremely efficient.  For leak-free service the Push-Lok systems offers a unique seal that is reliable and durable. Push-Lok hose provides the ability to construct assemblies in seconds, which adds considerable value in saving time and cost.

     Push-Lok 801 is approved for both HY Series crimp fittings and 82 series push on. Push-Lok Plus 804 comes with an EPDM inner tube. This provides for hot water, dry air, and phosphate ester fluids. 804 should not be used with lubricated air or oil based media. If you’ve got a higher pressure system, like shop air for example, Push-Lok 821 is a perfect choice. This hose is approved with 82 Series fittings. It can also be purchased with a fire-resistant (FR) cover if you need to use it near welding applications. If you’ve got a high temperature and/or a higher working pressure than 821 your best bet would be Push-Lok Plus 836. This hose is rated for up to 302 degrees F heat-resistant performance, and can also be used with HY and 82 Series fittings.

    Air Hose

    Push-Lok offers a great advantage in the color-coded hose offerings. Many applications feature a number of lines each carrying a different media, and Push-Lok color coding can reduce line tracing and improve efficiency. Imagine downtime from disconnecting the wrong line…this can be avoided completely using Parker Push-Lok color coding. In addition, color coding enhances product appearance, improves inventory control, and identifies industrial drop lines.

    Fast-Stor Assemblies from Parflex, Parkers Coiled Air Hose, are Self-Retracting hose assemblies. These assemblies are manufactured from a nylon that is extremely tough and abrasion resistant. Fast-Stor is perfectly suited for long service life in rugged applications, as it features extremely good memory characteristics over a wide range of temperatures. Service temperature range is -40F to +200F. Fast-Stor is manufactured in “Safety Yellow” making it sought after in the industry due to OSHA directives.

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    Air Hose Construction


  • Parker Acid Transfer Hose and Chemical Transfer Hose Guide

    Parker Industrial Hose division offers a variety of Acid Hose and Chemical Hose products. These products are designed to deal with especially harsh chemical transfers while remaining resistant to abrasion and mild external chemicals. Each series offers a nylon tube that prevents any contaminate of the material being transferred.

    Parker Blue Thunder, series 7373T, hose offers high pressure and high temperature suction and discharge. This hose is specially designed and equipped to handle 98% of common acids, solvents, and chemicals.  Common applications for this hose would include in-plant transfer, storage tank transfer, and transportation or delivery of chemicals, acid, and solvents. Temperature range for Blue Thunder is -40 to 250F. The hose has a corrugated construction that includes a dual wire helix that offers multiple advantages, including Full Suction, Kink Resistance, Flexibility, and a Static-Electric discharge path. This hose is rated for 200 PSI.

     Acid Hose

    Parker 7274 & 7276 Poly-Chem series hose offers lower temperature suction and discharge than the 7373T Blue Thunder. Temperature range is -20 to 160 F and is primarily used for common Acids, Chemicals, and Solvents in Transportation and In-Plant Tank Transfer. The Poly-Chem hose offers the same wire helix that provides kink resistance, suction, and grounding support, as the Blue Thunder.
    The 7274 and 7276 differ only in that the 7274 is a corrugated wrapped finish hose and would therefore offer a slightly stronger exterior construction. The Poly-Chem 7274 and 7276 are rated for 200 PSI.

    Chemical Transfer

    Parker Thoro-Spray series 7180 is a hose specifically designed to work with fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides among other common chemicals and water. The Thoro-Spray cover is commercially and residentially friendly with a cover that offers no marking on surfaces and resistance to mild chemicals and weather. The braided textile reinforcement of the hose provides kink resistance and exceptional coupling retention. Temperature range for this hose is -20 to +180 F.  The Thoro-Spray hose is high pressure with an 800 PSI max rating.

    Parkers Paint Fluid Hose, series 7108, is our only Parker medium pressure chemical hose, facilitating pressure up to 500 PSI. This hose is precisely designed to transfer high aromatic content products. These can include Ketone solvents, Lacquers, Paint Thinners, Oil based paints, Water based paints, and a variety of other mild chemicals. As with our other chemical hoses, this one includes a nylon tube that prevents any leaching of the environment or contaminate to the material being conveyed. The hose cover also shields against mild chemicals, oil, and ozone. The construction of this hose provides such features as Kink Resistance and superior coupling retention.

  • Identification of Firestone Heavy Duty Air Spring Style Numbers

    Style numbers are the method Firestone uses to describe the form of the rubber and fabric bellows used in our air spring assemblies. This bellows style is the major contributor to the physical performance characteristics of the Firestone air spring assembly, and is the first piece of information necessary to identify a part in the field.

    firestone-air-sping-style-numberMolded into the sidewall of each Convoluted and 1T style Firestone bellows is a style number. It can take the form of up to three distinct groups of letters and numbers. First there may be a group of one to three letters, normally “K” or “AY”. This is a designation of the manufacturing entity. It is not important to your identification. Next will be a more familiar series of numbers and letters like 26C or 1T15M6. This is the style number. Finally there may be an additional letter like “E”. This is just a designation of the firestone-air-sping-style-number-2mold cavity that the part was cured in (in the case of “E” it would be the 5th mold cavity). Again, this is not important to your identification.

    Now, we need to explain a bit more about the style number itself. A convoluted part will normally be a 2 or 3 digit number, perhaps with a “-” after it. However, after all of the numbers there will be a letter like B, C, D, etc. This is just a designation of the latest design iteration. In most cases this will not affect the performance of the part since it should meet the same performance criteria in order to keep the same style number. However, for complete-ness in communication it is usually best when calling in to tell Firestone this letter if you can read it. (i.e. 22B or 22C).

    On the 1T style parts we need the whole character string (i.e. 1T15M-6). The 1T designates a heavy duty rolling part with a piston or pedestal on one end. The number after 1T refers to the basic family size of the part (i.e. 14, 15, 19, etc.) The next few letters give us specific performance characteristics, and finally the number after the “-” indicates the length of the part. This whole string is necessary to determine the style number.

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    The zombie apocalypse is coming! Check out this video to see how the GoSol Power Box can help you stay alive when the walking dead descend upon you. GoSol Power is a line of point-of-use power generation products that help you break the bonds of dependency to the Grid. Check out the GoSol Power website for a rundown of our products...your very life may depend on it.  Check out all GoSol Power solar power products at MRO Stop.

  • Parker Store Locations

    parker store logo MRO Stop now has 2 authorized Parker Store locations!  The core offering of our Parker Stores is centered around hoses, fittings, adapters and related products in the hydraulic, pneumatic and other fluid, gas and material handing markets. Services Include:

    • Fitting Identification & Interchange
    • Product & Equipment Training
    • Equipment Rental, Leasing, and Financing
    • Customized Connector Inventory Management
    • Full-Service City Counter
    • 24 / 7 Emergency Service
    • On-site Installation and Fluid Connector Plumbing
    • MRO-tailored Services
    • Preventive Maintenance Program
    • Service Module Kit Development


    Charlotte Parker Store:

    11616 Wilmar Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28273 (704) 525 8802

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    Savannah Parker Store:

    423 Hwy 80 Garden City, GA 31408 (912) 964-1113

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