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Old 03-07-2012, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any recommendations for a 3/8x50 and 3/8x25 air hose?

Ive had some el cheapo Northern Tool/Harbor Fright hose reels for a good number of years with satisfactory results. Ive cut and spliced the original hose quite a few times to the point I'm ready to spend some money on a much neglected, often used staple in my shop. I imagine most any hose will last as well as the NT/HF crap but I'd like to upgrade.

Ive looked at the Flexzilla line and it seems decent. Granted I dont want to spend a grand on a couple air hoses but Im willing to spend a little extra if its warranted.

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Old 03-08-2012, 03:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've used air hose from northern tool for over 12 years where I'm living now. About 150 feet of it, a mix of 1/2" & 3/8", has been exposed to the elements for the whole time (running from the garage in the back to the front of the house). I've never felt the need to buy more expensive hose.
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I use Goodyear hoses, I get about a year out of a hose. Full time mechanic, The hoses gets dragged around 6-7 days a week.
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I've had the Flexzilla for about a year and some change now; very happy with it. I bought it at Tractor Supply and it wasn't much more than other hoses.
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I like my flexzilla hose I have 3/8 by 100' very useable and more durable than you would think
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Im a pretty big fan of Flexeel.
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http://www.harborfreight.com/air-too...hose-6931.html
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Which one is the flexzilla? Is that the clear plastic with reinforced stands in it?
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Flexzilla is the bright green hose, no experience with it.

Flexeel is the clear blue with the visible strands in it. I have been using it for a couple of years, and could not be happier. Very easy to deal with, roll, etc, and has held up well.
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Flexzilla is what I use. Gets abused, thrown, oil soaked, cleaned with brake clean, and driven over every day. Still going strong after 2 years.

Be warned though, in the store is super soft and flexible, it loses most of that when aired up. Still more flexible than other hoses though.
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Which one is the flexzilla? Is that the clear plastic with reinforced stands in it?
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I have replaced every hose I own with flexzilla hose. I have been beating on them with no trouble at all. I love the fact that they will rool up tight so I can stick them into one of my smaller side boxes in the truck. My only complaint is they use aluminum for their connections. So far I've got over a year on my oldest with no problems so we'll see. Other than that I would recommend them to anyone. Tractor Supply has a 3/8 by 50' foot hose for 40 bucks last I looked.
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Looks like I'll be buying some flexzilla hose. Most 50ft hose I've priced runs in the $25-50 range so cost isnt a huge deal.

Todd, I did a search but didnt see anything particularly on brands of hose based off the title.


Thanks guys. Much appreciated.
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I've used pretty much every hose out there so far. Best hose I ever had next to the flexzilla was some no-name I got at a store that was the precursor in my town to harbor-freight. It was red rubber and 100ft long. I used that hose in every bit of weather there was. It never cracked or broke when I had it out in 15 degree weather. It got a little stiff but just kept working. Wish I knew what happened to it but it just disappeared when I went to go get it one day.

Had one flexeel hose but it got swiped off my tool cart the same day I bought it so I have no real knowledge of them. So far most of my whip hoses are flexzilla and all of my airlines for the service truck. All my regular airlines are being hung in the garage in case I need to reach the back of my property for some reason. Once I get them all replaced I'll probably end up giving the old ones away.
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These... great hoses

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Old 03-09-2012, 01:33 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Home Depot 3/8 x 50' $35

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