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#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted February 08, 2017 - 06:55 PM

I've been using these retractable air hoses a lot before I retired because there convienant, they don't take up much space & I don't have to worry about air hoses laying all over the house. I recently started using them in my shop but agravating trying to stretch them everywhere because of now using a stationary compressor.

 

I seen this handy device on YouTube using a 3" pvc pipe left open on both ends. I used some old rubber hoses & made a short section that would get me from my wall coupling to the bottom of the pvc. I connected one end of the RAH to this short section of rubber hose & left the other end with the female coupling hang over the top of the pvc. I have two of these made up & placed on opposite sides of my shop where I work mostly.

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Stretched out about 18' on a cold day & when walked back it conveniently finds it's way back inside the pvc pipe.

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Posted February 08, 2017 - 06:58 PM

nice I like it


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Posted February 08, 2017 - 07:59 PM

I've been using these retractable air hoses a lot before I retired because there convienant, they don't take up much space & I don't have to worry about air hoses laying all over the house. I recently started using them in my shop but agravating trying to stretch them everywhere because of now using a stationary compressor.

 

I seen this handy device on YouTube using a 3" pvc pipe left open on both ends. I used some old rubber hoses & made a short section that would get me from my wall coupling to the bottom of the pvc. I connected one end of the RAH to this short section of rubber hose & left the other end with the female coupling hang over the top of the pvc. I have two of these made up & placed on opposite sides of my shop where I work mostly.

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Stretched out about 18' on a cold day & when walked back it conveniently finds it's way back inside the pvc pipe.

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Thanks for that idea Jim, i am going to use it! Looks like I will have to get a 5" chunk of PVC.

 

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Posted February 08, 2017 - 09:04 PM

I never had much luck or cared for the retractable type.  Either had to walk to the corner of the shop to get it or if it was hung up on something to keep it handy it was always in the way or tripping over it.  Use the rubber air hose on a reel.


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 10:05 AM

I never had much luck or cared for the retractable type. Either had to walk to the corner of the shop to get it or if it was hung up on something to keep it handy it was always in the way or tripping over it. Use the rubber air hose on a reel.


No way would I use one from the other side of my shop. Mine are in designated areas like near my build table 4' away for air guns. The other one on the other side of my shop is about 5' from where I use most air tools for tractors. In the front of my shop I have the typical rubber hose set up for outside needs.
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Posted February 09, 2017 - 02:21 PM

I was in the upolstery business for 37 years, I used some curly hoses, as I call them, mounted overhead so the retracted out of the way, for most other stuff I prefer the rubber and reel.


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Posted February 10, 2017 - 03:38 PM

Good idea for storage. I am wary of the cheap yellow curly hoses as the fittings break off easily and not cool having air hose smacking you in the eye with 120psi. The fact the hose is less than $10 including fittings is a heads up.


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Posted February 10, 2017 - 03:44 PM

I had yellow curly hoses, but they were not the cheapie, some were over twenty years old and never had a failure using them every day. You won't get more than you pay for, you might get less.
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Posted February 10, 2017 - 07:17 PM

I bought two of these orange ones a few years ago but don't remember where I got them. I had a yellow & a red one from HF...didn't last a year.
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Posted February 10, 2017 - 08:09 PM

I'm not surprised, most of the modern cheaper Chinese units are pure garbage.
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Posted February 10, 2017 - 08:49 PM

I've been using the yellow one in my pic for 7 or 8 years now and it's still in one piece and holds air without a leak. I will probably melt it welding or grinding someday since it is at my welding table but so far so good. Got it at an HF store in Denver long before Rapid City had one.

 

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Posted February 11, 2017 - 09:48 AM

I got one of the spring loaded reels. I have looked at the springy hoses, but I can see them getting into troubles in my messy garage. I suppose if you've a clean place, they work nice. Good idea BTW


My uncle broke a snap on impact ratchet with one of those springy hoses. He laid it down and it had quite a head of steam when it hit the engine block.
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