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Old 06-05-2011, 11:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a 33 gallon, 150 psi max, 1.6 hp, 5.1 SCFM@90psi and 6.3 SCFM@40psi... I was wanting to buy a 50ft hose to avoid using an extension cord. Should I buy a 1/4 or 3/8 hose? I'll be using the compressor for mechanic work. I'll be running a impact wrench and air ratchet most of the compressors life (at home mechanic), with the occasional home projects (nail gun, hopper, etc.)

I'm geared more towards the 1/4, because I would think the pressure would drop a bit by the time it got to the tool, after running through 50ft of 3/8 hose. It's just my theory.
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Old 06-05-2011, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1/4 will be fine, thats all i have ever run with both my compressors

get a retractable hose reel if you can, thats the best part i have ever got for my air system
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you're going to get a 50 ft. hose, you might want to consider the 3/8" size, because with the larger diameter hose, you will have less pressure drop, not more than in a 1/4" line
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you know, IDK what i was thinking, 1/4 hose is the size of DOT line i use to run on extras with on board air


all my shop is 3/8 sorry for the bad advice
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1/4 is ok
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