Air compressor

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Hi all, im in the market for an air compressor, preferably vehicle mount, could someone pls give me advise on what brand would be the best and quickest to inflate from 15psi back to about 38psi, and roughly what price i would be looking at. Any help would be muchly appreciated. Thanks Paul (Hooked on Stokton)...
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Reply By: squiz - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 11:52

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 11:52
At 35 degrees a big red compressor will usually finish the
6'th tire before it will cut out going from 20 to 40psi. From
my understanding it will do this quiker then most.
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Reply By: Mark - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 12:13

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 12:13
Go the Bushranger Maxair. It is nearly twice as fast as the ARB/Big Red/Blue Tongue ones. There was a good comparo about a year ago by Australian 4WD Monthly and the max air won hands down. And its slightly cheaper than most, about $350 when on special at 4WD shows.

Bushranger Maxair

I have the ARB compressor while my brother-in-law has the Bushranger Maxair and there is simply no comparison. Wish the Bushranger was around when I got my ARB one.

Cheers

Mark
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Follow Up By: Roachie - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 12:37

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 12:37
Mark,
I totally agree with you. I have a plumbed in air system in my Patrol, with a 3 lt air receiver tank to service air horns, ARB Locker and air outlets front and back. I was using an original style ARB compressor and it used to take it just over 2 minutes to pump the system from zero up to the 100 psi automatic cut-off.
I bought the Maxair and that takes 30 seconds to do the same job. I've never had it cut out on me yet, but then again I only do my own tyres, not everybody else's too. Bushranger reckon you could pump up the tyres of 5 trucks before the thermal overload MIGHT activate.
I'm happy Jan.......lol

Cheers,

Roachie
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Reply By: crfan - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 13:45

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 13:45
Yes agree go the MaxAir I have had a few different pumps and seen a lot of other pumps and its the best one I have seen around the $300-350 mark.
they have a five year warrenty but no parts available exept the filters for the intake.
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Reply By: Member - Ross - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 17:29

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 17:29
Paul

Go with Max-air. Reinflated 6 tyres (incl CT) from about 20 to 40 before I could finish my stubby.

CheersFidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 17:32

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 17:32
P.S.

I'm sure I saw somewhere recently that ARB just bought out Bushranger.

Kinda sez it all.Fidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 18:21

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 18:21
You a slow drinker Ross :):)Regards Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 19:03

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 19:03
Moderation my son ... moderation.
Always remember about the old bull and the young bull in the paddock next to the herd of cows............. ;-]Fidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: paul2.8d - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 11:03

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 11:03
Rosco

If you drink like me, then thats one powerfull compressor
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Reply By: Dennis (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 21:44

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 21:44
Bushranger Max-Air

Materials Plastic Case with Die Cast Air Pump
Dimensions 310mm (L) x 230mm (H) x 110mm (W)
Capacity 12 amp draw, 300 psi maximum output, 19.8 litres per minute air flow
Weight 2.4kg
Warranty 1 Year No-Fuss Warranty

Specially designed for pumping large 4x4 tyres and truck tyres.

Handy for inflating footballs, basketballs, bicycle tyres etc.

• Keep engine idling while inflating tyres to avoid unnecessary battery draw.

Powerful 12 volt motor and air pump, delivers twice the output of the average car size compressor Fast and reliable portable compressed air at an affordable price Heavy duty fan cooled high torque motor Capable of 5 hours continuous use without overheating Quality manufactured and accredited to International ISO9002 Standards Reliable high quality performance 4.4 metre long power lead and 0.9 metre long air hose Will easily reach all four wheels from your vehicle’s battery
Built-in on-off switches and pressure gauge are conveniently located at your finger tips Easy to read Direct Battery clamps with an in-line fuse, not a cigarette lighter connection No voltage drop or blown fuses in vehicle’s fuse box, easy and simple to use Handy built-in torch Allows you to conveniently operate the unit at night.
Essential 4WD equipment after lowering your vehicle’s tyre pressure to drive in sand, mud or rocky terrain

COMPARATIVE TABLE
SHOWING OPERATING SPECIFICATIONS

Specification 4X4
Power Air Average Car Size Compressor
Maximum Air Flow 19.8 Litres
per minute 11.1 Litres
per minute
Motor Torque at Maximum Power 146mNM 47mNM
Diameter of Motor 52mm 35.5mm
Fan Cooled YES NO
Maximum Operating Temperature 73ºC 176ºC
Non-Stop Operating without overheating 5 hours 30 mins
Approx. time required to inflate 10R.15 tyre from 20lbs – 35lbs 9 mins 19 mins
Power Draw 12 amps 6 amps
Maximum Pressure Output 300 P.S.I. 120 P.S.I.

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Geelong) - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 23:29

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 23:29
Dennis, where did you get these specs from. Some are in conflict with the specs on the link above. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY


Hooroo
Ray
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 00:03

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 00:03
Yep

Max-air will draw up to 30A under load .... hence the suggestion to keep engine at idle. Noticeable performance improvement then also.Fidei defensor

Rosco
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Follow Up By: Dennis (Brisbane) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:50

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 19:50
I got them from the link above.............
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Reply By: David O - Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 23:28

Tuesday, Feb 03, 2004 at 23:28
Or you could make your own using an A/C compressor- mine does 18 to 32 psi in 28 seconds.
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Follow Up By: Poida4x4 - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 03:26

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 03:26
My mate has done this and I watched him use it last weekend. Twoz so quick. The only way to go I reckon...
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Follow Up By: David O - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 16:18

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 16:18
Yeah I believe it is the most effective and if you fish around or have the right contacts will even be cheaper.

My setup
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Reply By: Member - Nigel (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 09:21

Wednesday, Feb 04, 2004 at 09:21
the bushranger seems to be the fastest, but the Blue Tongue isn't far behind and is the only continously rated compressor around - expect to pay around $350
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 22:35

Thursday, Feb 05, 2004 at 22:35
You want the best 12 volt compressor. Get a 'Blow Jax'. 3/4 horse power, 45 amp draw and puts out 6 cfm to 150 PSI. That's nearly twice as fast as your Bushranger. Available at specialist speed shops and normally used for air suspension. Over $600 I believe. Craig............................
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Reply By: ianmc - Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 14:26

Sunday, Feb 08, 2004 at 14:26
The Bush Ranger sounds good. Most underbonnet areas on 4wd's are becoming more cluttered by the day & if professionally serviced the extra labour costs to dismantle this stuff not to mention the roadside fixes we need at times make the portable type seem the way for me!
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