View Full Version : What air couplers do you use?


bb1970
04-03-2009, 06:21 PM
I'm so tired of using cheap Harbor Freight couplers. They are a bitch to connect and they leak. I found 14 Milton couplers at a local unclaimed freight store for $2 each. I bought them all. I'll be swapping all my fittings later tonght. Is Milton stuff still made in the U.S.? I doesn't state on the coupler or the package. ??

joa65
04-03-2009, 06:27 PM
Milton has worked well for me.

sberry
04-03-2009, 06:28 PM
I use big ones, type H but have some heavy tools and they run everything with one size plus they are extremly durable. They come in all the inlet sizes, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2. For automotive and small garage the smaller type plugs and connects are fine though.

nate379
04-03-2009, 06:30 PM
I have type I on my stuff. Seems to be the most common.

mrb
04-03-2009, 07:33 PM
let me know how the milton ones work for you. I have been considering becoming a milton distributor.

tdkkart
04-03-2009, 07:51 PM
let me know how the milton ones work for you. I have been considering becoming a milton distributor.


I've been using Milton stuff for 20+ years and have had no problems, dead reliable stuff. I have not however bought any recently so quality may have changed??

mulepackin
04-03-2009, 08:02 PM
Milton T style for over 25 years. No problems. Reasonable price.

Charles (in GA)
04-03-2009, 08:53 PM
Prevost (http://www.prevostusa.com/index.php) has some easy to disconnect couplers. The couplers use only one type of nipple (They make couplers for various types of nipples, just that each coupler only accepts one type, they don't make multi-coulers). I am using Amflo multi-couplers that accept either industrial interchange, Lincoln/Aro type, or "automotive" nipples. I have a mixed bag of nipples on my air tools, started using Lincoln, but they use the industrial interchange type at work.

Charles

z28toz06
04-03-2009, 08:55 PM
I have one made by schraeder that is great. I wish I could find more.

35mastr
04-03-2009, 08:57 PM
Another vote for Milton.20 years here also.

-B-
04-03-2009, 09:51 PM
Type M quality fittings look at the quick releases you should have a minimum of 4 balls to engage with.

FYI M style is the same style we use for paintball up to 4500 psi.

StingRay
04-03-2009, 09:53 PM
Lincoln/Milton type L with some Milton 3/8 type P for the connections going into the hose reels and some specialty Dynabrade 1/4 NPT high flow specifically for the paint guns

RRmech
04-03-2009, 09:59 PM
I also used Milton at work for many years.

Steve

Mr_fixit
04-03-2009, 10:05 PM
Milton 777, 778 & 775.

IDASHO
04-03-2009, 10:17 PM
All lincoln type. :thumbup:

JCQuick
04-03-2009, 10:45 PM
Milton all the way they have been around for a long time

therealjakeg
04-03-2009, 11:39 PM
I use this one that my buddy got me from the dealer ship that he works at. Its just a easy push in and a red button pops your tool out. It works so good I tell everyone about them they are great not even sure where you can get them but there free from him

<a href="http://s281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/?action=view&current=ac1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/ac1.jpg" border="0" alt="air coupler"></a>

<a href="http://s281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/?action=view&current=ac2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/ac2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

SteveU
04-04-2009, 12:20 AM
Milton type V. Here is how they compare to the type M.

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk54/SteveU_/FamilyPhotos0506629.jpg
http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/kk54/SteveU_/FamilyPhotos0506635.jpg

therealjakeg
04-04-2009, 12:23 AM
dang those are some good flow I bet. Nice

porschedude996TT
04-04-2009, 01:09 AM
I found these at MCMASTER.COM, made by Foster Manufacturing, they are a little more expensive, but they are better when you disconnect. I bought 15 of them for my current shop build.

Safety Vent Industrial-Shape Hose Sockets by Foster Manufacturing.

http://www.couplers.com/images/catalog/page4.pdf

russlaferrera
04-04-2009, 05:28 AM
I used Milton "M series" They leaked. Switched to Milton "T series" they leaked. Switched to Milton "A series" they are leaking. Milton doesn't work for me. At $60 a change over I am getting PO.

wantedabiggergarage
04-04-2009, 10:12 AM
I'm so tired of using cheap Harbor Freight couplers. They are a bitch to connect and they leak. I found 14 Milton couplers at a local unclaimed freight store for $2 each. I bought them all. I'll be swapping all my fittings later tonght. Is Milton stuff still made in the U.S.? I doesn't state on the coupler or the package. ??

CargoLargo, huh?

The only good one I have had from HF, they discontinued. I used Tomco, that I bought from thetoolwarehouse.net, and they no longer carry. One had gone bad, from using in the gravel, and I needed a quick replacement. HF, carried the Prevost style, for a bit, then stopped locally. I ordered one of the safety style that powertoolbox.net, carries, and I can't remember where I put it.

Now, Milton's are the only ones at the shop. If I never joined air hoses, I would use those, but better a longer air hose, then an extension cord on a compressor.

pacmktg
04-04-2009, 10:52 AM
I will start by saying I am biased. I use and sell Coilhose products. They are made in NJ and have a great universal coupling that accepts all 3 nipples. Automotive, Industrial, and ARO. These are by far the most common 3 types. The Lincoln style is way down on the list but a good coupler. Do a search

Bob

deeno
04-04-2009, 12:45 PM
I use the Schrader 1/2" SHD fittings because they're bullet proof and because we use them at the factory where I work so borrowing tools doesn't involve changing the fittings.

They aren't cheap but they will last a lifetime under normal use.

More info here: http://www.couplers.com/images/catalog/page10.pdf

And here's a couple of pictures...

http://www.hdstl.com/images/shd2_small.jpg
http://www.hdstl.com/images/shd1_small.jpg

Dean

Vinko
04-04-2009, 04:44 PM
I need to re-do my whole set up -- using a combo of Milton and cheapie Home Depot Couplers.

I've been wanted some Prevost for a while....

nate379
04-04-2009, 05:09 PM
Just something to think about... if you use weird oddball connectors, it's a pain to swap out the fitting if you bring your tools to a buddies, lend something out on the trail (I 4x4), etc.

bb1970
04-04-2009, 05:53 PM
I installed the new Milton fittings last night. They are far superior to the cheap HF fittings. Lesson learned. Don't expect too much out of HF stuff. The Miltons are type M. Easy to use, don't leak (yet). Now I've got 10 junk ass fittings I guess I'll sell at a garage sale. Now I need to replace the cheap P.O.S. drain fitting on my compressor.

spazzer
04-04-2009, 06:39 PM
Milton T style for the last 9 years.

Charles (in GA)
04-04-2009, 08:09 PM
I use this one that my buddy got me from the dealer ship that he works at. Its just a easy push in and a red button pops your tool out. It works so good I tell everyone about them they are great not even sure where you can get them but there free from him

<a href="http://s281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/?action=view&current=ac1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/ac1.jpg" border="0" alt="air coupler"></a>

This is a Prevost coupling.

http://www.prevostusa.com/index.php

Charles

nissan_crawler
04-05-2009, 05:25 AM
Milton Type V

mikeweb
04-05-2009, 11:31 AM
Good article (halfway down the page) on air fittings/couplers

http://www.homemetalshopclub.org/news/aug03/aug03.html

I ended up picking these up from NAPA

US Item numbers start with NTH, Canada starts with ULT

Item#: NTH90686
Attributes:
Type:G
Style:3/8" True-Flate Automotive 6-ball
Inlet Size:1/4" Inlet Size
Inlet Type:Female Inlet
Quick Connect:No

http://partimages2.genpt.com/partimages/293491.jpg


Item#: NTH90685
Attributes:
Type:G
Style:3/8" True-Flate Automotive
Inlet Size:1/4"
Inlet Type:Male Inlet

http://partimages2.genpt.com/partimages/293490.jpg


Item#: NTH90687
Attributes:
Type:G
Style:3/8" True-Flate Automotive
Inlet Size:1/4"
Inlet Type:Female Inlet

http://partimages2.genpt.com/partimages/293492.jpg


I measured my fittings using a digital caliper (inside jaws)

1/4"
Type M: Milton 727 = 0.197
Type I/M: Campbell Hausfeld = 0.191
Type M: No Name = 0.188

3/8"
Type G: Amflo CP7 (True-flate) = 0.295

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f386/jcquack/MISC/fittings.jpg

SteveU
04-05-2009, 11:33 AM
dang those are some good flow I bet. Nice

Makes a noticeable difference in how much power air tools have, more so than turning up the pressure with smaller fittings.

Mr_fixit
04-05-2009, 09:51 PM
I used Milton "M series" They leaked. Switched to Milton "T series" they leaked. Switched to Milton "A series" they are leaking. Milton doesn't work for me. At $60 a change over I am getting PO.

They all leak, eventually, when they do, throw that one out and install another.

nissan_crawler
04-05-2009, 10:05 PM
1/4" Milton type V is .271 inside.

Skyline
04-05-2009, 10:15 PM
Last week, I just replaced all my type M with the type V, and the difference was quite noticable. My Snap-on 3/8 impact gun, which I used to think just sucked, (since all my other air tools seem to function fine,) all of the sudden, works like a champ.

The one drawback seems to be that stuff like die grinders go so fast now, that the noise is almost painful.

One other step that I took at the same time when changing over to these fittings was to eliminate all the 1/4 fittings in my air system and make everything 3/8, except the fittings to the tools themselves.

phildb4
04-07-2009, 10:22 PM
Any good ideas for storing air tools. Any good brackets for hanging air tools with the fittings facing up?

-B-
04-07-2009, 11:17 PM
Any good ideas for storing air tools. Any good brackets for hanging air tools with the fittings facing up?


Get a piece of Aluminum 2x2 angle iron mill slots as needed.

ColoradoBob
04-07-2009, 11:26 PM
I've used Milton Type M connectors for about 20 years. No issues with them.

nissan_crawler
04-08-2009, 03:26 AM
Last week, I just replaced all my type M with the type V, and the difference was quite noticable. My Snap-on 3/8 impact gun, which I used to think just sucked, (since all my other air tools seem to function fine,) all of the sudden, works like a champ.

Yep. My aircat went from working well, to having to be careful with it. It'll put lugnuts over torque on the first of 3 settings without even rattling.

ahaidet
04-08-2009, 09:54 AM
Last week, I just replaced all my type M with the type V, and the difference was quite noticable. My Snap-on 3/8 impact gun, which I used to think just sucked, (since all my other air tools seem to function fine,) all of the sudden, works like a champ.

The one drawback seems to be that stuff like die grinders go so fast now, that the noise is almost painful.

One other step that I took at the same time when changing over to these fittings was to eliminate all the 1/4 fittings in my air system and make everything 3/8, except the fittings to the tools themselves.

One thing you could do is put one of these on your grinders now.

http://www.averytools.com/images/product/medium/634.jpg

Its a little regulator that goes on the bottom of your air tools.

When I worked in the machine shop we used to have these on the grinders there. Makes it easier to control them when doing delicate work.

A quick google search found several vendors anywhere from less than $5 up to $25 depending on style/size/brand.

ahaidet
04-08-2009, 09:57 AM
Good article (halfway down the page) on air fittings/couplers

http://www.homemetalshopclub.org/news/aug03/aug03.html

I ended up picking these up from NAPA

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f386/jcquack/MISC/fittings.jpg

How much where those from Napa?

Piper
04-08-2009, 10:28 AM
not to take this thread in another direction but what size hose are you guys using? I currently have 1/2" that comes off of my 3/4 rigid black pipe. I have a long run from my compressor (75' of hose) and found that the 3/8" stuff didn't give me enough cfm for my impact gun.

Does the Milton type V (s764) attach to a 1/2" or 3/8" line? I know it says 1/4" NPT but I find pipe tap sizes confusing (well maybe not confusing I just always seem to forget actual size vs pipe tap size...:headscrat)

thoughts?

wachuko
04-08-2009, 11:20 AM
This is a great thread. I am tired of fighting with mine... time to upgrade.

SteveU
04-08-2009, 02:14 PM
not to take this thread in another direction but what size hose are you guys using? I currently have 1/2" that comes off of my 3/4 rigid black pipe. I have a long run from my compressor (75' of hose) and found that the 3/8" stuff didn't give me enough cfm for my impact gun.

Does the Milton type V (s764) attach to a 1/2" or 3/8" line? I know it says 1/4" NPT but I find pipe tap sizes confusing (well maybe not confusing I just always seem to forget actual size vs pipe tap size...:headscrat)

thoughts?

Milton type V couplers work on 3/8" hose & the male ends screw directly into air tools no adapters needed. Once you go to the type V you will find you will be able to use 3/8" hose instead of 1/2". Make sure you don't have any smaller fittings upstream that will slow airflow.

cyclopsblown34
04-08-2009, 04:04 PM
I went to the Hansen High Flow series. They're the same size as a typical #4 body coupling but flow like a#6. They definitely helped with my sanders and paint atomization. The extra volume makes a huge difference. I used to use the Milton short couplings but the fittings might have been causing a restriction.
Some of the hansen numbers are Coupler body 2-R16, plug 2-L16 w/female pipe thd, 2-L15 plug w/male pipe thread.

NSXSOON
04-08-2009, 06:40 PM
I had been using Milton Type M correctors for 30 years and just changed everything over to Milton Type V (you guys made me do it!! from reading a previous thread, Thanks Merk!!)
I am truly impressed with the flow improvement. Well worth the money spent.

therealjakeg
04-09-2009, 12:42 AM
Thanks buddy

jdkenyon
04-13-2009, 02:35 PM
Where is everyone getting the best price for the Milton type V fittings? I am just about ready to outfit my new air system and these look the best to me.

NSXSOON
04-13-2009, 04:24 PM
Where is everyone getting the best price for the Milton type V fittings? I am just about ready to outfit my new air system and these look the best to me.

The best pricing I could find was from Northern Tool coupled with a 10% or 15% off promotion code and stacked with a free shipping promotion code. When I did an Internet search there was one supplier that had slightly lower unit prices but much higher shipping so Northern still was the lowest overall cost. I bought all the V fittings and couplers a little over two months ago. Do a search for current Northern promotions or wait a bit for one to turn up that works, they are always running something.

billspit
04-13-2009, 05:01 PM
Miltons for 30+ years.

SteveU
04-14-2009, 12:19 AM
Where is everyone getting the best price for the Milton type V fittings? I am just about ready to outfit my new air system and these look the best to me.

I bought mine at one of the local auto parts stores that specializes in paints, probably 1/3 of the store is paint, thinner, reducer, etc. Had them order me in extra so when I buy a new air tool I'm ready to go.:beer:

bluesman2a
04-26-2009, 11:27 PM
Bringing this thread back up... I just installed a couple of Milton 766 V types. I have Industrial fittings on all my tools (I think). When the tool is on with no movment there's no leaking and I have good engagment. When I put any side pressure on the tool, the coupler starts leaking.

Did I mis-read the connector types? I'm looking for a universal/industrial fitting, what Milton type should I be getting?

Torque Wrench
06-18-2009, 04:59 PM
Prevost has come up with a new high flow safety coupler that is "slick"! It is a safety type that after you hit the release button, it purges the air without hose whip and then releases, only after the air is purged. All one (one press) action.

Yea, little more expensive than you standard Milton steel sleeve coupler but it will outlast the standard 6 to 1. For a 1/4" thread female the part number is ESI071201. You can get then from Snap -On and Matco Tools also Sherwin Williams Automotive carries them. :)

FunfDreisig
06-18-2009, 07:00 PM
Prevost has come up with a new high flow safety coupler that is "slick"! It is a safety type that after you hit the release button, it purges the air without hose whip and then releases, only after the air is purged. All one (one press) action.....So this new high flow female coupling device quickly releases the male coupling device after it is fully purged to avoid hose whip. Hasn't it always worked this way :wtf::bounce::bounce::bounce::thumbup:

wantedabiggergarage
06-18-2009, 07:19 PM
Prevost has come up with a new high flow safety coupler that is "slick"! It is a safety type that after you hit the release button, it purges the air without hose whip and then releases, only after the air is purged. All one (one press) action.

Yea, little more expensive than you standard Milton steel sleeve coupler but it will outlast the standard 6 to 1. For a 1/4" thread female the part number is ESI071201. You can get then from Snap -On and Matco Tools also Sherwin Williams Automotive carries them. :)

Um, where is it made?

Milton has this same coupler (I have some), and HF carries this same style. I no longer have the old HF package, but the new HF ones say "China" while the Milton's are Taiwan.

nissan_crawler
06-19-2009, 01:41 AM
Prevost has come up with a new high flow safety coupler that is "slick"! It is a safety type that after you hit the release button, it purges the air without hose whip and then releases, only after the air is purged. All one (one press) action.

Yea, little more expensive than you standard Milton steel sleeve coupler but it will outlast the standard 6 to 1. For a 1/4" thread female the part number is ESI071201. You can get then from Snap -On and Matco Tools also Sherwin Williams Automotive carries them. :)

They work great...as long as you work in a sterile environment. If your garage floor gets dirty, your vehicles drop dirt on them, or you use them outside, they suck.

Vinko
06-19-2009, 02:35 AM
^^^do all the Prevost have this limitation? I've been meaning to switch over to them.

Also looking at some Wurth stuff to crimp to hose to make nearly exact lengths, when necesssary.

nissan_crawler
06-19-2009, 03:42 AM
I know the side push buttons do.

stroked93
06-19-2009, 11:19 AM
schrader available at Napa

Packard V8
06-22-2009, 11:23 PM
FWIW, the Milton Type M are by far the most common. I've never had any problem with the genuine Milton. If I have a problem, it is always with the HF imitations. Agreed if there is a long run of hose, the Type M is too small for maintaining best operation.

thnx, jack vines.

Uncle Buck
06-22-2009, 11:39 PM
I use the Schrader 1/2" SHD fittings because they're bullet proof and because we use them at the factory where I work so borrowing tools doesn't involve changing the fittings.

They aren't cheap but they will last a lifetime under normal use.

More info here: http://www.couplers.com/images/catalog/page10.pdf

And here's a couple of pictures...

http://www.hdstl.com/images/shd2_small.jpg
http://www.hdstl.com/images/shd1_small.jpg

Dean

My pop set all his stuff up in Schrader's that he got somewhere years ago, likely only available commercially, or industrial. I love his Schrader's but due to the cost and availability I began using Milton fittings years ago just as a matter of convenience, they are not nearly as nice as the Schraders, but they get no complaint from me.

IH82BL8
06-24-2009, 07:28 AM
I've been using the one's that HD sells, but a few months ago I had the chance to try some in a commercial shop that had a release button on the side. Does anyone know who sells those?

Thanks.

wantedabiggergarage
06-24-2009, 11:15 AM
I've been using the one's that HD sells, but a few months ago I had the chance to try some in a commercial shop that had a release button on the side. Does anyone know who sells those?

Thanks.

HF, Milton, Prevost. Tomco, had a different style of the same thing. Those are a safety coupler, that releases the pressure before you disconnect a tool.

Vinko
06-26-2009, 05:20 AM
HF, Milton, Prevost. Tomco, had a different style of the same thing. Those are a safety coupler, that releases the pressure before you disconnect a tool.


I assume, however, that there is a wide variance of quality among them?

Vinko
06-26-2009, 05:23 AM
I know the side push buttons do.


they suck because dirt or oil easily fouls them up? I was all ready to go with Prevost brand thinking the Swedes (or English or whoever) would make a good product for $25 per pop. Wurth can be bothered to send me a catalog, so they lose out on my fastener, air compressor and chemical buying I wanted to do with them. HD stuff sucks, and I'm not so impressed with the Milton for Industrial. But I have had morons abuse it. Maybe this Schrader stuff mentioned will work. I htink McMaster-Carr might carry Schrader. I keep putting off upgrading and fixing all this stuff.:wtf:

-B-
06-26-2009, 11:25 AM
I assume, however, that there is a wide variance of quality among them?


Yes a good measure is how many locking balls the coupler has, cheap will have 3-4,

snorky18
06-26-2009, 01:55 PM
Milton Type V, and it made a noticeable difference in the performance of the air hogs, it's like a free torque boost for your impact.

They also accept the old cheap HF / Wal Mart connectors that are still on my infrequently used air tools.

Hose: As far as I know 3/8 is plenty big unless you're getting all industrious (over 30cfm) or running it a LONG way.

wantedabiggergarage
06-30-2009, 02:40 PM
I assume, however, that there is a wide variance of quality among them?

Yes a good measure is how many locking balls the coupler has, cheap will have 3-4,

Both the Milton, and HF, look identical, and have four balls. I don't have any of this style Prevost to check. Sorry for the delay, LONG couple of days, and 10 pages of posts to go through (something at work got moved up 8 days).

Torque Wrench
07-16-2009, 07:59 PM
I use this one that my buddy got me from the dealer ship that he works at. Its just a easy push in and a red button pops your tool out. It works so good I tell everyone about them they are great not even sure where you can get them but there free from him

<a href="http://s281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/?action=view&current=ac1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/ac1.jpg" border="0" alt="air coupler"></a>

<a href="http://s281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/?action=view&current=ac2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk227/jakobgribble/ac2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
If you are wondering what brand that is with the blue body and the red button it it the PREVOST brand, One of the best air couplers on the market.

ultgar
07-16-2009, 08:45 PM
The red button ones are truflate profile. I keep a lot of Prevost couplers in stock...see http://www.ultimategarage.com/shop/index.php?cPath=353 .

If you're just starting out, their High Flow profile would be the way to go....the high flow plugs have a higher CFM rating than the standard Industrial or Truflate profiles.

http://www.ultimategarage.com/hardware/stdvshighflow.jpg

wantedabiggergarage
07-16-2009, 09:16 PM
How many balls in the Prevost release mech?

ultgar
07-17-2009, 08:11 AM
How many balls in the Prevost release mech?

For the one shown above (red button - truflate profile), I count 6. Of course, this brings up the "more balls" vs "bigger balls" debate guys have had for years.:)

SD

scooby074
09-19-2009, 08:05 PM
Hi all,
A few questions. My current system is a mix of ARO (on the ends that connect to regulators) and Type M that connect to my tools.

Im not happy with the miltons as they're pretty much all leaking plus they're relatively low flow. I never seem to get good life out of them.

In 1/4" is the milton type V the best flowing coupler? Or is the TruFlate style the best? Or Prevost high flo as mentioned above? Are there any other suggestions for high flow?

What about quality? All my current couplers are milton brand, no knock offs.
Some of the comments in this thread indicate that milton has offshored some of there manufacturing? I actually had a milton 3 way coupler fall apart in my hands, has their quality slipped?

I like the push button safety couplers, are they better quality, how are they for durability? Can anybody confirm dirt issues? Ive had air hoses disconnect with some rough handling on my part, no fun!

What about the Oeitker Swing style couplers? How are they for flow and durability? Cost? At a former employer, we were going to that style, for safety issues, but i left before i could determine how they held up.I thought i heard that they were something like $40 each, but i could be mistaken.

I want to upgrade my system, but i only want to do this once so any advice would be appreciated. My final choice will be decided by quality and availability locally. One thing that would suck would be having the best possible fitting, but having to mail order or travel to pick up plugs, so id have to check on the availability of the Prevost Hi flo.

Underdog
09-19-2009, 08:16 PM
I had been using Milton Type M correctors for 30 years and just changed everything over to Milton Type V (you guys made me do it!! from reading a previous thread, Thanks Merk!!)
I am truly impressed with the flow improvement. Well worth the money spent.

Milton M here. Question is the Type M interchangeable with the Type V???
Thinking of changing some over to Type V.:thumbup:

ultgar
09-19-2009, 08:26 PM
Hi all,
A few questions. My current system is a mix of ARO (on the ends that connect to regulators) and Type M that connect to my tools.

Im not happy with the miltons as they're pretty much all leaking plus they're relatively low flow. I never seem to get good life out of them.

In 1/4" is the milton type V the best flowing coupler? Or is the TruFlate style the best? Or Prevost high flo as mentioned above? Are there any other suggestions for high flow?

What about quality? All my current couplers are milton brand, no knock offs.
Some of the comments in this thread indicate that milton has offshored some of there manufacturing? I actually had a milton 3 way coupler fall apart in my hands, has their quality slipped?

I like the push button safety couplers, are they better quality, how are they for durability? Can anybody confirm dirt issues? Ive had air hoses disconnect with some rough handling on my part, no fun!

What about the Oeitker Swing style couplers? How are they for flow and durability? Cost? At a former employer, we were going to that style, for safety issues, but i left before i could determine how they held up.I thought i heard that they were something like $40 each, but i could be mistaken.

I want to upgrade my system, but i only want to do this once so any advice would be appreciated. My final choice will be decided by quality and availability locally. One thing that would suck would be having the best possible fitting, but having to mail order or travel to pick up plugs, so id have to check on the availability of the Prevost Hi flo.

If you really need higher flow, consider upgrading to a 3/8" body size. Otherwise I'd recommend Prevost Hi-flow ...these are still being made in France. Not sure where Milton is coming from these days.

I like the Oetiker Swing couplers but they are a bit expensive and not as easy to use. Definitely the better choice in the pits where air guns are thrown about and Prevost or most typical couplers would be prone to accidental release of the tool under pressure. The Oetiker coupler requires a fair amount of mechanical intervention between pulling down on the collar and swinging the fitting to the 45 degree release position. SD

scooby074
09-19-2009, 09:03 PM
ultgar: Thanks for the reply.

Im considering this upgrade because my current system has leaks, and im not really happy with the service im getting from miltons. And i really hate air leaks in my shop:mad:

I also use a fair volumes of air between my blast cabinet and HVLP paint gun. Plus the improved flow will no doubt help performance of my air guns and air powered grinder. However cost of the upgrade will be a factor (ie: is it really worth it). Thats where the high flow comes in. I figure if im upgrading, i may as well get something that ill be happy with.

Where i live we usually pay considerably more then you guys in the states! No free shipping or aggressive online dealers here.

Upgrading to 3/8 might be cost prohibitive as all my airlines are 1/4 NPT.

nissan_crawler
09-19-2009, 10:23 PM
type m nipples can be used in type v couplers. I only swapped my 3" cutoff tool, impacts, air nozzle over to type v nipples. the air ratchets, tire chuck, alcohol sprayer, air drills, etc., are all restricted elsewhere anyway.

NUTTSGT
09-20-2009, 10:55 AM
I'm just using the cheap Campbell Hausfield from TSC or HD.

Tyrol67
09-22-2009, 01:19 AM
I was doing a roofing job and needed a couple of nipples. Store had CAmpbell Housfeld. The CH nipple fatigued&cracked during that one job.A 50 ft hose was whipping across the roof. Unacceptable & unsafe in my book. Never had that happen in 30yrs with a Milton nipple.

Falcon67
09-22-2009, 10:22 AM
I've used Campbell Hausfield parts for many, many years and never had one fail. Just a reminder that anything can be defective and just be careful, even with the best equipment.

I know Lowes carries different kinds of couplers now. I have o run up there today for some stuff so I'll look to see if they have any "high flow" type items.