Heavy duty air compressor

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 12:58
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Can anyone advise on a good quality portable air compressor that doesn't take forever to pump tyres up once you are out of the sand ?
Bought one off ebay that supposedly does 75litres per min & was suppose to inflate from 15psi to 32psi in one minute- after 15mins & 2.5 tyres later it was too hot & shut itself down.

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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 13:14

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 13:14
Hi Elizabeth ,
I bought my off eBay,$74.00+$19.00 postage, it was 150 liters per minute. Just like this one but a different seller
Pumps my Desert Duelers 31x10.5x15 up to 44psi in just under 4 minutes for each Tyre, I do give it a bit of a break between tyres.
Owned it for 18 months now and use it all the time. It's actually the same as the one Supercheap were selling awhile back for $225.00, just had different packaging.
I looked at the smaller ones, but decided to get the bigger one.
Sorry to hear you've had trouble with it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 13:24

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 13:24
Jon

$74.00+$19.00 postage....they seen you coming :-)))
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 13:51

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 13:51
Mine was $35 + $5 postage

Looks like this


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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:09

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:09
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Follow Up By: Fatso - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 15:47

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 15:47
Nice pump Bon
I use a similar one on my 700 x 19 pushbike tyres
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 16:09

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 16:09
Hi Jon.

Good to see you & Mark survived new years eve LOL.
I notice that the Mann river is finally dropping.Maybe it is time to return & finish our holidays.
Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 07:58

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 07:58
I use one of those for my air bags. Its quick and easy.
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:48

Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 21:48
I have the same one ... 3 years later -- still going strong ... Name brand one lasted just out of warranty --- now in bin ...

mine does 6 tires -- 4 on the Nissan - 2 on the Jayco --- from 15 psi to 40 in middle of summer -- no probs

you get what you pay for , everyone says .. yup for my $70 i got a pump that lasted longer than a $400 one - i certainly got what i paid for ... a pump that pumps tires at a reasonable price ...

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:30

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:30
Hi Elizabeth,

You would find it hard to go past the ARB compressor.
Available all over Australia, has Country wide product support through their stores and just happens to rate as one of the best compressors available for a reasonable price.

If you desire portability they are available in a carry case which you can move from vehicle to vehicle.

I actually have a Big Red compressor that has given me reliability over many years, but if I needed to replace it, the ARB Compressor is the one I would buy today.

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:37

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:37
Just some additional info for reference.

Compressors like the ARB and Big Red are rated for heavy duty use.
They have thermal overload protection but rarely get hot enough for it to cut in.

The only thing you need to watch is the air fitting that attaches to the pump end gets quite hot due to the airflow passing through it. This is similar for any high volume air compressor. If needing to disconnect air hose from the Compressor, either wait a couple of minutes, or use a rag (or similar) to disconnect the spring loaded connector.


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Follow Up By: Member - OzGazza (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:54

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 14:54
I have the new ARB high Capacity compressor. Heaps better than their previous unit. About twice as fast. And a longer duty cycle.
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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 15:06

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 15:06
Hi Elizabeth

I guess air compressors are like most other things.....you get what you pay for..there are some good copies out there and good value...and some like you appear to have purchased.....toys and unrelaible

What I would say to you is if you are looking for a compressor to pump up your tyres after beach / sand work and it is not a life threating situation if it stops working...then keep bying cheap....you next cheapie may last you for a long time and be reliable

if your compressor MUST work because of the situation you are in (remote or on your own etc) then I would suggest you talk to a reputable 4WD accessory place and look at the range they have available and be prepared to spend a couple of $ more than you were considering prior to your post

nothing wrong with ebay if you are bying a brand name ....that just comes down to price...but making a decision from pretty pictures and unsubstantiated claims of performance from an unkown brand is risky

.....of course there is no guarantee the extra $ = extra quality and therefore reliability.......but sticking with a reputable reseller and brand name reduces your risk considerably.......

we always carry 2 compressors when travelling remotely (both good quality ones and not cheap) but I still dont trust just to one when it MUST work just in case





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Reply By: Member - Keith C (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 15:47

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 15:47
Have a look at the ABR Sidewinder site.I have one of Derek's,fast and efficent,and comes with a carry bag.
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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 16:09

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 16:09
Looks the goods Keith,
And not a bad price either.

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 16:21

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 16:21
I'm still using the Mark 1 ARB compressor after quite some years - have used it quite a bit in the bush on hot days - while it gets as hot as hell and doesn't have a thermal cutout, it has never seized - just keeps purring away - would not hesistate to go same brand again if this one karks it at some stage. Can't recall the inflation times etc. but the ARB site has the figures as I recall.
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Reply By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 17:33

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 17:33
Hi Elizabeth

I bought mine from Derek (ABR-Sidewinder), an advertiser on this site, and a damn good bloke to ask advice from. I finally had the need to use it during the Christmas break, playing in the mud. Tyres back up from 15psi to 40 psi = 1min 48 sec. Tyres are 265/75.

I think the pump is rated at 170 l/min, not sure exactly, (about $200 inc postage for EO members, his site is worth a look, and you will get good advice if you ask a question or two. Good luck

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Reply By: BluePrint Industries Pty Ltd - Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 20:35

Saturday, Jan 02, 2010 at 20:35
Hi Elizabeth,

A couple of quick points. Compressors are rated Free to Air. So your 75LPM would actually push about 25 - 30 LPM under load.

What size are your tyres?

These typically have a single 40mm.

The 150LPM twins only push about 35 - 50LPM under load.

These typically have two 40mm cylinders.

The fact that the one you bought of ebay actually shut itself down is a good sign, as many of the compressors on the market say they have thermal cut-out protection on the sticker on the unit and in the instructions, we have pulled a lot of failed units apart for customers only to find that it didn't have a thermal cut out.

There are a myriad of brands on the market (ours including) essentially they will mostly be made in China or Korea.

We do a 72LPM that pushes about 33LPM and will normally do 4 standard (skinny) 4x4 tyres no problems. We have also done a twin 150LPM unit pushing about 45LPM under load. What we found over the past 2 or 3 years with the twins is that heat was a big problem and we went through a heap of modifications with them trying to beat the heat issues and although we were reasonably successful we have since discontinued the twin 150LPM units as a mainstream compressor and replaced them with our new Airdevil BP160A units which are a 60mm Cylinder instead of the 40mm on the more generic units.

The BP160A pushes about 75LPM under load and is rated at 160LPM Free to air. It does have a Thermal cut out and with the testing we have one we have found that we can normally do all four tyres and often another cars 4 tyres before the thermal cutout turns it off.

We do have a special on these for the Forum at the moment.

Drop me an email if you would like some more information please drop me an email.

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Kurk


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Reply By: 70amcjavelinsst - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 11:32

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 11:32
Hi Elizabeth,

Seeing you are in WA, I got mine from A Dirty 4x4 in Malaga - it is a double piston job, min 150L/min cant recall, leads that clip to the battery. Has done a pretty good job for me, it was somewhere like mid 200's from memory - but give them a call and have a chat. Due to work times, I ended up teeing up with them when they would be kicking around there on a weekend to see if I could pop in and buy one - so made it easy to do.

Have a good one Elizabeth

Cheers

Graeme
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Reply By: Member - Flynnie (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 21:34

Tuesday, Jan 05, 2010 at 21:34
I have an ARB portable bought about July last year. It works well. Have not used anything else so can't rate it versus others. It does the job very well.

Speed ? well it puts the air back in tyres in less time than it took me to deflate them.

It has not shut itself down so far. Very happy with it.

Flynnie
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