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Old 05-19-2005, 10:46 AM
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hydraulic line for air hose?

What would be wrong with using a hydraulic hose as a flexible connection from compressor to tank? I can get a 3/4" hydraulic hose with 3/4" male NPT fittings at each end which would connect to existing fittings on my compressor and tank, but am I overlooking some reason why such a hose should not be used with air?

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Old 05-19-2005, 11:11 AM
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Nope, no reason....just that it costs more. If you already have it, fine..........................moving to garage forum.
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Old 05-19-2005, 11:19 AM
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Thanks, Poncho62. Sorry about putting it in the lounge; wasn't sure if it really fit here in "Garage".
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That's what i used. Been there for close to 30 years in several different shops. I also have a couple 50' -6s and a -8 i use for airlines around the shop. Stiffer then a wedding d*** but they have survived being run over by steel wheels, heavy trucks and my wifes mother. Put a short rubber line on the end for flexibility
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That's what I wanted to hear. Spending $15 - $25 on a connection is pretty cheap if the thing might outlast me. I'm tired of chasing around after hose barbs and 3/4" hose and getting shown extra thick 3/8" hose. Thanks for the info, 61bone!
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Just to be sure you understand, the crimp hyd hose will last forever on your tank to system connection. Put a 2 ft pipe for a heat sink before you hook up the hose. The hoses I have on the shop floor are Aeroquip medium pressure single steel braid. You will find this very expensive to buy new. I got mine at an auction sale when a local dirt mover sold out and it was still pricey but not that much more than premium air hose. Keep an eye on the sales. You'll be amazed at what comes up.
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