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Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 13:52
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I just went to buy an ARB air compressor and the bloke at the shop
said the Max Air from bush ranger.
looked them up on the internet (I know the ARB is a good pump about six of my mates have them)Ive got a hurricane but it cuts out after three tyres on hot days .
The Max Air is 50 litres a min the ARB is 25 litres a min but dont know if the Max Air is repairable...can any one help
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Reply By: Member - Peter (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 14:38

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 14:38
Hi , Others may disagree with my comment but this is only my experiance I had a bushranger that let me down on the track ,burnt fuses , I chucked it in the bin ,and went for OPP LOCK blue tonge I would never go cheap again, my life or other may depend on it one dayBorn to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard

Peter York 4x4

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Reply By: Drew - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 14:48

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 14:48
I went through the same thing and the new maxair from Bushranger is definitely not cheap but appears to be a well made product. They also have warranty.
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Reply By: Allyn (Pilbara) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 15:11

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 15:11
I haven't heard one single bad report about ARB, Opposite Lock Blue Tongue or any of the other top of the range compressors. I personally have Series 1 from 4WD Systems that is fitted under my bonnet and that has never failed me either.
If the budget permits I would go for something more substantial and reputed.Do or Do Not - there is no try !
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:02

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:02
I havent had any trouble with the ARB compressor itself but have had the pressure cut out switch on it fail in the closed circuit position.

Usually not be a problem but if using the air locker with it can blow the diff seals costing $$$

I fitted a pressure blow off valve to prevent any damage if the new switch happens to fail.

Kev.
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Reply By: chopper - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 16:39

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 16:39
I'm trialling an OX compressor at the moment, bloody sensational.

I pumped up 12 tyres 31x10.5 from 20 psi back to 34 the other day in a little over 10 minutes, didn't have to turn the compressor off, and that time includes checking and partialy deflating on a couple of occasions.

I've had cheap ones and a hurricane, they were good, but this one is bloody fantastic.

chopper
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Follow Up By: crfan - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 16:51

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 16:51
Were do you get them how much are they and who makes them
I have swung back towards the ARB but the Max Air is twice the flow rate. Just dont know the product.
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:03

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 17:03
TJM !
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Reply By: Johnad - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 18:29

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 18:29
I did lots of research when purchasing my compressor. I finally chose the Big Red, as the price was good. It also has good write ups in the off road mags. I would only purchase either the Big Red, Blue Tongue or if budget permits, the Twin Tongue. So far, ive had no problems with the big red and the quality of the cables and hose seem superior.

John
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Reply By: duncs - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 19:56

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 19:56
If you ever think you might want dif locks then the ARB is the way to go as it has a reservoir which you need to operate the air lockers. The other thing to consider is tyre changes because the ARB is already fitted with a pressure cut out switch you can easily add a large reservoire which can be pumped up before you need the air and then dumped quickley to aid reseating a bead.

Whatever you do buy quality.
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Reply By: Mark - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 20:34

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 20:34
Bought an ARB 2 years ago, came with a comprehensive parts list. Hope I don't need it but nice to know the parts are available in Oz if I do.
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 21:50

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 21:50
crfan,,,,,,,

The figures you quoted are very impressive,,,,,,, BUT... What are the figures when measured at 25psi ???....
I am sure that will change things a little,, and if it doesnt,, i will go and buy one tomorrow...

Remember that the longest wait and the most load is on the compressor after the tyres reach 25psi and up......

If they are quoting flow rates at no load.... then forget it.......

Regards........._____________________________________________

Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*

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Follow Up By: crfan - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 10:28

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003 at 10:28
The figures are 75 litres a min unloaded 50 litres pumping.
I bought the Max Air and have fitted a cut out switch off a ARB pump
and run it in to a tank.
with the tank full pumped up a 16x265x75 tyre from 15.5 psi to 37.5
in two mins.(it will be slower for the rest around 2.4 mins is there quote for 15 to 30) but i will do more testing today and wire it up into the cab so i can turn it on on the move...)
thanks everyone for your input...
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Reply By: Member - diamond(bendigo) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 23:22

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 23:22
4x4 mag done a compressor test last year and bushranger come out 2nd i use a repco compresor same as smaller bushranger/super cheap ect.but i mounted it in the engine bay cutting power leads down to minimum size and dont have a problem.sure it gets a little hot but hasnt stopped working yet.if your going to use a compressor all the time wich i dont think most people do for the money give it a go.i might let my tyres down half a dozen times a year so my cheap $99 compressor is perfect for what i need .if you do lots of pressure changing then it might be worth looking at an arb/blue tounge ect.and truckster(im only joking)4x4 didnt give one away to subsribers lol looking foward to easter at jamieson
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Follow Up By: Member - diamond(bendigo) - Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 23:26

Tuesday, Apr 08, 2003 at 23:26
was also going to say we had a flat tyre on the camper 30/9.5/15 had about 15 psi hooked up compressor came in side made a smoke went to the toilet when i got back out side to take the compressor of it had 50 psi so there not to slow and only $99 looking foward to easter at jamieson
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