I recently had to replace a rusted brake line in my truck (arghhhhh!!!). I used new style nicopper lines and they were much easier to work with!
If (like me) you had never heard of nicopper, it is an alloy line made out of nickel and copper (as opposed to steel). DOT approved for brake line use and speced to over 3000 psi working. Softer to bend and flare than steel, and doesn't rust like steel lines would. You can flare ends with a cheaper $30 tool instead of a $100+ flare tool.
Got me thinking......
Could it be used for implement lines in a gt? Tubing is available from most auto parts stores in 1/4 inch tube. My reference chart says that 1/4 inch tube in a gt level pressure use should flow 2-3 gpm. If all your doing is moving a hydraulic ram (like for a plow blade or blower lift), is that enough?
While not available locally (usually), you can order the stuff in 3/8 size, which would flow around 8gpm - that SHOULD be enough flow for any cylinder we would use, right?
Not sure what threading is required on the nut, say to fit a deere 318, but jic fittings in many sizes are available.
If you had to custom make lines (like for me 316 to 318 diesel conversion), or were adding power steering, or a second set of implement plugs, could you use the easier to form/flair nicopper? Not for the high flow lines of course, but for the impellent lines...
Anybody tried it before? Or have an opinion?