Buying an air hose could seem simple, but buying the right air hose for your project isn’t the case. There are enough options in hose materials, sizes, and fittings to go away you feeling deflated. Because of some expertise at Goldsione, we clear the air by choosing an air hose.
Air Hose Material
Compressor hoses are available in a variety of materials, including rubber, polyurethane, PVC, and a hybrid blend. Traditionally, hoses were made from rubber, and that they remain a favorite choice permanently reason. Rubber hoses are durable, kink-free, and that they maintain their flexibility in frigid temps. They’re also among the heaviest air hoses, something to think about in your selection.
Polyurethane or “poly” air hoses are a lighter-weight alternative. Considered an honest all-rounder, poly air hoses tend to be 40% to 50% lighter than their rubber counterparts. They’re also tough in changing temps and immune to kinks.
If you’re on a budget, PVC hoses are a fine alternative to rubber or poly air hoses. Best for warm weather, PVC hoses are lightweight and abrasion-resistant. They do, however, lack the pliability of a number of the opposite options.
Offering the simplest of both worlds, hybrid air hoses are composed of polyurethane, rubber, and PVC. Hybrid air hoses also are sturdier. Essentially, you get the pliability of rubber including the sturdiness of PVC. However, hybrid hoses typically come at a better entry price point in comparison to other hose materials.+
Tip: If you’re performing on interiors, choose a non-marking air hose to stop scuff marks on walls and trim.
Air Hose Length
Besides material, hose length is another factor to think about when shopping. If you’re not taking an air tool far away from your workspace, then a 50’ hose is plenty. For larger-scale projects like decking or framing, a 100’ hose is typically the more practical choice. therein case, you’re less likely to wish a cord which is hard on electric motors.
For one thing, unnecessarily long air hoses are often a tripping hazard. Longer hoses also increase frictional or atmospheric pressure loss. Increased frictional loss means a greater likelihood of manufacturing stair-stepped nails. While frictional loss occurs with any hose size, the speed increases with length.
Have questions on buying an air hose for your tool? Contact Customer Service for assistance finding the hose that best meets your needs.