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Old 06-26-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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I did a quick search for air tools but came up blank.

We're thinking of adding air tools to our bus. It has a new compressor for the air brakes, so it should be able to handle them. We're also looking at air ride seats too.

Any advise on hooking these things up? I'll post some pictures sortly.

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Old 06-26-2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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Have an air line plumbed to the front axle and rear axle. This will save you time and frustration if/and or/when you have a blow-out/flat tire and are stranded on the side of the road. I did this with my Deuce, and plan on it with Max. In addition, if you can get your hands on a spare air tank (I have an extra 15 gallon going into Max) do so. It will extend the amount of time you can use your tools without waiting for the compressor to spool up and replace the used air.
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Re: air tools...

Are you looking for information on the plumbing or on what tools to buy?
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Yes.

I'm first of all wondering what parts I'll need to do it, then what tools I'll needs afterwards. I think my wife will take care of the tools. She's really excited about air tools...for whatever reason.

Once I get the plumbing figured out, she's got plans for tools, but advise on tools would certainly be appreciated!

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Yes.

I'm first of all wondering what parts I'll need to do it, then what tools I'll needs afterwards. I think my wife will take care of the tools. She's really excited about air tools...for whatever reason.

Once I get the plumbing figured out, she's got plans for tools, but advise on tools would certainly be appreciated!

Thanks again.
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I strongly encourage you to get an impact tool like the ones the tire guys use to remove the nuts from the semi wheels. They are expensive, but if you're with a flat, they will save you invaluable time and pay for themselves the very first flat you have.

A smaller impact can be used for smaller jobs that would otherwise take forever if done with hand tools. I can think of (and own many) other smaller air tools for various jobs from removing rivots, to grinding, and so on. The sky is the limit.
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If you're going to do much of your own maintenance, then a grease gun is nice.
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Once you decide what route you're going, add a moisture eliminator of some sort at the compressor, and keep your tools oiled.

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Most semis have air dryers. Find one on a salvage semi, they're cheap.
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Re: air tools...

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She's really excited about air tools...for whatever reason.
Looks like you might have some competition.

When I had the concrete truck, it had a coupler for air. Boy was that a handy thing to have. I used it at least once a week, even for little stuff like inflating tires on a wheelbarrow.
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Forgot to mention, but a good regulator is a top priority. You can find "all in one" units that have filters and regulator.
You'll find that many air tool's air needs are different, so a regulator is indispensable.
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