Joel, the DL hoses have male ORB fittings on them. Most of these hoses are pretty hard after 20 years of use. You can probably find adapters to go from ORB to pipe thread but you still end up with a section of old crusty hose and extra joints in it and most of those adapters are >$10-$14 each. I didn't want to spend $50 in fittings just to glom together a bunch of crusty hoses.Steve, did you attempt to buy hoses that would connect directly to the deck lift cylinder hoses? I have not examined the DLHs recently, but IIRC correctly they have a threaded end on the cylinder end and I would think it is likely that you could probably buy pre-made hoses with the correct ends, OR buy adapters that would connect the DLHs to a pre-made hoses, OR get hoses made up with ends that would work without you having to cut DLHs off of the barbed ends.
I wanted a clean install so I felt better putting in the work to cut the fittings out and have them crimped into hose with 1/4 npt ends on the other end.