Working with air tools on a regular basis can mean you spend a lot of time dealing with air hoses and all the different items that go along with connecting hoses to tools and hoses to extensions. Air hose couplers are one of those items you may have to track down on a frequent basis, and universal models are out there for consumers. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of using universal couplers for your air hose.
Pro: Universal couplers are easy to find and usually inexpensive to obtain
You won't have to look very far to find universal couplers. You can find the units online and at most hardware stores fairly easily. As an added bonus, universal coupler models can be a little less expensive than those made specifically to work with one type of hose or end.
Con: Some universal couplers will not have the most secure fit
Even though units that are designed to be universal are best designed to fit most of the hose ends securely, some of them will not fit as securely as what they would if you were to buy a specific model that is actually made for your hose end type. If a coupler does not fit securely, you can sometimes run into issues with air leakage or slip-off during the time you are using high-pressure air.
Pro: Universal air hose couplers can serve different purposes
One of the advantages of air hose couplers is the versatility in the way they are made. The hose couplers tend to work with air hoses, of course, but they sometimes are versatile enough that they can be used on different types of connections. For example, you may be able to use a coupler on a small water hose.
Con: Universal couplers don't always fit every hose size
If you do pick up a universal hose coupler for your air hose, you're probably going to find that it will only fit certain hose sizes or end types. Even though these units are labeled as universal, it is not plausible to think that they would work with every single hose type or end. If you buy one of these universal models, make sure you check the designations on it to ensure that it matches up with what you have. If you have multiple air hose types or ends, you could still need more than one universal unit.