Tools Air Compressor couplings

Discussion in 'Tools & Equipment' started by AndyB1976, Thursday 2nd Apr, 2015.

  1. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    United Kingdom Andy Aberfoyle
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    I bought a compressor last year primarily for a leak-down test and decided to upgrade the hose and ordered some couplings last year.

    So, got some DIY in mind and picked up a tempting offer on a TacWise 18G Brad Nailer last week from Amazon for £29.99 (Amazon lightning deals) - cracking little machine, never used an air nailer before and if you see it for £30, buy it ! lol

    Anyway...tried to plug the new male couplings into the compressor and it wouldn't lock in or seal. Now they are physically a different length but other than that being blindingly obvious, what else is different from them?

    So the existing coupler looks shorter like this

    media.nl?id=33&c=1108579&h=ddf894a71a069575c827.

    and I bought these longer looking ones

    81NpBXSR0CL._SL1500_.

    So what's the difference...apart from the length?
     
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  2. PeteMM Premium Member Club Supporter

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    They are called PCL fittings. The shorter ones are PCL XF fittings

    Standard PCL stuff is cheap as chips for good quality items.

    PCL XF is a higher flow but can only be used with other XF series couplings/adapters
     
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  3. AndyB1976 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Cheers...I'll investigate further :Smile:
     
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  4. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I use PCL XF ones for all my air tools, I find the PCL ons tend end up leaking after sometime, never had that issue with the PCL XF ones.
     
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  5. kes Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I use the XF ones too as have wider opening so more air can pass through.
    Air compressors are great, especially for impact guns. I remember using it for the first time to crack a driveshaft nut open and it flew off with such ease, I was grinning ear to ear.
     
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