Portable Air Compressor

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:14
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Hi Guys, looking at buying a portable air compressor, but can't decide on a brand. Purchased a cheap one sometime ago, not good. You get what you pay for I suppose. I was leaning towards an ARB unit priced around the $340 but have been told that they have some reliability issue. Anyone had any issues here, or maybe offer another option.

Cheers Dave
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Reply By: vk1dx - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:29

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:29
We have an ARB one in the engine bay and no troubles hwith it.

Does it have to be portable? If not put it in the engine baywith an old plastic prescriptions bottle over the outlet.

Phil
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Reply By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:36

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:36
Hi David,

got an under bonnet ARB commpressor and a portable one that is mounted in a fishing tackle type box that I store in the side panel inside my draw system above the wheel arch.
Have been using these for 2 yrs, and very happy with no problems to date!

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Follow Up By: Member - David C2 (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:40

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:40
Thanks Guys, I think that a portable one is the go at the moment, I can always mount it if I install an air locker in the future.

Cheers Dave
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 13:13

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 13:13
David,

I have used cheap and some expensive compressors, I now have an ARB and wished I had bought one years ago.

I had the choice of the portable ARB unit but went for the mountable one as it has a slightly larger reciever that the portable unit.

ABR Sidewinder came up good in the Overlander test

The full resluts can be seen on the ABR web site click here, along with the test data.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 13:22

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 13:22
I was confused there for a second, until i realised you meant ABR not ARB. ;)

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 14:03

Thursday, Apr 22, 2010 at 14:03
Andrew,

Easily done, ARB and ABR can confuse.

Just to clarify I have the A R B compressor CKMA12 which I have mounted in the rear of my 100.
not the one in a case
(Note the case unit has a smaller reciever silver tube at the top) The ARB compressor runs with a pressure switch set at 100psi, also the hose is airtight until conected to the valve giving an initial burst of air at 100psi.
Although it does not hold a great amount of air it seems to be enought to re-seat tyre beads after repairs.

The Overlander compressor results chart is on the A B R Sidewinder web site, they also make a decent compressor which rated high on the test.


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Follow Up By: Member - David C2 (VIC) - Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 13:22

Friday, Apr 23, 2010 at 13:22
Thanks again guys for your input, I have purchased an ARB portable unit, just need to get out there now and use it.

Cheers
Dave
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