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Air Hose for the shop

I have tried HF hoses in the past and they did not last, dry rot and collapse. I bought these about 4 years ago. Have their hoses improved at all? or should I look else where? Also what size hose should I use for an air impact drill. I tried my 1/4 and it laughed. I put on a 3/8 hose and it worked but just wondering from people who use these tools.

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3/8s. At HF prices I just buy replacements but really they have lasted quite well. I have four 50 ft pieces but only really use the 50 section on my reel. Got to move cfms for those tools.
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3/8s. At HF prices I just buy replacements but really they have lasted quite well. I have four 50 ft pieces but only really use the 50 section on my reel. Got to move cfms for those tools.

I've not had good luck with HF hoses but like I said they are a few years old. I know they have changed their hoses since I bought mine.
I went on Amazon and got a 3/8 x 50. It's a Flexzilla, a hybrid.


I had to machine a part for my bike and when I was digging around I found an impact drill my deceased friend gave me several years ago. I put some oil in it and hooked it to the 1/4 inch hose and nothing, then I managed to get a 3/8 hose to pas gas and the drill worked, spun a lug off the rim.
I'll use when I take my rims off, those lugs are starting to be fun the older I get.

My tractor PTO has failed also so I will use it to get that bolt off the crank.


Thanks for replying Stinger.

I figured you or John would chime in on this, but all my millions were burning a hole in my pocket and the PTO gets here Wednesday and I need to cut my overgrown weeds.
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I've not had good luck with HF hoses but like I said they are a few years old. I know they have changed their hoses since I bought mine.
I went on Amazon and got a 3/8 x 50. It's a Flexzilla, a hybrid.


I had to machine a part for my bike and when I was digging around I found an impact drill my deceased friend gave me several years ago. I put some oil in it and hooked it to the 1/4 inch hose and nothing, then I managed to get a 3/8 hose to pas gas and the drill worked, spun a lug off the rim.
I'll use when I take my rims off, those lugs are starting to be fun the older I get.

My tractor PTO has failed also so I will use it to get that bolt off the crank.


Thanks for replying Stinger.

I figured you or John would chime in on this, but all my millions were burning a hole in my pocket and the PTO gets here Wednesday and I need to cut my overgrown weeds.
My friend I am always willing to help when i can. So if those millions get to be a problem send them this way. I have a couple of jeeps that need help

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My friend I am always willing to help when i can. So if those millions get to be a problem send them this way. I have a couple of jeeps that need help

LOL, if I had millions you and I would both have healthy Jeeps and I'd be living out West somewhere away from people, but not Walmart, UPS, and Amazon.


Here's the hose I ordered: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001C6NC7O



and the lead in: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074XTXSDP


I went ahead and ordered some Hi-Flo couplers and plugs also. Might as well make the impact gun work right. Maybe I will get around to doing my rotors and rebuilding the calipers now. LOL After all they have been sitting here for months.



I had replaced the lead in last year with the red HF one and it's already leaking.


When I lived in Clearwater, Fl I would get my hoses from the Goodyear Rubber store and I never had an issue with them.



Oh Well, hopefully nothing else will break around here this week. It's been an expensive week.
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General comments about shop air:

When I plumbed my shop for air I used 1/2" copper pipe and a 1/2" water separator at my Ingersol Rand compressor. I removed all of the Kobalt (Lowes) regulator/water separators at the air drops (they rusted up and stopped working), threw them away and replaced with Ingersol Rand 1/2" regulator/separators. Then I removed and threw away any Chinese quick connect air fitting I could find and replaced with Milton. I've hated those Chinese quick connects for years and I finally had enough of them not being compatible with other fittings.

My air line run down grade and I have moisture accumulation legs at each air regulator (one leg goes to the regulator and one leg goes to a ball valve to drain water.).

Now about Horror Freight - when I can get to a store (none within 80 miles of us) I'll look for Goodyear air hose remnants they sometimes have. It's the best air hose quality I've ever used (I think it's 1/2" but could be 3/8".) PVC air hoses are absolute crap, I think I have one left I use for emergencies.

On the end of my air hose reel I have a Flexzilla 'stinger' or whip with a ball joint - makes it easy to use large diameter air hose. For nail guns (and my palm air sander) I use 1/4" polyurethane hose, for air tools I use 3/8" hose.
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Last summer I bought a HF 50ft spool with 3/8 line. It was their top-of-the-line version and had almost 5 star ratings. Through the winter the line stayed flexible and so far I have had 0 problems. IIRC it cost about $75, so if it lasts at all it was a bargain. I have it connected to a IR upright compressor. It has run all my air tools without issue. I seldom use an air impact - I have a couple of cordless impacts that do the job just fine and I don't need to drag the hose out.


Before I bought I looked at several brands including goodyear. Reviews were mixed with quite a few folks having problems with the hose failing within a short time (burst, bubble or other). We have a HF within 10 miles, so it was easy to go this route.
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Last summer I bought a HF 50ft spool with 3/8 line. It was their top-of-the-line version and had almost 5 star ratings. Through the winter the line stayed flexible and so far I have had 0 problems. IIRC it cost about $75, so if it lasts at all it was a bargain. I have it connected to a IR upright compressor. It has run all my air tools without issue. I seldom use an air impact - I have a couple of cordless impacts that do the job just fine and I don't need to drag the hose out.


Before I bought I looked at several brands including goodyear. Reviews were mixed with quite a few folks having problems with the hose failing within a short time (burst, bubble or other). We have a HF within 10 miles, so it was easy to go this route.

Yes, it seems the quality of Goodyear hoses have declined since Continental got them.

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What a shame about the Goodyear hose quality decline, mine are probably 10 or 15 years old.

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What a shame about the Goodyear hose quality decline, mine are probably 10 or 15 years old.

Yep, I know the ones I bought 10 years ago were great! I never had an issue with them.
Of course reading reviews can be mis-leading. What I saw was ballooning at the ends, this could be caused by abuse like trying make a hose go 26 feet when it's 25 feet long. LOL
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