Air Compressors

Submitted: Monday, Mar 11, 2002 at 01:00
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I am looking to purchase a 12 volt air compressor and was wondering if anybody has any experiences good or bad that may assist me in finding a suitable unit. I am looking for a unit that can handle 2 4WD's taking the pressures up from 15 to 35psi after beach driving. I have considered the Big Red and ARB units but there are a few conflicting reports on which is the most capable unit of the two.

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Reply By: Keith - Monday, Mar 11, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Mar 11, 2002 at 01:00
Check out the compressor comparison in the June 2001 Australian 4x4 monthly.
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Reply By: Tim - Monday, Mar 11, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Mar 11, 2002 at 01:00
I have a Big Red and can tell you that I have had no problems with it, its quick, and would recomend it without hesitation.... connect to battery terminals with proper clips..

Tim
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Reply By: DennisN - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2002 at 01:00
I have a Blue Tongue from Opposite Lock. It works well, as I am sure they all do. I dont think there is much between them in the long run. I am told the Blue tongue is the best for continuous use - how true that is I dont know. I guess it will come down to your individual choice and needs

enjoy the bush!!!
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Reply By: Bob - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2002 at 01:00
Thats a lot of air and will take quite a while using the standard units you mention. If you are doing this regularly I'd look at either a twin unit (Twin tongue?)or a unit for each vehicle. I have an ARB and no trouble with it. It gets pretty hot after doing four tyres though!
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Reply By: All Terrain 4WD Adventures - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
I have a excel spreadsheet which details all my research on compressors, if you would like it let me know and I will send to you.

Stuart
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Follow Up By: Mark - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
Stuart,

That would be great thanks. Please send to wortho@optushome.com.au
Cheers
Mark

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Follow Up By: Geoff - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
Hi Stuart,
I too would love to have a look at your research as I'm in the same boat.

Geoff
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Follow Up By: Geoff - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
My e-mail is thewayes@iprimus.com.au
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Follow Up By: Joe - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
Stuart,

I would also love to benefit from your research.

Could you mail a copy of the spreadsheet to Joe@JoeMcDermott.com

Thanks

Joe
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Follow Up By: Charl - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
ooops. makssi@bigpond.com thanks stuart
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Follow Up By: Don - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
Stuart, I am also looking for a 12v air compressor and would appreciate a copy of your comparison spreadsheet. My address is thomasdw@bigpond.com.au
Thanks for your help. Don.
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Follow Up By: Mark - Thursday, Mar 14, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Mar 14, 2002 at 01:00
Stuart,

Thanks for the spreadsheet it really helped in making a final decision and I ended up going with the ARB RDCP deluxe. I picked one up at the Syndey 4x4 show tonight for $320 without the gauge as I have one. Thanks also to all the others who responded to my question. Looks like your spreadsheet has become quite popular !!
Cheers
Mark
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Follow Up By: Donald Dasher - Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00
Stuart
Anything to help to make an informed Descision
donalddasher@yahoo.com
cheers
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Follow Up By: Drew Arthur - Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00
Stuart
Could you forward me your Spreadsheet also....thanks
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Follow Up By: Drew Arthur - Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Mar 16, 2002 at 01:00
oops...drew@micronet.com.au
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Follow Up By: Mark - Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00
Me Too! cullenmarkd@hotmail.com
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Follow Up By: Michael Sheehan - Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00
Hi Stuart,I am in the market for a 4WD compressor and am totally babboozled. I intended to purchase one at the Caravan and Campervan Show. Can I please have a copy of your spreadsheet.
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00
man, this has got some milage, I would also appreciate a spreadsheet, as I wan't to buy one b4 going to the cape this june. Regards.
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Follow Up By: Kel West - Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00
I would love a copy of the excel spreadsheet too if you still have a copy. Cheers
Kel

krbwest@yahoo.com
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Follow Up By: Ray Kearney - Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 01, 2002 at 00:00
Hi,

Could I have a copy of your compressor research.

Many Thanks
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Reply By: charl - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
we got something going here. makssi@bigpond.com thanks stuart.
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Follow Up By: Gavin Hall - Thursday, Mar 28, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Mar 28, 2002 at 01:00
Me to thanks Mine is about to shi? it self
Thanks
Fish
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Reply By: Ken - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:00
I recently purchesed a Hurricane 3 as a unit to put in a second 4wd and at $135 was pleasantly surprised by the performance.The tyre inflateing performance is equall to my Blue Tounge 3!I cant comment on the longevity of the unit but with a 12 month guarantee it has to be good value. Regards Ken.
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Follow Up By: Nico - Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00

Monday, Mar 18, 2002 at 01:00
ken

i am looking at purchaseing a compressor for around that amount as i dont go offroad heaps
do you know who sells the hurricane in melb

thanks

nico
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Follow Up By: Ken - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2002 at 01:00
Nico.I think the hurricane3 should be available from most accesory shops. Since purchasing mine I have seen the same compressor sold under different names.eg WTD. from Auto One shops Regards Ken.
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Reply By: All Terrain 4WD Adventures - Thursday, Mar 14, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Mar 14, 2002 at 01:00
Mark,

I am glad I could assist in making your decision clearer, its funny that when you place this info side by side it is very easy to see what may be the best way to go for your own setup. On another note I heard the 4x4 Show wasn't much chop, is this correct have we seen better shows in years gone past.

Stuart.
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Follow Up By: Mark - Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00
Stuart,
The show was ok but probably geared more towards the fisherman. Never the less we managed to spend 3 hours rushing around and felt that we had not seen it all. It was good to go on the first night being a weekday as it was not too busy and lots of oportunity to speak to the vendors on matters of interest. The Rosehill show is probably a better show for the 4x4 enthusiast. I've only been to one National 4X4 show before but I prefer the new location at Darling Harbour as theres plenty to do afterwards (hic!)
Cheers
Mark

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Reply By: Weddy - Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00
Mark, I have ahad a Big Red air compressor for six years, and although I haven't really tested it in severe conditions (four or more tyres in 40c+ heat) it has done the job without faltering.
However, in a price to performance ratio I consider this unit, and its peers, to be pathetic. While the units do a reasonable job, they are grossly overpriced for the performance they deliver.
By comparison with budget type inflators, the Big Red is four times as good, but twenty times the price.
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Follow Up By: Dennisn - Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00
Weddy, I agree with you 100%. As I said earlier in this thread I am more than happy with my Blue Tongue, and I see others are happy with similar brands as well. It's just the price. It is not pathetic, it is BLOODY PATHETIC. I hope some of the 4WD suppliers read these posts [TJM,ARB, Opposite Lock etc.] We, the 4WD public who keep you in business, are sick of your greed. Give the 4WD public better prices and you might actually sell MORE products.
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Follow Up By: Mark - Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Mar 15, 2002 at 01:00
Weddy,
Yeah there not cheap, but what is these days I paid close to the amount I payed for the ARB unit for a pair of runners the other day. I guess its like anything else if theres a big market then the price with drop with demand, but how many of your friends etc are in the market for a trye compressor !!
Don't get me wrong I wish they were giving them away, but when you compare with other items that we seem to pay exorbitant amounts for they don't seem that overpriced at all. Have you priced up the replacement cost for a starter motor or alternator these days!
I suppose what hurts is its one of those items that you seldom use but is nice to have and ocaasionally you don't want to be without!!
Cheers
Mark
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Reply By: All Terrain 4WD Adventures - Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Mar 17, 2002 at 01:00
To All,

I can see people are not so impressed to what is offered on the 4WD market in the way of compressors and I agree. I have been searching the globe for alternatives and have recently located a US company who has a good offering with faster fill rates than whats is offered in Oz at the moment. I am waiting on surface mail at the moment with price lists etc. I will let you all know of the outcome.

Also bear in mind the reason allot of these units have limited life is that they are oil less.

Stuart.
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Reply By: Rod - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2002 at 01:00

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2002 at 01:00
I'd also be most grateful if you could forward me your spreadsheet of comparisons. I've had difficulty accepting the $$$$ high cost for hardly flattering performance- so am inclined to consider something a little less expensive provided it will reliably do the job, all beit a little slower!

email to rkharper@webone.com.au.

thanks in advance

Rod
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Reply By: Goran - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2002 at 00:00
Good luck with your air compressors boys, i had enough of waiting for the bloody things to pump my tyres.I am currently running 3.5kg liquid CO2 bottle that is capable of pumping 26 265-75-r16's before refilling.Time for inflation per tyre (0-30psi)is 10 seconds
there
eat my shorts.....:-)
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Reply By: derek - Tuesday, Apr 02, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Apr 02, 2002 at 00:00
Hi,

I would also appreciate if you could send me a copy of the spreadsheet jenkins_derek@hotmail.com. Thanks
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Reply By: The MALS- Sunday, Apr 14, 2002 at 00:00

Sunday, Apr 14, 2002 at 00:00
We too are in the market for a compressor-can we please have a copy of the spread sheet?
christhornton_2002@hotmail.com
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