Sleeves or Couplings? Pros and Cons

Published: February 15, 2021
by Charles Busada
Image and caption of a rubber or flexible boot

Some of our customers prefer sleeves, some prefer metal compression couplings. So, here is a shortlist of the pros and cons of both.

Call the shop if you have any questions. 540-967-2882

Transparent Sleeve Compression Metal Coupling PVC CouplingFlexible Boot   
Clear  Yes NoNoNo    
Groundable No YesNoNo    
 Lip <.010 Visible < .020 Invisible.250 InvisibleInvisible    
 Cost Inexpensive More costly and variableLeast expensiveInexpensive    
Ease of use

Low Weight

Uses solvent weld or hose clamps

Weight varies due to design. 

Available in quick disconnect or requires hand tools


Based on contoured compression

Low weight: 

Uses hose clamps.

GasketNo GasketFrom black neoprene to FDA SiliconeNo GasketServes as gasket    
PermanentYes or NoNoNo (will not solvent weld to butyrateNo

For pneumatic systems both have advantages.

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