In our new product feed (you have that RSS feed set up, right?) I noticed something cool today. Ok, so Matt noticed it first, but I’m writing about it before he gets a chance. It’s just an air fitting, but it has the unique aspect of having a filter which gets installed at the tool.
FilterPlug with Blow Back Filter
The FilterPlug incorporates the features typically found in an in-line filter directly into the pneumatic plug. The design gives true at-the-tool filtration and reduces the possibility of contamination. That has the effect of reducing wear and extending tool life, which I can certainly say is a good thing. Best of all, this compact unit protects your tools while adding almost no weight or bulk.
Not Always Necessary
This filtered fitting won’t always be necessary. For example, most of the Max nailers have internal filtration. Many of the new Milwaukee pneumatics have them built in as well. Then there are disposable air tools from the big box stores, which tend to just get abused anyway. But the air tools I have could certainly use this little addition.
It may not always be necessary, but for under $10 it seems like cheap insurance to make sure the internals of my pneumatic tools don’t get damaged.