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Can anyone help me with a suitable well made Air Compressor. Don't want to spend a fortune but do need one that's reliable. Won't be used very much John
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Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:18

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:18
we have an ARB compressor, has never let us down.
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Follow Up By: IronMan - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:53

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:53
Same here. I have an ARB CKMP12 bought on special from a show in Adelaide some years ago, but barely used as I have had access to a garage when I needed air. Only issue I can see which may affect long term ownership is the air line gets REALLY hot at the compressor discharge. I have been meaning to include a short length of braided line with fittings in my kit. Can't fault it.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 22:56

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 22:56
And ditto here. We mounted our ARB compressor in a void beside our drawer system with an outlet on top. Also added a 12V DC fan to ventilate the void.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:29

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:29
I have a ABR Sidewinder one. Works for me.

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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 18:37

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 18:37
I also have sidewinder compressor that I stripped down and found they are well built. It has served me well.
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:36

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 09:36
The ARB units are very reliable and well made but if you want cheaper
the Projector Typhoon units are good bang for buck and have performed well in the various comparos

Look out for them on special at Repco etc or check EBay
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:21

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:21
Have a Blue Tongue compressor, John.

Probably a bit dearer than most these days, but a real workhorse with no overheating worries, though maybe a bit slower than some of the later models. I've had it over 10 years, but don't use it regularly.

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Reply By: Rangiephil - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:40

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:40
ALDI $99 when they have them. Give 150L per minute but big and heavy.

There is an identical one advertised in 4WD Action for $129 if you cannot wait.

They have an identical appearance to Dr Air which won the 4WD Action shootout.

I dismantled mine recently and found it was IMHO good quality with the possible most failure prone point being the reed valves. I have had mine for 3 years and used often with a high pressure tank . I found one reed valve not sealing properly and flipped it.

IMHO these are all you need

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Reply By: Angryz - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:41

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:41
I had an ARB hooked up to a tank & never had an issue with it. I also have a Thumper air compressor that I use at the moment as I have changed vehicles & haven't refitted the ARB one. It works well but takes up a lot of room & gets really hot. Pumps up a lot of tyres quickly though.
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Follow Up By: johno59 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:50

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 10:50
Thanks guys. I have heard the cheaper Aldi ones are ok for the money but will think about it a bit longer thanks johno
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Reply By: Sigmund - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 12:29

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 12:29
If you have a 4WD then you need 150 l per minute or better.

My first was an ebay cheapie and it lasted 6 x 6 tyre inflations. The ABR Sidewinder tested well in a comparo a while back and that's what I use now.
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Reply By: Mick O - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 15:46

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 15:46
I've been using a cheaper 150lpm unit from this mob on ebay. Run two in the tuck truck and carry a third on the quad. Have been great units for the price and comparable to my Bushranger Pro but at only a third of the price!!!!

They are now producing this one which is a tad more heavy duty and puts out 160lpm at 150psi. Have heard good things about this particular model s far as sheer grunt is concerned. A mate just bought one this week so will have a look and blow up a big 35" for a test.

H/D Air Compressor

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Reply By: Peter T9 - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 16:02

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 16:02
I would strongly recommend against any ebay el cheapo unit unless you have a hand pump for a backup.

I bought one of the twin cylinder 150 l/minute units a few years ago and must admit that whilst it still works I have had to replace just about everything on it (air fittings) and it falls apart regularly.

The duty cycle is also very suspect as they get red hot and there is no pressure cut out meaning you have to switch off immediately when finished inflating.

Having seen the ARB one first hand I will be buying that next time, no way I would trust the el cheapo for a remote situation.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 20:25

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 20:25
Google search

Topic has been covered numerous times Johno. Try the Exploroz search facility or wack 'air compressor exploroz.com' into Google (no inverted comma) and you'll get a wealth of info.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 20:27

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 at 20:27
Woops. Link should be

Google search
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Reply By: Evan 1 - Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 16:18

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 at 16:18
I have an ABR MkII which has been very reliable

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