Need the best stowable air compressor/inflator

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  1. ranger1968

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    I was really impressed that the Harbor Freight unit had a metal piston and other metal parts where rhe others were plastic , a factor in their failure during use.


    That Project Farm guy, he does a pretty thorough review.
     
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    I was surprised they were the winners. And I was happy with the end price. tom. :cowboy:
     
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    I came very close to buying the Harbor Freight 27 gallon Fortress. I'm glad I was patient because I ended getting a 60 gallon Dewalt for $50 more on black Friday.
     
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    Look at the milwaukee battery powered compressor
     
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    Used it today and looked in the book. Calls for 10 minutes of cool down after 10 minutes running.
     
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    That is how to convert RMS AC to peak DC voltage which has nothing to do with the subject being discussed.

    Motor starting current is more like inrush current on a big cap or transformer only worse.
     
  7. 308M1A

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    Ok, so for christmas, lowes is selling a made in america craftsman pancake rated at 6 gallons. For 99 bucks.

    Presuming i had that in my garage, and let it run till the 6 gal tank is pressured up to max, say 150 or whatever it shuts off at, if i unplug it and put it in my f150.


    I go to the beach and air down the 35psi tires to 20 psi.

    Is there enough air in the charged 6 gl tank to reinflate the 4 tires back to 35?
     
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    Not a chance in my opinion.
     
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    I had a earlier model from Costco, purchased about 8- 9 years ago. It just died last month. It took forever to inflate car tires 5-10 psi increase. I never let it cool. It lasted much longer than any other cheap compressor. I'm looking for one also.
     
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    The one I got is pretty quick.
     
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    Nope. 1 tire maybe, but not all 4....

    You need something that can run off 12 volts.
     
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    I'm sure that there is a way to do the math. What size tires are you talking about? Cubic inches of the tire at a 15psi rise vs. cubic inches available in the tank? Anyone, anyone?
    -steve
     
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    Offhand I was thinking two tires, since he is only wanting to raise the pressure in them ~15psi, but I'm trying to put my head around the math of the equation.
    -steve
     
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    I have been watching a lot of overlanding videos on YouTube. Both in Aust ralia and USA, the people that do it often use ARB compressors. They are expensive. They mount them to the vehicle.
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    Its stock 18” wheels on an f150, goodrich or goodyear all terrain all weather
     
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    I’m in the market, so I’m glad the OP started this thread.
    I’m currently trying to decide between a decent pancake or an tankless.
    Lots of good info here. Thanks everyone.


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    So at 6 gallons to 150, thats it? Lowes sells a kobalt air tank for like 65 bucks and its 7 gallons, so same thing, it can just air up 1 tire? Ive seen service trucks with them i figured they could do more than that.
     
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    So, around a 265/60-18?
    -s
     
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    I had a 5 gallon air tank. The problem was always finding a station at the beach with an air hose that would even fill it to 120 psi.

    Fully loaded, it would fill my 4 '86 Subaru tires once from 15 psi to 30 psi. This was a part-time dual-range 4WD with factory skid plates and fully armored exhaust that I used to surf fish the Outer Banks. The wheels were 13" (and 185/70 iirc) and just wide enough to float the little beast over the sugar sand at Hatteras. Pea gravel required 10 psi.

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    Looked like this one. The rear shocks were manually adjustable to 3 heights.
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    85 hp and it lasted 14 years before the front sub frame rusted out.
     
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