Tyre Deflators

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:25
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Hi,
I lost my Staun (?) deflators about 12 months ago, since I have purchased a knock off set from ebay for just over $20. I'm not happy with them as they don't seem to be cosistent.
I was looking at the deflator in the shop here but at over $100 I thought I'd ask the question first What are you using?

Rgds
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:42

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:42
G'day Ian & Nola


I use the ARB ezy tyre deflator - think they're about $60 and I'm very happy with it !


All the best


Gazz
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Follow Up By: Member - Nordave - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:59

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 11:59
X 2. Have both the st deflaterrs and the ARB ezy. Use the ARB one all the time.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 14:19

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 14:19
x3 - I find the ARB ezy deflator the bees knees. I have a set of Staun deflators (brass) I've never used them....who knows they might come in handy one day.
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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 17:42

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 17:42
x1000 There a well made simple to use Tyre deflator...Ive even helped some people that are on there second front tyre and ive done all my 4 help finish off there back two..
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Reply By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:06

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:06
ARB Ezy the only way to go
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:33

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:33
I started out with four Staun deflators but they are each limited to one pressure setting.
As I deflate to a variety of pressures I switched to the ARB EZ Deflator.
This allows deflating to any pressure and because in use the valve stem is retracted it is much faster.
A benefit is that the pressure is reassuringly displayed on the gauge.

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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:34

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:34
Sounds like ARB's the way to go thanks all

Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:42

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:42
Hi Ian,

I have the ABR Sidewinder version of the Ezi-deflator - much the same but cheaper. Has worked fine over the years and gauge proved accurate.
Derek from ABR is a sponsor on this site and has proved to be very helpful with products and after-sales support. Wish I could say the same about ARB!

No connections etc to ABR, just a satisfied customer.

Cheers, Geoff
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Reply By: John1936 - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:44

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:44
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:58

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:58
Gday Noldi
I use a stick. Fully green and reliable.If you loose your stick there are plenty where that one came from. There are different sizes and will let the tyres down to any setting.
Just look around and there they are , sticks...

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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 13:08

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 13:08
Bu%%ered if I can find the calibration procedure for a stick though. :-)
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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:24

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:24
I use my car keys & a tyre pressure gauge! :)

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:25

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:25
Thats a bit up market isn't it Kevin?

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Follow Up By: KevinE - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:51

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:51
Where's the like button! :) :) :)
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Follow Up By: brownie - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:58

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 19:58
I use a stick also, push stick onto valve and the air will come out.
Do each tyre for an equal amount of time - they will then all be let down equally - doesn't really matter what the actual pressure is, the point of the exersize is to ease your passage over sandy terrain.
If you are still getting stuck, then repeat the process.
Check with a gauge if that makes you feel better.

I've used this method since '71, done lots of miles and kilometers over sand in that time,

Save your $$$

Cheers, Neil.
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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:02

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:02
Gday Neil
Do you keep the same stick in the ash tray, or do you look for a new one every time?

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Follow Up By: Member - VickiW - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:31

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:31
Finding a new stick is part of the challenge. I've also used a pen, car keys and a nail file.

Cheers,
Vicki
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:49

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:49
Muzbury,
I use a stick also and have been using the same stick since I was born.

It has aged but modern technology has still not surpassed it.

In earlier years it did get me into trouble until I found an instruction manual on the do's and don'ts.

May your stick never let you down.

RA.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 23:04

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 23:04
I've moved on from using a stick - graduated to a small bullet head nail that is bent around my keyring :-)
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 23:13

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 23:13
Now that's smart Phil. The 'Navigator' can't drive-off while you are deflating. LOL
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Follow Up By: Olsen's 4WD Tours and Training - Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 09:19

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 09:19
The stick and time method works, but only if you use the same stick every time. A fatter stick blocks the airflow a bit more :-)
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:21

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:21
I have two sets of Staun tyre deflators.
One set is set to 28PSI for dirt roads and the other set calibrated for 18PSI when venturing onto the sand.

What I like about the Staun's, is that you screw one to each tyre and by the time you have completed the fourth tyre, the first is usually ready to remove.
I have found these to be reliable sand fairly accurate to the pressure setting first set.

I have recently (few months ago) purchased an ARB Easy Deflator after all the hype advertising (I'm a bit of a sucker sometimes) and have only "played around with it" so far.
Why did I bother?
By the time you screw the Easy deflator onto the tyre, unscrew the valve to release the pressure to the desired level, then screw the valve back in before removing the deflator, my Staun's would have completed the job in half the time, to my perception.
I think I may have wasted my money on the Easy Deflator as it does not appear to improve the process that the Staun's provide.

I will not be disposing of the Staun's in the foreseeable future.


Bill


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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 22:54

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 22:54
Bill, I know what you are saying about 'doing the rounds' with the Stauns. It was a good routine.

Because of the two 'standard' pressures (28 & 18 psi) and being mean, I set two of mine to 18 and two to 28 psi, marking them with a dab of colour paint. Then I forgot what the colour code was! Then I thought that the EZ Deflator might be better!! Arrrgghh, it all gets too much.

Perhaps Brownie's idea of a stick and the same time on each tyre may be enough?? LOL

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Reply By: Candace S. - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:52

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 20:52
I use a set of Trailhead brand deflators and I like them. Probably not sold in Oz but here they are on Amazon:deflators on amazon

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Reply By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 21:49

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 21:49
I don't want to hijack your thread but these staun tyres deflators soud like a good idea do they set them to what ever pressure you ask for or do they already have set pressures and once your tyres are down do you leave them on or remove them before moving off.Thanks
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 22:22

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 22:22
The Stauns are factory set at 18psi but can be adjusted over a range.
Being solid brass they are of some weight so I would not drive with them on but I have heard some propose doing so.
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Follow Up By: Member - Murray M2 - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 19:28

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 19:28
wouldn't drive with them on, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS, if you do for sure you will rip stems out.
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Reply By: Batt's - Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 22:28

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 22:28
Thanks Allan B I might check them out
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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 10:39

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 10:39
Hi All, has anyone any experience with Trail Head tyre deflators? I see there sold through a WA company
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:01

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:01
Noldi,

The Trail Head deflator operates on the same principle as the Staun, however being made of aluminium rather than brass, they are lighter and therefore promoted as being able to drive (at reduced speed) whilst the tyres are deflating.

All very well, but I would not drive at any speed with these things on my valve stems! Just look at the photo below and note the length of the combined valve and deflator!

There seems to be a lot of interest in the speed that various deflators will perform. I question just how important several minutes is in the course of a trip. Smell the roses.


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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:18

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:18
I'm with you Allan, not interested in driving with them on, don't see the point.
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Follow Up By: Dr Hook - Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:42

Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:42
The Stick is an "olde worlde" solution, with an obvious drawback: you cannot drink from your can whilst crouched down (deflating the 4 tyres) or you will get indigestion.
I use Stauns - foolproof except when your mate borrows them and fiddles with the setting. Tell lhim to get his own!
Meanwhile, for re-inflation, for the past 30 years, I merely over-inflate the spare (before departure) and use a coiled airhose with valve fitting on each end (purchased form K-Mart for less than $10.00 at the time) to decant air into 2 tyres whilst the compressor re-inflates the other two. Half the time and my compressor will last twice as long!
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 11:24

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 11:24
I have tested the ARB version, the stick version and the Staun's. They all have their upsides. The ARB is probably the most accurate, the stick the most value and the Staun's the most time efficient.

Taking all of these into consideration the Staun's are the winner for me, as some posters above I also have 2 sets for different terrain and they do they haven't let me down so far. The stick is a great back up but it doesn't come with instructions to show how to use it without your back or knees aching from crouching down for so long!
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