Air Hoses: The Lifeline of Your Pneumatic Tools
The right one should fit your tools, your budget, your work, and even the weather outside.
Synopsis: An air hose might not be the most glamorous component of a tool kit, but for many builders, it’s a vital player in any construction job. After researching the market and talking to builders across the country, FHB editor Justin Fink learned that there is no all-around perfect air hose. The optimal choice depends on the tool being used with the hose, the budget, the builder’s work habits, and the working environment. Air hoses are made either of rubber, PVC, nylon, or polyurethane; each material has assets and liabilities depending on where it is used. This article includes sidebars on job-site air-hose repair, hose diameter, and metal fittings for air hoses.
Magazine extra: Watch Justin Fink explain the differences between air-hose materials and demonstrate three easy fixes that can make a damaged hose as good as new.
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