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BlasterStumps    Posted 01-06-2016 at 14:38:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • air hose fittings
  • I need to do a little upgrading of my air hose to tool couplings. Well mostly because the few I do have are something like 40 years old and I don't know if that style is available any longer. Haven't seen them in the stores for some time anyway.
    So, taking advantage of this new forum again to ask the question...What is your recommendation for a good air line fitting/coupling type, brand, size, etc.?
    I bought some blue poly air line that snags my feet and tries to trip me every time I get around it so I'm looking to change it to a rubber air hose as well.
    I don't use a whole lot of air tools but the one tool that I have, my 1/2" impact, needs plenty of air to take advantage of the torque it can produce. Other tools I have are air drill, spray guns, stapler, pin nailer, and would like to add a small parts blaster at some point.
    I know I could go to the big box store to buy fittings but I don't think choosing the right fitting is all that easy.
    Mike in CO

    36 coupe    Posted 01-25-2017 at 09:00:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: air hose fittings
  • I buy air hose made by Goodyear in the USA.I use Milton fittings that have a collar that keeps tools from flying free if the line is dropped on concrete floors.

    BlasterStumps    Posted 01-08-2016 at 10:52:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • follow up: got the air hose so far
  • I settled on some Legacy HFZ3850YW2 Flexzilla 3/8 by 50 Zilla Green Air Hose with 1/4 Ends. I have used water hoses from this same manuf. and really like them so I thought I would give their air hose a try. I'm thinking about using the blue poly air line that I have to run up and over to the other side of the shop so I can use air in another location without having a hose all over the floor. Since it is 1/4" ID I probably could only use a drill on it or airgun. But I might as well use it for something rather than pitch it in the dust bin. The local NAPA store said they can band the barbed fittings so I could cut it to length and use it on the walls etc.

    BlasterStumps    Posted 01-09-2016 at 21:22:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: follow up: got the air hose so far
  • I'm glad I took this little project on. I learned a lot about fitting, hose, and shop air systems. I only changed my hose and all my fittings so far but very glad that I have that blue plastic air hose out of my shop. I just might not bust my butt now. I have been worried that I would not notice the hose around my feet and fall. After my fall this spring, I know I don't want to fall again. Took over 4 months to recover from that one.

    I think now I will continue to work on the shop air system where I mount the ling to the walls and have take off points at several locations. I might just end up with the rapidair system. Sure looks tempting.

    Thanks everyone that responded. This has been a good learning experience.
    mIke in CO

    Carson (Ncal)    Posted 01-07-2016 at 00:22:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: air hose fittings
  • You might look at TP Tools ( I have been using their high flow quick connects and they seem to work well. They also have a new flexible pipe called Maxline Rapidair. Looks like a neat way to install a permanent air distribution system with less work than regular pipe.

    Overall I have been satisfied with their products and they ship quick.

    BlasterStumps    Posted 01-07-2016 at 08:48:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • That's interesting stuff. I might have to give that some thought. Maybe in my upgrade, add some line around the shop. Thanks for the info.

    rick    Posted 01-06-2016 at 22:34:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: air hose fittings
  • blasterstumps, i have a bag of different quick disconnects ive been moving around for years. i use the lincoln and the milton but most of these are an industrial kind i think,wont fit my stuff and i dont want to change everything.if its something you can use i'd be more than happy to send you what you need to get them out of my way.

    BlasterStumps    Posted 01-07-2016 at 09:00:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: air hose fittings
  • The more I get into this air compressor stuff, the more planning I need to do. I appreciate your offer and it could be something I could use but right now, I really have no idea. I'll spend some more time planning out what I want to do first. Very kind offer though.

    Thank you.

    Andy B (MI)    Posted 01-06-2016 at 22:12:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: air hose fittings
  • I bought all my air compressor stuff at Harbor Freight just because it's cheap and I knew I wouldn't be using it much. First mistake was buying a 50 foot rubber air hose. If ya have a big compressor that's hard to move around that might be great, but for me it's always in the way. I would rather a 25 foot or maybe even just a 10 foot hose. The fittings work but it took a bit of teflon tape on each one to keep them from leaking. So it works for me but I recommend buying them from some other place if you plan on doing anything more than pumping up tires and blowing dust off engines. In Grandpa's shop he uses Bosch fittings and such. Never leaked. Been stepped on, driven over, and hammered. Anyway, all that to say, I like Bosch and craftsman pneumatic stuff. I could tell you a whole nuther story about why craftsman is great, but, I will spare you from that.

    Dave Smith    Posted 01-06-2016 at 18:10:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: air hose fittings
  • What size air line are you going to use? Most are 3/8 in.
    Amazon has all kinds of them for sale. Look under quick disconect fittings.
    You can them at most hardware stores. Tractor Supply has them as well as Harbor frieght.
    Dave <*)))><

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