View Full Version : Do you whip or not whip your air tools?


TheGrooveking
06-07-2010, 04:55 PM
I just received a few sample Hosezilla 2 ft. whips with a universal swivel on one end to try out. With that I was curious as to how many of you guys use whips on your air tools and if so how long do you run with 2 ft, 4 ft 6 ft?

TheGrooveking

Case
06-07-2010, 05:10 PM
I have 4ft on my impact and 2ft on my die grinders.

Goobzilla
06-07-2010, 05:11 PM
No whips, all my air tools have a male air fitting threaded directly in to them.

russlaferrera
06-07-2010, 05:23 PM
No whips. Do use a ball joint on smaller air tools (die grinders, drills.)

Zrexxer
06-07-2010, 05:24 PM
Depends on how bad they've been.

DanCo
06-07-2010, 05:48 PM
25 & 50 foot whips, applications may vary...no whips for me. My hoses are my own, I don't let anyone else use them. I inspect them end to end once a month. If they are starting to show wear on the threaded end, I either give them away or throw them out.

Scout Driver
06-07-2010, 05:52 PM
Whip it! Whip it good!

Some of my tools are whipped. Some are not. I do remember people saying that a tool will last longer if whipped??

Scott

brian90505
06-07-2010, 05:54 PM
No whips, no swivels.

bazzateer
06-07-2010, 06:16 PM
Whips? Educate me guys!

srmofo
06-07-2010, 06:26 PM
no whips, just a universal on one of my die grinders to get in tight spots

scooterseats
06-07-2010, 07:02 PM
I was going to but, I was afraid that it would hurt their self image!

PassnThru
06-07-2010, 07:32 PM
No whips, all my air tools have a male air fitting threaded directly in to them.

That post is just begging for it.......
Must resist........

Elroy
06-07-2010, 08:04 PM
For unrestricted access in tight spots, Elroy prefers swivels:

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii55/EllisofRoy/Air%20Tools/Picture005.jpg

Your preference may vary

curtrnev
06-07-2010, 08:27 PM
no whips here because it's not if it comes loose but when.

skeletonizer
06-07-2010, 08:29 PM
No whips or swivels. Not because I don't want them but because I always spend my tool moneys on other stuff.

GeorgiaHybrid
06-07-2010, 08:31 PM
Never have used whips but in a tight spot, I have added a swivel to them. I hate a swivel though and as soon as I'm done with that project, I take it off.

Art From De Leon
06-07-2010, 08:55 PM
All mine have the Snap on whip hose.

MG 725, MG 325, PDR5A, PH3050, and the Snap on die grinder, the model number I cannot remember.

Torque1st
06-07-2010, 09:15 PM
I use a male coupler on each tool and a female coupler on a swivel whip with an inline lubricator. I suppose if I needed to get into a particularly tight spot I would just reach for one of the 45 or 90 fittings I have setting with my extra couplings.

sstruckguy
06-07-2010, 10:01 PM
It sounds like a no brainer. If you are asking about home/man cave tools, a whip doesn't really serve any purpose. If space/clearance is an issue, add the whip.

It you are asking about work tools, see above.

I started using air tools, as an income producing crutch, over 30 years ago.(and many times since)

In that time, I have NEVER added a whip hose to my tool(s). It doubles your possibility of air leaks AND basic cost of just plugging in.

Any other questions/concerns? :bounce:

Heavy Metal Doctor
06-07-2010, 10:03 PM
No whips or swivels. Not because I don't want them but because I always spend my tool moneys on other stuff.

Same here.

I do have a 3/8 impact that came with one of those fittings that swivels about 15 or 20 degrees, though......

Joe69
06-11-2010, 03:58 AM
The only tool I whip is my air hammer. The couplers don't last long without it, due to vibration.

Joe

trashauler
06-11-2010, 07:06 AM
All of my 1" impacts get whips but that is about it. I make my own out of 1/2" rubber airbrake hose and RAB fittings.

z28snksknr
06-11-2010, 07:32 AM
:headscratHhm ok I am not sure about your opening line>>>>People laughed and cried as people about to board the Titanic said goodbye to their relatives.

The only reason being you repeat the word "people" twice in the same sentence, why don't you try something like this>>> People laughed and cried as they boarded the Titanic and waved goodbye to their loved ones.

:headscrat

gsport
06-11-2010, 01:52 PM
i use one swivel on the end of my air hose, that way i don't need a seperate one for each tool...

OccupantRJ
06-11-2010, 02:11 PM
Whips? Educate me guys!

A whip is a short flexible hose attached to an air tool to get the quick coupling back out of the way, and to provide more flexibility to maneuver the tool.

HemiRambler
06-11-2010, 11:40 PM
No Whips for me - The vast majority of my air tools are stored vertically by placing the air fitting in an appropriately sized hole. Makes storage much easier.

jay50
06-12-2010, 09:49 AM
I've got swivel whips on all my air tools.
Allows small impacts and ratchets to get into tight spots where doing external engine work.

Chuckw
06-12-2010, 12:24 PM
No whips, unless like others have said I have ot get into a really tight space. They tend to kink, and I hat it when I hit the go button and nothing happens!

Phuckin' Jim
06-14-2010, 12:16 AM
I only put whips on my impacts and air hammer. As Joe69 said, the couplers don't last as long otherwise.

Racecarl
06-14-2010, 11:33 PM
My wife works at a hose plant that makes air hose, so I get a pretty good deal on whip hoses. She crimps ends on scrap hose, so all I have to buy is the crimp ends. She made me 10 hoses and so far none have failed, although I do not do as much mechanic work as I used to.

I like whip hoses because it gets the quick coupler of of the way.

DIC
06-14-2010, 11:59 PM
Put me down for No whip.....But I do use swivels.....:bounce:

vtx531
06-15-2010, 08:35 AM
Can someone post pictures of whips? I've never seen or heard of them.

Stick Figure
06-15-2010, 12:03 PM
Put me down for No whip.....But I do use swivels.....:bounce:

x2

on the subject of the swivels, what is everyone using? I picked up an overpriced China one from grainger in a pinch, and then tried an identical version from HF for about a 1/4 of the price. Both have been working great so far, but i'm not sure if i just got lucky, or if this is one of the few air fittings that harbor got right.

Torque1st
06-15-2010, 02:52 PM
A whip with an inline lubricator on the male end and a semi-swivel fitting and female coupler on the other end.

Chris 50
06-15-2010, 04:55 PM
i use one swivel on the end of my air hose, that way i don't need a seperate one for each tool...

Right on. I've been using the same swivel on the air hose for years.

rockchucker
06-15-2010, 05:18 PM
I use a Ball Swivel on my Impact but it just makes it a PITA to connect with Greasy Hands. Hasn't leaked yet but when it does it will go bye bye. I like to be able to actually whip the hose from the Tool to get it to move certain places or untangle. So it is solid Connections for me. I do use a smaller, lighter Hose compared to most though. I hate huge massive Air Hoses. Especially if you are dragging them around all day and stepping over them. Of course I get pissed when people step on my Hoses though. Nobody uses my Hoses or rolls them up. So I am a little anal about Hoses.


Hoses are like dogs though...You can spend a year of your life Training them or the rest of your life Training them. Your choice.

Alex P. Keaton
09-04-2012, 03:47 PM
Use a 90 degree X 360 air flex connector. On the 1/4" size you can have a small 1.4 oz oiler connected between the air tool and the air flex connector and you're good. The 1/2" and 3/8" usually have the TP oiler on the other side of the whip hose. The AF Connector makes using the air tool much easier....

e-tek
09-04-2012, 04:07 PM
Use a 90 degree X 360 air flex connector. On the 1/4" size you can have a small 1.4 oz oiler connected between the air tool and the air flex connector and you're good. The 1/2" and 3/8" usually have the TP oiler on the other side of the whip hose. The AF Connector makes using the air tool much easier....

Way to pull up a thread from the dead as your first post. Alex used to be such a smart whipper-snapper too!

sdguy55
09-04-2012, 04:08 PM
Snap on sells a swivel that has two blocks. One that has your male pipe for your air tool and the other has a female end for you quick coupling end. The rwo blocks swivel on a piece of pipe which allows it to turn 360 and get nearly vertical with the tool itself. They're expensive but worth it imo.

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GTO
09-04-2012, 04:13 PM
No whips,just a couple of ball swivel ends.
Not a pro,just an advanced home DIY'er

rlitman
09-04-2012, 04:17 PM
I use the ball swivels on most tools (there are a few that I use the fully articulating swivels, because of how the hose would end up). They are a little harder to mate into a female QD, because they want to move, but with the hose exerting less angular torque on the tool, I feel like I'm more in control.

I do like the whips on my DA, where I have the vacuum hose and air hose run together.
I use whips on my sanders and grinders. They give me a good place to attach an inline oiler without hanging it directly off the tool, as I like an oiler on tools that see continuous use. Most everything else just gets a few drops in the fitting before use.

geezer48
09-04-2012, 04:31 PM
no whips or swivels.

sberry
09-04-2012, 05:16 PM
No whips, line connects to the tool, this keeps from disconnecting sections of charged hose with a blast of air. I had an engineer here for something the other day and it was one of the things he noticed, no hydrants for whips but hoses on reels or permanent drops at point of use.

crewchief888
09-04-2012, 07:08 PM
no whips

i do have one compact (old) mac 3/8" non reversable air drill, that i keep a whip on for really tight spots.


:beer:

Greatbear
09-04-2012, 11:28 PM
No whips, but I do have ball swivel connectors on all the small tools like die grinders and ratchets and such that need extra movement. I have a short 1/4" hose with a very small female QD fitting that I will use as a "whip" for maximum flexibility or get into tight spaces.

BDT/NWMN
09-05-2012, 12:46 AM
I run whips on some of the air tools; but not all of them.. Two footers are usually what I get because they goof up the air tool drawers in my rollers bad enough... longer ones are worse for storage; but I do like loooong whips...

Nozzlejocky
09-05-2012, 07:06 AM
I don't use them, though have pondered it. I just have the male end in the tool and change out. I also don't use my air tools every day, so that likely affects the no-whip decision.

Tarheelgarage
09-05-2012, 07:13 AM
I have whips on all my air tools.
Flexzially whips are great.

Use air tools constantly and need to get access to all areas

Joe69
09-08-2012, 06:50 AM
I use a whip on my air hammer. Otherwise, the coupler will wear out in no time from the vibration. But I use the my air hammer hard.

Joe

Piper
09-08-2012, 08:10 AM
I do use them but that's mainly because my whip line is 3/8 and my main drop line is 1/2. I have them on my die grinders and smaller air tools, my impacts and ratchets don't. For those guys I have a 3/8 adapter whip that I just plug into the 1/2 line. I know on some tools like air guns where there's a lot of potential motion to the tool that the threaded part of tool grip can become a weak spot and putting a whip on tends to save that but I use my tools a ton and don't ever recall having that area go bad. I do like having the whip on my die grinders tho as they're so small I seem to loose them on my tool cart and the whip shows up easier... my doh tho...