Which Compressor

Submitted: Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 18:57
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Ok, how much do I have to spend for a compressor thats going to pump up six 245/70 17" tyres in a reasonable time, the one I have at the moment (cheapie $75.00) that takes a good 30 minutes to pump up the six tyres from 26psi to 36psi.
It also gets so hot i have to wait for a while before I can pack it away.
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Dave
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 19:07

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 19:07
I've got one of these....$150......that is much cheaper than I paid a few years ago.

http://www.tigerz11.com.au/product-category/compressors/thumper-air-compressor-1.html

The same or similar compressor comes in under a number of brands these days.

as for getting hot....UM..yeh..compressors get hot.

A bit of a tip for any compressor......replace the cable and the battery clips.

Heavier cable...much heavier..and some good battery clips.....or plug it into an anderson...will improve things a bit.

Oh and remember to keep your engine running...these things draw 30 or 40 amps pluss.

cheers
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Reply By: Sigmund - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 19:51

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 19:51
Our eBay cheapie, about $80, lasted 6 episodes. We now have one from ABR, as yet not used in anger.
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Reply By: my4x4 - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 20:53

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 20:53
What ever you do, DO NOT purchase one from AGR Machinery off ebay. I did and it only lasted about 10 goes and now I am having trouble claiming it on warranty. Buy local if you can.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:58

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 21:58
This one was "Tested by Overlander 4wd as Fastest compressor in Australia under $1200-00"
$219.95 rom ABR Sidewinder, a business Member of ExplorOz.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 05:40

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 05:40
x2 for the sidewinder compressor. Happy with mine.
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Follow Up By: chisel - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 15:07

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 15:07
No doubt a good compressor but the test was done in 2009 so there might be others available now which are better value.

Is there a more recent comparison available?
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 21:01

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 21:01
Yes Chisel, search the web and this site. Pretty sure the mag report is now online. One of the top performers was the Dr Air 150l, ~$200 iirc.
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:18

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 22:18
For what it's worth I've had a "Max Air" for over 10 years and it's still going strong. At the time I bought it I'm fairly sure they were still Oz made. Plenty of cheap Chinese copies on the market, which I understand use a plastic piston ......... go figure.

At the end of the day, spend a couple/few hundred smackers on a good unit that performs and lasts. Cheaper and lots quicker in the long run.

To answer the time issue. It would reinflate 6 tyres from beach to road pressure in about 1.5 stubby time.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 07:20

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 07:20
Second the old max air. The feet have fallen off (rubber perished), the plastic air filter holder broke off years ago, the bag zippers corroded and broke, but that old compressor has earned every scar.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 17:59

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 17:59
This might give you a idea of the real price of these cheap Chinese compressors.......

http://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?fsb=y&IndexArea=company_en&CatId=&SearchText=12v+car+air+compressors
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 23:06

Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 23:06
Boss Big Pro.

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Peter
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Reply By: Penchy - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 08:35

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 08:35
You might need to check the maximum flow - they seem to top out at 150L/min for the twin piston. Don't be fooled by 150psi pressure as for speed of inflation, they are obviously 2 different things.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 15:17

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 15:17
According to 4WD Action Magazine's test of 24 pumps this one came out top DR Air Pro Flow. Can read about it here but you will have to find the compare.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 15:32

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 15:32
We have this one. Excellent for four tyres but if I had more tyres to do like on van or trailer, then I would go one model larger at least. It is installed down the back of the car, out of the way, in a vented (12V fan) void beside the drawer system.

Phil

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Follow Up By: Flighty ( WA ) - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 12:13

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 12:13
Have one mounted and feeding a 10 litre tank, works quite well with no problems at all.
They are quite an effective unit.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 14:03

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 14:03
What is the shape and meaurements of the tank? Any link or picture?

I was thinking of doing the same. Not a lot of room beside the drawer system. You know the type of place, just behind the rear wheel arch in a sedan.

Phil

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Reply By: spanner1969 - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:04

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:04
Dave , I bought both ARB compressors one under front seat and one in the box which I use with trailer and as spare, I would agree with above leave vehicle running whichever you choose. They both get warm but not extremely hot. Buy the xtension as 5 mtrs not long enough for campers .
Both pumps work well and pump 20psi in just under 3 mins, and yes not cheap but in 3 yrs no issues
Paul
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Follow Up By: spanner1969 - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:12

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:12
1. CKMP12/CKMTP24 – High Output PortableEngineered to suit any off road adventure and the most popular in the range, this portable air compressor has been constructed entirely of lightweight, high grade materials and is mounted in a durable case offering easy carrying and storage.

2. CKMA12 – High Output On-BoardPermanently mounted, this water, dust, heat and shock resistant compressor can be used to activate Air Lockers and will perform a number of other functions with an optional tyre inflation kit sold separately.

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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 07:37

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 07:37
My ARB compressor is the best I've ever had. One of the good things is the automatic cutoff when you are moving between tyres so that the hose doesn't blow. It only runs when I squeeze the trigger, and it's fast.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 07:48

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 07:48
I forgot to add, on the weekend at a club trip, 1member forgot his compressor, anothers blew apart at the hose coupling. My fixed in car ARB inflated my car and those 2 other cars in less time than some of the others with the portable ones did having to unpack, setup, and move the unit around because their hoses wouldn't reach. No comparison, I'd already inflated 2 tyres before they got their compressors working.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 17:54

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 17:54
I think ARB make some of the best compressors on the market, we use two CKMA-12's running together into a 18lt tank. The compressors have a 6 inch high capacity fan ( not a cheap computer one) blowing air over them to keep them cool in long run situations.

The thing I like about the ARB compressors is you can get every part needed separately.

A lot of people knock them mostly due to their hate of ARB and thinking there are better for less....... Air compressors are one of those things that when you need it you need it.

ARB make real honest compressors that work and are reliable.

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Reply By: D-Max Dave - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:20

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:20
Hi all
Thanks for all the good advice and feedback, I guess ive got some research to do.
Cheers
Dave
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:57

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:57
Just a note about some units high flow claims of 150 litres a minute, this is usually calculated at 0 psi , check the glow rates at around 30 psi and you will see a truer measure of their ability
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Reply By: Member - Terry W4 - Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:23

Monday, May 05, 2014 at 19:23
As is always the case you get what you pay for.

I have a Black Max Bushranger - 160lts pm - $256
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 01:10

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 01:10
Dave,

I've got a Blue Tongue compressor, fitted into a plastic tool box, along with a 5 or 6 metre hose. They go all day, and don't overheat like some of the others do. Due to their design, they're not suitable for under bonnet applications.

You can also get a twin cylinder one that's supposed to perform very well.

Bob.

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Reply By: 322 - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 09:50

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 09:50
I bought a Bushranger Airmax about five years ago. It gets regular use during summer as we live right near the beach and go down there often. It has never skipped a beat. It is not the quickest compressor I've seen. But I want something that will be reliable and to this point it has been all of that.
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Reply By: neil g7 - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:06

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:06
hi i have the ARB single motor with small tank under bonnet which i thought was great until coming off beach with mate, started pumping up tyers got 2 done look over mate had finished his 4 and was pumping up mine. His pump is the ARB twin motor job with tank what a pump,not cheap but super fast can even run rattle gun off it.
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Reply By: Idler Chris - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:41

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:41
It depends how often you use it and what you are prepared to pay. As a retiree who gets out of Melbourne for three or four months of the year and frequent user, an Air-On-Board engine driven compressor is hard to beat. Pumps 4 tyres on my 100 series Cruiser from sand pressures to highway pressures in less than five minutes. Not cheap but worth it if you use it a lot. Will also run air tools and great for blowing the dust out of the air filter. Also I have air lockers and if the compressor fails you have open diffs, an engine driven compressor is much more reliable.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:48

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:48
And for Phil, I have a small tank mounted on the cross member under the vehicle about under the passenger seat. Raining here at the moment so will take a pic tomorrow and post it then.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 16:10

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 16:10
Here is a pic of the mounted air tank I promised.


Here is another pic. (note the strenghthened torsion bar mount, a good investment for any well travelled 100 series)


I hope people find these of interest, just ask if anyone wants more info.
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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 11:50

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 11:50
Hi Dave

Our compressor now MK4 is in its 6th year of production with the MK5 due in 8 weeks.

We have made many improvements since the MK1 tested by Overlander in 2009.

We have MK4's on special in this newsletter. Week-19-2014

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