Air Compressors

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 20:22
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Need Advise on Air Compressors, Going to Central Aust. in April have a small air compressor not good enough looking for advise on something more substanal. Have research looking at Ironman surflow 160psi, has anyone had any ideas on what air compresser or if anyone has had experience with the ironman.

Thanks for your help.
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Reply By: uncle - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 20:40

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 20:40
Hi there Allan,

I've had one of these since 2006 and never had an issue with it, a great performer. there are plenty on the market it's just best to choose one that suits your needs.

cheers Unc
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 20:49

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 20:49
another vote for the Maxair II, myself and 3 other mates have one and none of us are yet to have an issue with them. one compressor will easily pump up 2 vehicles (285/75/16 tyre size from sand pressure to road pressure) aswell as 2 caravans one straight after the other without cutting out due to overheating, they are a tough unit.
best part was i got mine for $150 at a 4wd show about 5 years ago.
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Follow Up By: uncle - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:00

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:00
What sold me too Rumpig, was the 5 yr warranty!!!

cheers Unc
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Follow Up By: ross - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 17:54

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 17:54
I think my Maxair must 6-7 years old now and never missed a beat.It still pumps up 4 big tyres after coming off the beach at about 3 mins per tyre and has never varied.
It is the best piece of 4wd kit Ive ever purchased.
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Reply By: Dreadnought - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 20:57

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 20:57
Personally, I believe you get what you pay for. Cheap chinese copies will do the trick in the short term but will more than likely let you down when you need it most. Pay decent money once for a decent compressor....ARB, Bushranger, Bluetongue etc will all do a good job and will generally last for years. They will all have different inflation rates but at the end of the day, as long as they DO the job is the main thing.........
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:04

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:04
I have an ARB unit fitted in my unit coupled to an under tray 10 litre tank, have found it to be quite good with both the effectiveness of having a 'volume' of air available, and also a good 'duty cycle' too match.
Last year's trip up the canning turned me to that unit from one of my travelling companions.
After stopping to "wind up" the tyres his unit did 8 x large tyres in the same time it took the 3rd vehicle to do 4 small ones using another type. ( won't go into detail )
Prior to that I thought it to just be another brand to be honest, but proved me wrong quite quickly.
Hope this helps in your decision.


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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:22

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:22
We use twin ARB CKMA12 compressors with a high performance 6 inch fan (not cheap computer type) to keep them cool..... these are plumber into a 18 Lt air tank with 2 x 1/2 inch feed lines.... line out of the tank to the coupling is also 1/2 inch..... air line from coupling to tyre chuck is 8m of 3/8 rubber hose.

The power cable to feed the compressors are 2 x 8B&S via 2 x 70 amp relays.

We have gone overboard with the installation but we are after maximum performance and reliability.

There are so many cheap chines ones on the market it's hard to know whats good and bad and the way I look at it I want proven quality.... an air compressor is something you have to have working 100% when you need it.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:23

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 21:23
And they are set for only 100psi..... you don't need more.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 08:26

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 08:26
We also have the ARB CKMA12 model. But unlike my mate above, we only have one and it is installed under the bonnet. It does our four tyres and we do not expect to tow any more. We have the 12V wheel nut tool. It is the high output model and will do lockers if we ever get any, but just in case, we are prepared.

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Reply By: Crackles - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 22:54

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 22:54
For a reasonably priced occational use portable unit I've found the Bushranger Maxair has proven reliable. (The Ironman Flomax looks to be a rebadged version)
For intermediate use the ARB compressor is compact being both portable or suitable for in car mounting. The Twin compressor version gives an excellent inflation rate suitable for oversized tyres.
Possibly the best value high capacity electric compressor is the Boss 4cfm (if you have the space). With an inbuilt fan it is continuously rated and suitable for big tyres, regular use & reseating beads.
Really depends on your actual needs.
Cheers Craig.................
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 07:35

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 07:35
I have 2 Compressors..

One is A "Big Red Series 2", basicall all packaged up in a box. Had it for 8 years, and is an awesome jigger, and will pump up tyres air beds ect like all day, no matter how hot it gets.

Recently I had an ARB Compressor fitted under Bonnet, only because I got such a good deal fitting an ARB Air Locker, I went with their Compressor Package too.
I actually love it, got 2 air lines and just flick a switch, and its blowing up tyres, like no tomorrow.

Either one are good.

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 19:23

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 19:23
"Big Red Series 2..........will pump up tyres air beds ect like all day, no matter how hot it gets"
While certainly a high quality unit Bucky the Big Red is not contunuously rated so can (& does) cut out on thermal overload. We had to pack snow on top of one to stop it cutting out while reinflating 4 oversized tyres from 8 PSI.
Being fully sealed & compact it does make an excellent choice for mounting in the engine bay.
Cheers Craig.....................
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Reply By: whisky_mac - Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 09:23

Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012 at 09:23
I have a ABR compressor, Seems to be one of the better ones and very reasonable on price. Google "Sidewinder" and you will come across there range of products.

I have no association with them and only mention them as I have their product and am happy with it. Did 15,000km in three months and used it several times to get out of soft sand by reducing tyre pressure and having to re-inflate them with it. South of Hermansburg on the Finke river does not have a lot of people passing by, you are on your own resources.

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Reply By: BluePrint Industries Pty Ltd - Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 14:10

Thursday, Feb 02, 2012 at 14:10
Hi Allan,

As a member who spends a fair amount of time in the bush, and also sells compressors, I would offer the following suggestions.

Firstly, with respect to Chinese Compressors, others have commented that cheap Chinese compressors are not worth it. Firstly many of the more common branded units you see in auto and 4x4 shops are probably made in China as well. If the company buying the compressors goes to the factories in China and wants the unit made as cheap as possible then the factories are only too happy to oblige. On the other hand if you go to the factory and say I want this, and it must have a thermal cutout, (not just the sticker saying its there) and I want a 50Amp CCt breaker instead of a 40Amp, it must have soldered connections not just crimped, and I want spares to be able to rebuild and supply spares if needed, etc etc, then the factory can and will make a good product. It will cost cost a bit more but the product is generally good.

We have been using the same factory for over 5 years for our compressors and we get ours built to the highes spec we can, we do not scrimp on price and as such believe our units are very good. We are now on our third generation of 60mm compressors pushing out about 160l/m free to air, with our latest models BP160A having a larger heatsink to provide greater cooling and extended run times. Our original units were similar to the ones you mentioned about 3 years ago but we have made a lot of changes since then. We also do a 24 Volt version of the same unit.

There are many on the market that look very similar, however it can be whats inside that makes the difference. Is the heatsink a metal heatsink or just a plastic shroud?

If you want to have a look at the units we have a couple of blogs on them on exploreoz.


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Follow Up By: Member - G.T. - Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 13:12

Monday, Feb 06, 2012 at 13:12
How Much?? Regards G.T.
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