best 12volt air compressor for reliability

Submitted: Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:00
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Gidday again
Any comments on what is a very reliable (or what to stay away from) 12volt air compressor?
I feel its pretty important bit of gear that could be a big issue if need very low PSI way out bush and the think packed it in.
Its getting harder to know what is genuine quality brands / design etc with all the imported that is made to look like the real thing.
Regards GN
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Reply By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:11

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:11
Bought an ARB portable one about 1996ish and it is still going strong. Cost about $350 I think.
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:16

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:16
Hi AJB
thanks for that, i know that one and they are the real thing i think, but i also think they are made differently now?
Not sure if chineese?
Regards GN
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Follow Up By: Member - AJB (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:23

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 20:23
Probably are chinese now but dunno. Everything is isn't it?
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Follow Up By: wdric - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 00:52

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 00:52
If you happen to be in Melbourne and can visit the Kilsyth factory, mention that you think their compressors are made in china.
I reckon you will get the quickest tour of the factory to show you that guys like you and me make them
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Reply By: porl - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:15

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:15
bought a blue tongue in 2002 for $375 and it died in 2006 with quite little use, sent back to repairer in sydney and have i heard back? no. I was told it would outlive me and was repairable. yeah whatever. bought a tjm unit a few months ago in despair, this time half the price.
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:27

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:27
Thanks porl
this is good info.
I kind of had blue tounge in mind for no good reason, i recon probably due to the adverising hit??? (shame on me)
GN
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Follow Up By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:50

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:50
one instance is not really fair on the bluetongue..........I have 2 of their twin tongues and one single........have proved very reliable for me.

Cheap and nasty is Ok if your near help or town........to my way of thinking what price is too dear when your on your own and remote?........in fact in those cases you should never be out there with only one compressor........
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:57

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:57
Hi bunga
i agree but unfortunatly iit hard enough to cary what we need, if we take 2 of each then we will need a 4WD truck!!!!
Regards GN
ps you are right on the one example not enough but how many have read this so far that have a blue tounge? 10? oe less so its not so good i guess.????
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Follow Up By: porl - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:02

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:02
true, i have posted this before and all the replies were i got a lemon and everyone else's lasted a decade and still going. Though I am still bitter it never came back ... though whether it was the sydney operation or the brissie store I'll never know about that one. That said I'll probably get a call next week that's it's back or something, but sheesh, 18 months later if it happens ...
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:26

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:26
G'day, the comp boys use these, swear by them. Good price too.

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/BOSS-Air-Compressor-Toyota-Landcruiser-70-75-79-80-100_W0QQitemZ200205318132QQihZ010QQcategoryZ30862QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:03

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:03
Hi John
thanks for info
sounds like they are goers from my little search just then. High volume and PSI ! but are they long term reliable?
Regards GN
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Follow Up By: Skinnydog - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 03:24

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 03:24
Have had the Boss air comp. for nearly three years now and live in the pilbara where it gets somewhat warm. They sell all the spares you might need at what I think are really good prices. The comp hasn't missed a beat even when Iv'e done three cars in a row on 40+ days. Iv'e also got a twin head bushranger copy as back up but will get another Boss ,as it used to cut out on the hot days.
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:24

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:24
My ARB has worked perfectly for 2 years. It can pump 4 tyres from 20-40psi well. It does get hot (you would expect that) but hasn't failed. They can be taken apart and repaired if needed, and ARB has an excellent record when it comes to honouring their warranties. I do recommend them.

From the stories I have heard it is a matter of going for quality and ignoring everything else.

Barnesy
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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:37

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:37
HI GN,

My truck had a Thomas Dynavac fitted to it when I got it. It looks to be yonks old but still works well.
I just looked up Dynavac on the net - they specialise in many engineering products including automative and agricultural. They still list the 12v compressor on their web page (under automotive) but not sure if its available in regular shops. But they also sell a lot of agricultural machinery using compressors (seeders etc) so their compressor technology should be pretty good. Anyway if you want to check them out their head office is in Seven Hills according to their web page.
Cheers,
Glen
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:51

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:51
Ta saharaman
sounds good, i like agricultural (although we will soon have no food grown in Aussie if the gov keeps up its policy on "fair" trade, hope most like to eat residues of ??????? (sorry bit of a sore point))
Will check out unit as it has merit they have to produce high quality
regards
GN
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:37

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:37
GN, from the ebay page, "The biggest customer base is the sports cars with active air suspension and the Grande BOSS works all of the time, stopping and starting maybe 200 times a day. The 4WD guys would not do that in 6 months, so there is no doubt that this unit is well beyond the call of duty in off road applications." Seems to be reliable, lol
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:47

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:47
Good piont of though, thanks John
Only other negative i read was bulky?
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:58

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:58
i've got a bushranger maxair II compressor, on several occassions we have pumped up more then one vehicle in a row with it and not had a problem. up the cape at pennefeather river we reinflated 3 fourbies tyres in a row, so thats obviously 12 tyres back up to road pressures from soft sand driving pressures one vehicle after the other without a break to let it cool down. on another occasion have reinflated 2 fourbies both towing caravans tyres back up to road pressures after sand driving on fraser, so that's 12 tyres again without stopping to let it cool down. don't know how much they sell for these days but i got mine for $175 at a caravan show in brisbane, think they retailed for nearly $400 though.
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 10:34

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 10:34
Yep, Bushranger MaxAir for me too. I've had mine for 5 years and it is permanently plumbed up to an air receiver tank with hoses going all over the bloody place (air locker, air horns, Ryco outlets front and rear etc). It works everytime I drive the truck and maintains the pressure in the tank via an ARB pressure cut-off switch and a check valve. Great compressor. I have bought a clone of the same compressor, but tend to just leave it in the garage for pumping up the boys' bike tyres and footys/basketballs etc. It seems to works just as well, but I don't know if it will last the distance like the real thing.

If it ever does die, I'll be getting one of those Grand Boss suckers!
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 10:36

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 10:36
By the way, my first compressor is still going strong; but is a bit too slow for my liking. It is one of those original ARB jobbies; the one with the machined stainless steel air tank attached.

It's for sale if anybody wants it for $80- plus postage.
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Follow Up By: Member - G N (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 12:12

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 12:12
Hi Roachie
thanks for info
just wondering what tray length you have on your rig set up?
GN
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:15

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 17:15
G'day GN.... It's 1.2 long and 1.8 wide.....
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Reply By: Member - Howard P (WA) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:59

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 23:59
Hi GN
I purchased an ARB compressor some 5 years ago, still going strong. I think it might be a bit slower than some other brands, but it had no trouble pumping up 12 tyres without a break in 46 deg C temps up in the north of W.A. These compressors can also be fully rebuilt if needed. Apparently a good rule to go by when buying a compressor is - short battery leads, long air hose. As the longer the battery leads the more voltage drop you get.
Howard.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 00:46

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 00:46
Truck air best cheapy on the market will go foerever
My blue tongue (second hand) crapped itself so i pulled out the backup TA I bought in 2001 and was my frontline till 05and has done nothing for 4 years it fired into life and worked better than ever (slow) while i stripped and repaired the bluetongue
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Reply By: wheeler - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 06:56

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 06:56
The old ARB compressors were solid reliable units. Not neccessarily the fastest, but they did the job. The new just released ARB compressor has been totally redesigned. They are simply brilliant. I just used a friends and couldnt believe how much faster it was compared to my old one. They are made in australia and very good quality. I hope my old one fails soon, so I can buy a new one. :-)
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Reply By: DIO - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:58

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:58
Probably not the answer you are seeking, but I bought one (a cheapie <$20.00) from Big W about 30 yrs ago. Still going strong - never missed a beat. Goes to show that you don't have to spend a lot of money - just have a little bit of luck.
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Reply By: Member - G N (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 12:03

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 12:03
Thanks for all the input.
Sound like most are pretty reliable.
I do like the sound of the "dynavac" possibly???
Kind Regards
GN
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 18:13

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 18:13
There is an ARB older style under the bonnet of Moses and it was great to have it directly wired in. The next one I have with Kath will plug into an Anderson plug front and rear.

The High Output ARB had a good rap in one of the 4by mags a couple of months ago and I have my eye on one of those but the bigger Bushranger looks the goods too, also under the name of Viair 440 in the US.
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Reply By: Member - graeme W (WA) - Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 11:55

Sunday, Mar 16, 2008 at 11:55
Have the original thomas,the brass coloured one not painted and use it on average 12 times a year and it must be close to 15 years old now.Wired under the bonet of 3 4 wheel drives and still pumps from 14 psi to 35 psi in 2 mins 40 secs.Have your comp wired to the starter battery so at night with all your lights on etc you can be sure its running off the alternator.

regards Graeme.
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Reply By: Anglo - Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 13:24

Monday, Mar 17, 2008 at 13:24
TJM now have a 5 year Oz-wide warranty on their Ox compressor (have just had one fitted), so they must be pretty confident about its longevity, and even if it stuffs up then you should be able to get it repaired by them. Of course that's not much use if you're stuck with soft tyres and its not working, but that's what a spare compressor is for...

Cheers,

Chris
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