The ABC’s (and DEF’s) of Cam-Lok Fittings

Cam and Groove Couplings, or Cam-Lok fittings, are used to connect two hoses together in a multitude of industries.  They’re easy to use, requiring no tools to connect and disconnect the two halves of the couplings.- just some man strength. They’re an extremely versatile product, and because there are no threads on the coupling halves, there are no issues with them becoming dirty or damaged. This means camlock couplings are very suitable for messy settings.  Here is a quick guide to Cam-Lok fittings – with pictures!

Boss is Boss

“I need an O-ring, and if you have one that’s just a little bit bigger, that would be great.”  I hear this a lot from customers who come in with O-ring Boss fittings.  They’re here because they’ve tried skinnier O-rings, thicker O-rings, even O-rings out of a kit they had in the back of their garage for years; but no matter what, the fitting will not stop leaking. What they haven’t tried, however, is the RIGHT O-ring.  O-ring Boss fittings, or SAE straight thread, are designed to sandwich an O-ring between the angular sealing surface of the female port and …

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What’s it off of?

If you’ve ever been to our shop to have a hose made, you know that’s a standard question we ask. Mostly it’s to open up conversation with a customer, give them a chance to talk about how hard the hose was to get off, talk about their equipment and the kind of work they do, etc. But, really, we’re looking for clues. If they say it’s off of a New Holland tractor and it looks like regular pipe, we know to take a closer look because it’s going to be British pipe. If they say it’s off of a transmission, …

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