Air Compressors

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 21:51
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G'day folks.

Been so long since i have been on here that my account was no longer active!

Anyway, i am after a good quality air compressor. I do have a budget but i also dont mind spending a bit extra on quality.

Can anyone point me in the right direction to a comparison on this site?

Alternativly what are peoples thoughts.

Cheers

RR
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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:14

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:14
Bush Ranger Max Air mate - right up there in the performance stakes, and comes with a five year warranty
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:45

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:45
I had a good look at one of these in the 4WD shop the other day and I reckon they're a dead knock off of the Chinese one I paid about $50 for.

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:49

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:49
A comparison of the Maxair & the cheap copy was done a while back, the later putting out about 85% of the air volume of the real one. Still quite respectable but there was some question as to the quality of the piston rings & how long they would last as obviously they are not identical. I bought the old man a cheap ebay one is still working well after 6 years with light occational use but probably not the model I'd recommend if you were relying on it in the outback.
Quite a few friends in 4x4 club went with the Maxair & none have used the warrenty to my knowledge. One downside is both are not continuously rated so long use must be avoided.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 07:06

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 07:06
Bob - yep, one is a dead knock off of the other - but I think you'll find that the Max Air is the original - but beside the point, the cheap one doesn't have the warranty. I bought a cheap one at the same time as Craig - lasted 12 months.
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Follow Up By: Mr Pointyhead - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 07:33

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 07:33
The Bushranger compressors are manufactured by a company calledviair. The only similarity between the cheap knock-offs and a viair compressor is the physical appearance. Internally they are very different.

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Follow Up By: Mr Pointyhead - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 07:33

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 07:33
Viair link is www.viaircorp.com
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Reply By: apwaddo - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:24

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 22:24
ABR - Derek Bester - best value on the market - and amongst the best performer.
Find his contact details on here somewhere
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Follow Up By: Member - The Bushwhackers -NSW - Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:55

Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 23:55
I have one of Derek's. Good bit of gear, right price and service.

Cheers, Dave
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Reply By: Member - TonBon (NSW) - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 05:16

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 05:16
Another vote for the Bushranger Max Air II.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 06:47

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 06:47
Yep ditto. Had mine for 5 years now and it's the second busiest item of kit on any trip (first is me LOL). Brother has had his doing farm work (Tractor tyres) for 6 years now and all good.

4x4 Action did an impressive product comparison in their magazine some time back with a wide range of compressors (they tested a huge number). Results were interesting. Airmax came out well.

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Reply By: RedStripes - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 09:30

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 09:30
Mate if you want something with quality that is light to carry and easily transportable look at these aluminium ones. Best bang for your buck. I have one and the best things about them is how light they are. Trust me, you'll know the difference. A link is here
http://www.sydneytools.com.au/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=8497&cat=Aluminium+%26+Silenced+Air+Compressors
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Reply By: bomnnat - Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 17:41

Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 17:41
Another vote for the Max Air five years and still going strong.
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 13, 2010 at 15:40

Saturday, Mar 13, 2010 at 15:40
From the January 2009 Overlander test

The best 12volt compressors were (I have not listed those that take longer than 4 minutes for 0 psi to 35 psi)

1 = ABR Sidewinder
2 = Bushranger Super Max
3 = ARB CKMP12 (in a case not locker unit)
4 = Projecta Typhoon
5 = Twin Tongue
6 = Bushranger Max Air 11
7 = Bushranger Auto Max


All do 0 psi to 35 psi on a 33" between 2' 20" to 3' 20"
and 20 psi to 25 psi on a 33" between 1' 20" to 1' 40"

For full report click here

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