Best air chuck

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by HuckFarley, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. HuckFarley

    HuckFarley Adventurer

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    Any suggestions on the best air chuck that attatches to my air hose to fill bike tires. You get what you pay for, I'm ready to upgrade my Harbor Fake stuff. Thanks.
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  2. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Um, what's wrong with the regular old short thing?
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  3. Pro_Marinero

    Pro_Marinero Carbon Sasquatch

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    Are you sure you're using it correctly? Even HF can't really screw up an air chuck. Both of mine work fine.
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  4. Pike Bishop

    Pike Bishop Pull Down the Ponzi.

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    "Upgrade an air chuck." :lol3

    You gonna upgrade your valve stem caps, too? Don't forget the muffler bearings!
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  5. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    Try to find something made by Milton
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  6. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Yep, Milton. Look in a farm store -- around here, Rural King sells Milton goodies.

    And yes, there are differences in air chucks. I've thrown out several of the Chinese ones that just don't work. Sometimes you get one that works OK.
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  7. buickid

    buickid Lets ride!

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    I got a nice brass one from NAPA, seems well made and seals well. Agreed, I have a couple dual-sided long reach chucks from Harbor Freight, and they work okay, but don't always seal well on the stem.
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  8. FatBob

    FatBob aka blinkerbob!

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    I've had several from HF, They were all crap. Some wouldn't seal on the tire valve, some always leaked air.

    I've had good luck with the Camel air chuck like this one.
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  9. dougfromindy

    dougfromindy I smell premix

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    +1 Milton is your brand. Lotsa junk out there.
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  10. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    Been a fan of Milton for many years. Better farm stores and hardware stores in rural areas. I try to use all their products, female ends less prone to problems, air chucks many styles. Pressure gauge is a quality item.

    But I have some Chinese and other odd things. The Milton blow gun nozzle, that little air squirter that fits in your hand, with a rubber tip? The Milton one has a large rubber end. I also have a smaller one from China with a smaller tip.

    Air chucks come is several different shapes and styles. The one I have settled on seems to be the most common around this part of the country. It is style "M". There are others with names like Industrial or professional and other letters of the alphabet. As far as I know everybody else uses M also. Maybe some of the pros and people with more experience than I can straighten me out if I've got this wrong.
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