Air compressors what to buy

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 21:46
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Hi all I am looking at purchasing an air compressor have looked at big red blue tongue and others I would like to read your thoughts I don't know what to buy thanks in advance

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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:27

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:27

I hope otherwise I've fallen in love again... LOL

Just got one of the new in the box ARB one ,, like it works great fast neat but watch the fingers the connection get HOT.

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Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:44

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:44
Matt, I was in the4 same boat about 5 years ago. Bought a Big Red and apart from getting hot, I have no complaints.
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Reply By: Derek from Affordable Batteries & Radiators - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:44

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:44
If you are not in a hurry ask the same question in 2 months time. ;-)


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Reply By: Harry - Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:51

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:51
G'day Matt,
Yep Richards done the right thing as I now have the new ARB rip snorter. Fastest, smallest,large output, and best of all, made in OZ.
I previously had the old ARB, being reliable but a tad slow.
EG : Xmas trip came out of bush and pumped up 6 tyres from 25lbs to 45 in 6 mins. (all of them) I was impressed.
The price is the same as old model.
You will probably want their hose kit as well, although if you hunt around and check suppliers, you will save quite a few dollars there if you make up yourself. Make sure hose is long enough to get to a trailer as well. Ask for Cobra clips to clamp hoses.(At ENZED hoses store)
Good luck
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Reply By: Member - John W (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 00:36

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 00:36
Well on the weekend , was out beach driving with some others
and when it came time to fill up-out came my compressor 72L min,
by the time I had done 2 tyres,my mate who had an endless air style
a/c compr-(home made) filled his 4 tyres ,our other mates 4 tyres
and one of my front ones.with a casual grin towards me.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val W (ACT) - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 09:50

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 09:50

Grungle's post (below) gives a link to his excellent article on making a home made endless air setup. Anthing you (or your mate) would like to add to that? I'm interested in making one myself.


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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 06:07

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 06:07
Ive had a Maxair for a couple of years and it works well.
Takes about 12 mins to do 4 x 33 inch tyres after a beach run.
Its got s 5 year warranty but I doubt Ill need it.
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Reply By: Grungle - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 08:30

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 08:30

Seeing as you have a Patrol with a TD42, build an Endless Air. 10 times faster than anything else and can work out cheaper as well.

How to build an Endless Air

Easy to get parts for, can replace the whole compressor for $20-$50 if the old one packs it in, run air tools (with tank fitted), seat beads, inflate blowup boats, air matresses etc

You wont be disappointed.

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 14:44

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 14:44
Dave, i had alook at your Endless Air setup, well documented, really interested but i have the 2003 4.2 with the stupid long radiator, too much trouble but you can get a smaller sanden 05 model compressor so im still looking into it.. great concept.. Even better for an older vehicle without aircon, that would be a breeze!!! Michael
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Reply By: RobAck - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 15:23

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2008 at 15:23
We have the latest big red under the bonnet and it certainly works better than the one we have worn out. But we also carry one of the Bushrange Super Max compressors and it is excellent. We put it up against the latest from ARB during a recent training session and it one by a tyre. Very quick and it has proven highly reliable during very hot weather where the big red thermal cut out cut in and the bush ranger kept going. The air temperature on the day was in excess of 42C.

It is not cheap but I suggest you consider it as one of your options


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Follow Up By: pathfinder - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 13:29

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 13:29
I don't have either of those so have no vested interest in commenting. However, I'd be surprised if the Big Red beats the latest ARB compressor in general - unless the BR is a VERY recent model.

Don't forget that the power being supplied to the compressor is a big factor - you might have a better battery/alternator/wiring set-up than the vehicle that was running the ARB.


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