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Anyone have this brand gets good reviews best in the price range I want to pay from my Lowes store. I have not been happy with the cheap hose I have so when upgrading . I am leaning toward the polyurethane hoses but only come 1/4 . Is it a big deal the 1/4 verses 3/8 diameter.
Reason is from what I have read the polyurethane hoses don't kink and are flexible and very durable.
The pancake compressor are they as durable as full size or am better off with a full size on wheels.
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I think the import part for the hoses is that they are rated for at least the max PSI for your compressor. Most are.

As for the pancake compressor, it really depends on what you are using it for. All I have is a pancake compressor. It is great for nail guns, as blower, and for the occassional tire or pool/kids toy inflation. The key is not letting the motor run too long as it gets hot and can over heat. I have used mine for HVLP for spraying shellac, and I would not recommend it as you are risking burning out the motor.

If all you are mainly going to be doing is running a brad and finish nailer, the pancake will be fine. If you want to be doing more than that, you are going to need bigger, in some cases MUCH bigger. Also the type of motor and compressor matters as well. Most pancake compressors are single stage, meaning they only fill the tank on the push stroke. Bigger compressors are available in two stage where the tank is filled on both push and pull stroke. Also the oiled compressors are preferable over the oilless ones as they tend to last much longer.

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I agree with Mike. A pancake compressor works fine for the nail guns in your stop and blowing the kids toys but I don't think it will work on sanders and other tools using compressed air. I have no experience with any hose other than the one that came with the compressor.

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Flexzilla. hoses are the pretty good. On the compressor, look at the air tools you use, the one that uses the most cfm, then match the compressor to that,you want the compressor to put out more cfm than the air tool, this will keep the compressor running to much.

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Unless you're only using low volume tools (e.g. pin nailer) 1/4" hose is too restrictive of air flow.

A few years ago I got a 3/8" urethane hose at Harbor Freight- it seems to be of reasonably good quality at a good price. My experience with that hose has been that it isn't terribly flexible- it really has a coil "memory", even after trying tricks I've used for garden hose, such as laying stretched out on the lawn on a hot sunny day. OTOH, it is strong, and doesn't kink easily. I find that rubber hoses are much more flexible, in that they uncoil easily.

The real advantages of urethane for me are that it's pretty slippery, so doesn't get snagged as easily when pulled around objects and corners. Also, it's very light, so invaluable for spray painting on a ladder, when you're lifting a long section of hose from ground level.

Just my .02 as an occasional compressor user.
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I have found the oil-less, diaphragm type compressors are much more noisy than the oil type. Gets very annoying with time and in some cases is unbearable. Be sure to hear one run before you purchase. My neighbor has one that we can hear very clearly in our house with both his and my garage doors closed!
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The oil less compressors run for about 500 hours before needing rebuild, and they can over heat if run too long, which are two reasons they're suited for limited use and shorter run times. Oiled compressors require a little attention, but last a long time. They are usually much more expensive, but a must for prolonged use or if you are using multiple devices. Oiled compressors are usually larger as well, which is obvious. I use the 1/4 inch for nailers. Have the pancake type and it is pretty noisy.
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The senco hotdog style is great for wood working guns. The poly hose is also great. Though it is not large enough for air powered tools.
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I purchased a 100ft 1/4" PVC hose from Harbor Freight to run a roofing nail gun and it worked great. I gave my small compressor to my son when he moved after I got a Coleman 27gal. so I use this hose a lot more now that I don't have the portable one. The only downside I ran into was the outer jacket wanting to melt on the hot roof so I had to try and keep it off the hottest parts of the roof while working. I just used it to drive a texture gun for a home renovation project and it supplied plenty of air and that tool uses a high volume of air but only at 40PSI.

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I have a husky 8 gal oil compressor around $100, hf hose that works good for my basement shop needs.

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