Blow up me tyres

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:36
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Hi All

I was looking at the Arb Compressors and also the Bushranger black Max. Both seamed to be pretty good.
Is either one better than the other.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:40

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:40
Check out the Boss Compressors... will outdo both those in nearly every way.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 08:36

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 08:36
I'll second the Boss, get them from

I've got the Big Pro 7, it is rated at 3 CFM. Leaves the others for dead and relatively cheap at around $350 inc 500mm braided hose and one way valve.
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:46

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:46
Hi Peter
Just received the latest 4wd Action issue no 131 mag in the mail today
and they have done a compressor comparison test on just about
every half decent brand available might worth a look.

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Follow Up By: curious - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 08:33

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 08:33
Also good in 4wd Action's comparison is compressor longevity (quality of design) and unit protection features (thermal overload). I liked their overall assessment about deciding how much use you'll give the compressor and using that as a starting point in your purchasing decision. I've read several good posts from EO users with excellent advice - worth searching thru the archives. - Peter
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:51

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:51
Have a look here

found this on Derek's site very useful. Overlander tested them all out


According to the testing the ARB unit is much quicker

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Reply By: ants_oz - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:55

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:55
I have had a portable ARB compressor (sold to a mate), an on-board ARB compressor (in my old Patrol to run the lockers) and have had a Bushranger Max Air for the last couple of years.

The Bushranger Max Air brings all 4 tyres (265/75R16 Mickey Thompson MTZ) from ~22PSI to 38PSI in the time it takes to have one smoke.

I'm happy enough with that.

That being said, I like the look of the specs for the ÄRB Sidewinder". Can't find any details about it on the ARB site though.

I reckon anything up to about $500 is okay money to spend, and whatever is the best unit you can buy for that money is the one to get. When treated kindly, they don't often fail, and plenty of people out there have the same compressor for years and years.
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Follow Up By: ants_oz - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:59

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 07:59
Of course I have just realised that it's an "ABR"sidewinder...not ARB....

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Reply By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:03

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 14:03
Hi Peter
I have always found the ARB compressor pretty slow, but very reliable, the good ones are all made in a couple of factories anyway. We have a Twin Tongue on board and when we did the comparing between models it was the fastest on the market, but that was a few years ago. With any compressor it is very important to have correct cable direct to your battery via a fuse off course, like mine it draws 32amps.
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Reply By: austastar - Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 17:53

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 at 17:53
I often wonder why a 50cc motor has not been used to power compressors. Cheap, portable, lots of grunt weight for weight.

On my 1975 BMW bike, I unscrew one spark plug, turn off the fuel, drop the carby bowl from which ever cylinder I am using as a compressor, screw in the threaded brass connector (with 1 way valve), connect other end of hose to tire valve and start the motor on the other cylinder.
Takes about 20 seconds to prepare.
Runs a bit rough, and only do it when hot.

350cc cylinder running at (say) 2000 rpm, compression on every 4th stroke, pumps a car tyre up from flat in about 15 seconds.

Beats any hand pump I could carry.

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