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Air quick couplers.

I've bought quick couplers from HF, Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply and they are all made in China. They all leak air. Some did from the get-go and others after a short time. I am really tired of this.

What is a good American made brand of these and where is the best place to buy them?

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Try a real auto parts store. Milton brand fittings
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Get the Milton "V" style couplers. They are the high flow style and I believe they will work with the common "M" style ends.

I like them because of their "push in" style where you don't have to pull the collar back to insert them. Expensive but I've found them to last a long time compared to the cheap ones that leak even when they are brand new.
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You may have to go to the Milton site to find the local stocking dealer for the Milton couplers.

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Thanks guys.

I'm checking out the Milton now at Northern Tool.

It looks like the type M are the most popular but they do have the high-flow type V too. Not sure if I need the high flow or not. The V are more expensive. The reviews on them are that they do flow a lot better but a couple of reviewers said they had leaking problems with them.
The reviews on the type M are all good.
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I guess they must wear out after awhile, I had Milton hi-flow couplings and they were all leaking so bad I had to uncouple or valve out my air lines. Finally replaced them all (~$250 worth) with "Legacy" brand fittings. Working good so far, time will tell...

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I guess they must wear out after awhile, I had Milton hi-flow couplings and they were all leaking so bad I had to uncouple or valve out my air lines. Finally replaced them all (~$250 worth) with "Legacy" brand fittings. Working good so far, time will tell...Russ
That's the same as the reviews said. I guess I won't invest in the Milton type V.

Now I'll have to do some more research on the Legacy versions versus the other types of Milton.

Which version of Legacy did you change to and was there a reason for the version you chose?
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That's the same as the reviews said. I guess I won't invest in the Milton type V.

Now I'll have to do some more research on the Legacy versions versus the other types of Milton.

Which version of Legacy did you change to and was there a reason for the version you chose?
No particular reason, other than they were available on Amazon in the correct size. I did have to settle for female threaded 'male coupling' ends though, couldn't find the male ends with male NPT threads. It just meant having to buy a dozen and a half 1/4"NPT close nipples. These are hard anodized aluminum with steel guts, so their durability will bear watching. The Miltons had got to where I not only needed to bleed off the air, but also use pliers to get them apart...

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No particular reason, other than they were available on Amazon in the correct size. I did have to settle for female threaded 'male coupling' ends though, couldn't find the male ends with male NPT threads. It just meant having to buy a dozen and a half 1/4"NPT close nipples. These are hard anodized aluminum with steel guts, so their durability will bear watching. The Miltons had got to where I not only needed to bleed off the air, but also use pliers to get them apart...
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Thanks.
What I meant to ask is which type of Legacy you chose? Looks like the have several.
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What I meant to ask is which type of Legacy you chose? Looks like the have several.
The black ones were hi-flow.

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The black ones were hi-flow.
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Ah OK. Those are the Type G Automotive and are the bigger 3/8" size.
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Hey Russ,

Curious if you use hose whips on your impact wrenches? I just read that if you don't, it significantly reduces the life of the couplers. That was something I didn't know. Could be why I've had a lot of troubles. But, I am ready to take the plunge in a better brand anyway. Still looking at both Legacy and Milton.
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NAPA sells their "own" line which is really re-labeled Bridgeport/Camel.
Quality is on-par with Milton.

The BEST fittings I have ever sold come from a company called AirMax which is in Quebec.

We can still order that product through NAPA Canada, but it's not a well-known product, and it's tough to sell an unfamiliar brand.

I have an Excel File (attached in ZIP format) that crosses Milton to NAPA and many other brands.

It's interesting to point out that the single-letter (i.e. "A","B","D","M","T") identifier found on many packages is NOT a universal identifier ... so pay very little attention to that, and use "Lincoln, ARO, Tru-flate/Parker, Industrial" as your basis for comparison.
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NAPA sells their "own" line which is really re-labeled Bridgeport/Camel.
Quality is on-par with Milton.

The BEST fittings I have ever sold come from a company called AirMax which is in Quebec.

We can still order that product through NAPA Canada, but it's not a well-known product, and it's tough to sell an unfamiliar brand.

I have an Excel File (attached in ZIP format) that crosses Milton to NAPA and many other brands.

It's interesting to point out that the single-letter (i.e. "A","B","D","M","T") identifier found on many packages is NOT a universal identifier ... so pay very little attention to that, and use "Lincoln, ARO, Tru-flate/Parker, Industrial" as your basis for comparison.
That was the outfit I was trying to find before ending up with the Legacy stuff. I knew I'd seen it on here and thought I'd BM'ed it, but could never find it.

Thanks!

Russ
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