Ditch that old hose
Nothing's worse than being tethered to a cumbersome air hose. It adds dead weight that makes your nailer hard to maneuver and tiring to use. Reinforced polyurethane hose is tougher and more durable than old-fashioned rubber hose. It's also thinner, more flexible, and weighs less than half as much. When it's attached to your nailer, you'll hardly know it's there. The 1/4-in. inside diameter supplies plenty of air for brad nailers, as well as most other pneumatic tools. A 25-ft. length costs about $36 (see Sources).
Carlson Systems, Inc., csystems.com, 800-325-8343, 1/4" ball swivel air plug, 948600, $9; 3/8" ball swivel air plug, 948624, $10.
Coilhose Pneumatics, coilhose.com, 732-390-8480, Flexeel reinforced polyurethane straight hose, PRE14-25, 1/4" i.d., 25' length, $36.
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker January 2004, issue #105.
January 2004, issue #105
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