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An Easy-to-Install Air System for Your Shop

Air Everywhere

Verne SimonsPhotographer, Writer

Our buddy Rob spends nearly all his time building cool stuff. He’s good at it and seems to know the best way to get the job done. So when we noticed different-looking new blue lines in his shop, we had to ask what they were. The lines were cleanly and securely mounted and looked great, kind of like PEX plumbing. They must have been easy to install because the system appeared in his shop quickly.

What we were looking at was a RapidAir Products Maxline compressed air distribution system. We knew we wanted one for our own shop. Luckily one of our favorite retailers, Summit Racing Equipment, caries RapidAir Products, and Summit always has great prices and blazing-fast shipping on almost all orders over $99.

With that in mind we called up and ordered two 3/4-inch RapidAir Products Maxline Master Shop Air Kits (PN M7500, $159.99 each) for our 1,600-square-foot shop. Each kit comes with 100 feet of MaxLine Semi Flexible Tubing, which is tube made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and aluminum. Kits also include 20 mounting clips, three manifolds with drains and fittings to fit the 3/4-inch tubing, two tees, a 1 3/4-inch tubing-to-male NPT adapter, a tubing cutter, and a deburr tool. These kits are a surface mount system that installs easily and yields a professional look.