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Old 03-06-2012, 12:17 PM
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Just put Milton quick connects on all my lines - no more hissing air connections!

I think I read here that Milton makes good quick connect fittings for the money. I went out and replaced a few leaking chinese Lowes connectors (cost around the same as the good Miltons) and wow! What a difference.

I'd always have hissing at the connection of anything that was plugged in.

The Harbor Freight connectors work better than the Lowes ones and are cheaper but not as durable as the Milton in my experience. The Miltons are about as perfect as I could imagine a quick connect air line fitting to be and really not more expensive than the HF's if you consider that the Miltons last a LONG time. I have an old one in my shop that came with a very old compressor the fitting is probably 20+ years old and still works leak free.
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That's great news. I've been thinking it time to upgrade to some good fittings. Where did you get them?
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That's great news. I've been thinking it time to upgrade to some good fittings. Where did you get them?
I used Harry Epstein in KC MO (on the web).

I think it was around $3.85 for the quick connectors (Female) and .80 for the male ends that go on tools or hoses.

I found that the Male end wasn't as important as the quick connectors (moving and sealing parts). I bought new ends of both. Unless you have really worn out male connectors, I'd just buy enough of the quick connect female ends.

The Miltons are Great!
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I forgot to mention what type I used, I used the Brass M type for the quick connect Female. I also tried the tip with the brass ring. Not really needed, I found the 715 to be great! That's what the old one I have that came with my old air compressor is and it doesn't leak at all. Great connectors.
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I love milton T style fittings. I got one on every air tool I have...to bad they're going into harbor freight couplers though.
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Something that destroys a quick connect regardless of quality is attaching the male half directly onto the tool, always use a short "whip" so that the connector is isolated from tool vibration. If the quick coupler is connected directly to the tool it will eventually leak regardless of brand/quality, something like a Milton will last longer than the HF variety but no brand will last long when subjected to tool vibration.Another problem with attaching a coupler to the tool itself is that it then becomes very easy to damage the it, just a slight bump to the lip of the solidly mounted connector will leave a ding that will destroy the rubber seal in the female connector, this is much more of a problem with the common brass type since they damage easily but even the hardened steel ones can become damaged. Attaching these connectors to the whip will all but eliminate this problem as well as isolating the vibration.
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I love milton T style fittings. I got one on every air tool I have...to bad they're going into harbor freight couplers though.
lol! the HF couplers aren't bad. Definitely better than the Lowes couplers (leak and are hard to connect). But the Miltons last much longer than HF's.
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