How to Choose the Right Air Compressor Hose
October 21, 2020
There isn’t a one size fits all solution when it comes to choosing the right air compressor hose.
With no universal answer, it is essential you pick the right one for your air compressor and the tools you will be using.
The main factors you need to consider are:
- Maximum Working Pressure
Here are the things you need to think about when looking for an air compressor hose that fits your needs.
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Length of the Air Compressor Hose
In general, hoses are available in lengths between 50-100 feet. In order to select the right length for you, you need to think about the distance between the air compressor and your work area. It needs to be manoeuvrable enough without losing any pressure.
Longer hoses are better for tools that need to be used in a bigger space, such as painting a vehicle, and shorter hoses are better for tools that need to be used in a smaller space, such as a personal workspace.
Inside Diameter of the Hose
Largely speaking, hoses are available with inside diameters of 1/4- and 3/8-inch. In order to select the right diameter for you, you need to think about how much air is needed to power your tool and the length of the hose needs to be considered as well.
The larger the inside diameter, the greater the air flow and vice versa. The smaller diameter is a lot lighter than the larger, making it easy to move from location to location. However, the larger diameter will help limit frictional loss.
Maximum Working Pressure
Another important thing to remember when choosing the right air compressor hose is that the maximum working pressure of your air compressor is compatible with the hose. A general rule of thumb is that the maximum working pressure of the hose must be greater than that of the tool.
The tool must never receive an air pressure greater than the maximum working pressure of the air compressor itself. Always make sure you check the manufacturer’s information before choosing the hose.
Air Compressor Hose Material
You need to make sure that you choose a hose that is made from a material suitable for your working environment. Think about the substances it may come into contact with and whether you will be using inside or outside.
Air compressor hoses are commonly made from polyurethane, PVC or a hybrid of both. Polyurethane is a great choice for colder environments and is the most flexible option. PVC is considered as an “all-round” option, weighing less and working well in all temperatures. The hybrid is better for warmer environments and is the most economical option.
When Should You Replace Your Air Compressor Hose?
- If you are using different equipment so need another hose that is compatible
- If there is significant wear and tear or damages such as: damaged fittings, punctures, scuffs, air leak or an irreparable kink
- Once their service life is completed which is usually between 5-10 years
Expert Air Compressor Advice from Air Power East
We have also written a blog article about the Best Air Compressor for Air Tools if you need help deciding this too.
If you need further advice or guidance about which air compressor hose to choose for your compressed air needs, contact us today.