Filtered Air Fitting

Posted by on March 10, 2006

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.

3 Responses to Filtered Air Fitting

  1. Matt Griffith

    Once again, Brian sneaks in for the kill… Ok, I’m over it now.

    It strikes me how useful this product could be for all the shops with pneumatic sanders or grinders in use. This filtered plug, could definitely prevent downtime and increase tool life in machine shop and garage settings. Let alone automated nailgun groups in factory settings. The savings potential on both new tools and down times could be huge for manufacturers. Any, kudos to Coilhose Pneumatic on their simple solution to air tool particle filtration.

  2. Brian Mark

    Very good points, Matt. I was sort of thinking along those lines but didn’t really spell it out, so I will now.

    The bigger the mess created or the more mission critical the job, the more important filtering is.

  3. Brian Mark

    We’ve just put one of these on our auto-bagger. Since the compressor is in our warehouse and the auto-bagger is vital for our business, it was cheap insurance.

    Actually, $10 to protect anything over $20,000 is incredibly cheap insurance.