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Old 07-23-2019, 11:27 PM
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Welp, after months and months of dancing the knife edge, of getting it or leaving it on the shelf at the store, I finally decided to get it. I bought the 3/4" master kit. I contained 100 foot of the semi-stiff 3/4" pvc/aluminum/Teflon tubing, 3 drop stations, 20 hangers/anchors, 2 tees and the assembly/cutting tools.


I ran a 1/2" x 36" hydraulic hose, as my vibration isolator and piped 3 drops in the shop, with 9 available air chuck, with 4 of them connected to my hose reels. The tubing is pretty stiff, making uncurling and measuring for cuts a PITA, but it went together exactly as stated and I had no leaks. The tubing is good for 200 psi and my 2 stage Home Depot sourced Campbell-Hausfeld air compressor shuts off at 175 psi, so I should be okay.


I bought my set from the local Runnings store for about $185 and with the extra parts and the misc nipples and air chuck and the ever present NYS sales tax, I left the store at about $250. The whole system has only 13 of the companies hi-tech special compression joints.


The whole job took about 5 hours, running about 75 of the supplied 100 foot tubing. Most of the time was moving crap in the Machinery Closet, to get to the areas where the drops were going to be located. Fired the system up, soap tested all of the joints, and remade 4 whips, from the drops to the hose reels.


All in all, it looks decent, the parts are well made, I used different mounting straps, we shall see if the stuff lasts an remains leak free.


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Old 07-24-2019, 12:54 AM
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Jack, did you buy their crimping tool?
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:17 AM
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Jack, did you buy their crimping tool?
No crimping, it’s a special style compression fittings
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:08 AM
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I think you will be happy with an air plumbing system in the shop. It helps to contain the moisture where it should be and give you dryer air where you want it.

As I was always told the Magic Garage was so small, it is shocking to realize it took 75 feet of pipe.
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Old 07-24-2019, 01:08 PM
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I think you will be happy with an air plumbing system in the shop. It helps to contain the moisture where it should be and give you dryer air where you want it.

As I was always told the Magic Garage was so small, it is shocking to realize it took 75 feet of pipe.

Actually 80 feet, I added a 4th drop this morning. The longest run is from the air compressor, that’s in the basement, through the wall up to the rafters, to the first cut in, about 45-50 feet. It’s tight, as Norm says, you have to step outside to change your mind.
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:33 PM
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If you have worked with pex tubing, how easy is it to work with this tubing compared to pex?
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:23 AM
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I have had the 3/4" rapid air kit installed for a couple of years, very happy with it.
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I noticed a spike in Milton stock recently...


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Old 08-09-2019, 05:19 PM
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67 CFM ought to be able to run a gnarly 1" impact gun and a big DA sander simultaneously
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:05 PM
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Now if I had an air compressor, that was capable of 67 cfm!!


Both the 3/4” drive impact guns now have a very noticeably louder bark, than they did before.

I now have a mixed assortment of air fittings on some of the tools. All of the air drops, air lines and hose reels have been changed over to the larger fittings, along with the 3/4” and 1/2” impacts. I have 8” long whips that have the larger input fittings and the smaller outlet fittings, allowing me to use the die grinders and other smaller tools, that don’t use a lot of air. The only smaller fittings is at the tool inlet, eventually I will probably switch over. The thought of changing the 120+ smaller air nipples on the tools, all at once, before SFT members have time to buy Milton stock, to enjoy the income surge, is unthinkable. So buy now!! Now Damn It!!.
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