What Size Air Hose Do I Need for My Compressor?

How to decide which industrial system to purchase out of a wide diversity of choices and possibilities? There are neoprene hoses, polyurethane hoses, recoil hoses, standard ones… The list is long. This guide will help you weigh your different options and understand which air hose is best for your compressor.

When To Replace Your Hose:
Whether it is due to damage in your hose, of if you’re looking to replace your air compressor, upgrading your hose is a great idea. By replacing your hose, you may have better results and find a new range of possible functions.

Often, damage to hoses is usually due to an impaired connecter, something like a hole causing air to leak in the tube, a break beyond repair, or severe weather wearing it out.

In any case you will eventually have to replace your hose, as they usually last five to ten years. But if your hose has stopped properly working before that, it is likely due to varying frequency of usage and from irregular check ups.

Choosing Your Hose:
To keep things simple, we have come up with four questions you should ask yourself in order to choose the right hose:

What length of a hose are you in need of?
What is the inner diameter you need?
What kind of material would you like your hose to made of?
Are you looking or a recoil or a standard hose?

In this guide, we’ll help you answer these questions so you can be sure and satisfied with your purchase.

What Length Do You Need:
It is important to keep in mind that the longer the air hose, the more air and pressure you will lose. This means that while it may seem most practical to get the longest possible one, it will not only be heavy and a hassle to use, but it most likely won’t last you as long as with shorter lengths. The length can determine the durability of your equipment.

Finding the length depends on exactly what you will be using your air hose for. If you need to move it a lot like for spray painting a truck, it will demand more length to easily move around, than if you’re planning on using it for small, minute projects.

It is all about finding the right balance between movability and least amount of pressure lost when looking at possible lengths.

You also have the possibility of purchasing air hoses, like SGS standard hoses which have connecters on them, which can connected to other hoses to lengthen the field of reach. You will still lose air pressure for each extra hose connected.

Internal Diameter:
The standard, most common internal diameter size is 1/4th in. and 3/8th inch. The 1/4th inch is easy to manipulate, store, and is less heavy than the 3/8th inch option, which makes it the most common one purchased. It is also less expensive than the 3/8th inch option.

However, a larger diameter such as the 3/8th inch one can help reduce loss of friction as with shorter air hoses.

Other Options:
There are lots of different options available when looking at air hoses, which are not listed here. There are still rubber hoses on the market, but their heaviness makes them less popular. In industrial usage, nylon recoil hoses are most standard. They self-coil which makes them easy to manipulate and put away but it makes them more susceptible to cold weather damage.

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