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Old 10-30-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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1/4" recoil vs. 3/8" straight air hose


i am contemplating an acquisition of the attached 1/4" recoil air hose just because it looks less messy for jobs that don't require distance from the compressor. currently i use a 3/8" straight hose witch is a living mess because of its size and shape. but was wondering about the effect the reduced bandwidth might have on the nailer, i.e. if it will be slower or weaker?

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Stick with the 3/8 the 1/4 kinks way to easily and you will always be pulling on it against the natural coil built into it.

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I agree with Mark,,, not to mention it it's stretched out very far and you have a light tool, it will take the tool away from you as soon as you lay it down.
I bought a 50ft length of 3/8 from home depot and cut it into a 20' and two 15' lengths so I can get something about the right length no matter what. You can get 3/8" barb to 1/4" pipe fittings at most any plumbing department and air fittings at almost all auto parts stores.
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I agree with every one here---skip the recoil hose-(they are only good at a work bench)

They end up a snaggled up mess in no time.
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coil hoses are only any real use if they are connected to a air supply that is overhead such as in a shop space. otherwise i would pick up a normal 1/4" hose before id use a 3/8 for inside work
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1/4" is great when working in a workshop, and you are using it, with a bungee down the middle to attach tools, or using it in a workshop, with attachment points on the wall. Otherwise, they are a PITA to work with, when trying to do something. Way too short, and always getting tangled.

As for the short hose, it will tell you the lay when coiling back up. When unrolling it on the job, just lay it out, and give it a couple of twists in the air, to get it to lay straight.

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