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[*] posted on 12-20-2017 at 08:04 PM
... best TIRE COMPRESSOR...(and bathroom graffitti) <;~O


...What are recommendations for a reliable, economical compressor for re-inflating tires? ;D


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[*] posted on 12-20-2017 at 08:26 PM


https://www.amazon.com/Master-Flow-MF-1050-MasterFlow-Compre...
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[*] posted on 12-20-2017 at 08:28 PM


I've been using a MasterFlow MF-1050 Air Compressor I got off Amazon for about five years and it hasn't skipped a beat. Lots of options, just not one that plugs into your 12V lighter. You want it directly connected to the battery.
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[*] posted on 12-20-2017 at 08:30 PM


Ha - @JZ beat me to it.
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[*] posted on 12-20-2017 at 08:33 PM


Viair is also very good. I've been using them for 20 years. What ever you get, get a good one. A cheap one will fail when you really need it.



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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 04:49 AM


http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-On-Board-High-Performance-12-Vol...



The best I have seen but way out of my price range.
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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 06:29 AM


http://www.smittybiltdepot.com/Air-Compressors-Air-Tanks-Air...


This has worked well for me.
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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 06:46 AM


All compressors are not created equal, your decesion should be made based on how large your tires are, what pressures your trying to achieve, how long you want to wait to refill tires, and how much you want to spend?
There are plenty of off road forums out there that give breakdowns on duty cycles and specifications for different size tires, like jeepfourms.com.
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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 06:56 AM


I bought a Viair 85P compressor and it works great. Used it several times and it reinflates very quickly, the same as the Masterflow. I got the largest one that plugs into the accessory port, seems to work fine. You are instructed to keep the motor running when using, I assume the same as MF.

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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 07:20 AM


Quote: Originally posted by ehall  
http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-On-Board-High-Performance-12-Vol...



The best I have seen but way out of my price range.


85LPM [3CFM] @ 6Bar [90PSI] is impressive preformance
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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 07:49 AM


Viair 450P

Some of the compressors have very short duty cycle, meaning you might operate them for 10 minutes then have to let them cool for 30 minutes (or risk destroying the compressor)

Viair makes a number of models, check them out.

Spend $150 to $200, the $50 compressors are pretty junky and most won’t last very long.




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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 08:23 AM


Quote: Originally posted by pacsur  
All compressors are not created equal, your decesion should be made based on how large your tires are, what pressures your trying to achieve, how long you want to wait to refill tires, and how much you want to spend?
There are plenty of off road forums out there that give breakdowns on duty cycles and specifications for different size tires, like jeepfourms.com.


MasterFlow goes up to 150 psi and 20 mins run time. Will inflate from 15 to 35 in under 2 mins.

Best affordable compressor out there. I use it on my E rated tires (65-75 psi).

Use it to inflate my Zodiac as well.


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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 08:28 AM


Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
You are instructed to keep the motor running when using, I assume the same as MF.

John


Good advice! Sort of like "Start your engine before you pull the anchor"





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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 09:04 AM


I have had really good experience with the MV-50.
Only when I wasn't careful and kinked the hose (while it was running I was going from one side of my truck to the other), did it fail (blew out the valve). So don't kink the hose!
I got another and works great... I think it goes for about $85?
Not quite the speed advertised on the box, but here are my observations:

It fills a 265/75-16" (32") truck tire from 15 psi to 32 psi in under 3 minutes (6 psi/min.). My old Coleman cigarette lighter powered pump took 9 minutes (2 psi/min.)!





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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 09:21 AM


Pricing for the MV-50:

E-Bay: $81.14 including shipping and taxes

Amazon: $73.95 including shipping and not sure about tax





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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 09:27 AM


Best has to be qualified on the intended use.
* Just a backup then low cost relates to low reliability, but for that one time flat its probably the way to go. 12v with cable to the batt.
* For regular use like in a Jeep with big tires that has to get re inflated each use, then get an expensive 100% duty cycle unit. Like expensive Viair, ARB, or low cost CO2 setup.
* In between like for a 3/4 ton truck that gets occasionally re inflation then something in between the two above with a strong bias to above average price.
What I have:
* Jeep is a 20# CO2 with a fixed reg. Cheap
* For the big truck I have low cost internal lead acid battery and a very slow compressor. Nice because it can also be used as a jump start. Cheap. I hope I don't need it. A bad choice that was a gift. Best choice would be CO2. For my two trips up Matomi and back I grabbed my CO2 setup from another rig and it took care of re inflation each time and still had a bit left in the tank.
* For the Honda daily driver I have a small 12v Viair. Moderate/Cheap
* For the Bronco a HD 100% duty Viair with a 2.5 gallon tank. Expensive.
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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 10:17 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
I have had really good experience with the MV-50.
Only when I wasn't careful and kinked the hose (while it was running I was going from one side of my truck to the other), did it fail (blew out the valve). So don't kink the hose!
I got another and works great... I think it goes for about $85?
Not quite the speed advertised on the box, but here are my observations:

It fills a 265/75-16" (32") truck tire from 15 psi to 32 psi in under 3 minutes (6 psi/min.). My old Coleman cigarette lighter powered pump took 9 minutes (2 psi/min.)!



This is the same compressor as the MasterFlow, just branded differently. They are supposedly discontinuing the brand.


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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 11:27 AM


I carry two MV 50's....pump up 4 tires in half the time and if one poops out you have a spare. I don't see a need to have the engine running but it helps to start the pumps before screwing the nozzle on.
at least this is what works 4me.:D
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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 11:34 AM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
You are instructed to keep the motor running when using, I assume the same as MF.
John

Good advice! Sort of like "Start your engine before you pull the anchor"

....reminds me of the old bathroom graffitti.. 'here I sit broken hearted,, took two bennies and my truck won't start!'' ...same goes for using all your battery on the tire inflation I spose. I'll actually be carrying a spare battery and ~2x3' solar panel,, so should be okay for the longer stops! ;D


..loving all the opinions and advice to consider,,, reminds me of the saying... ''opinions are like nomads,,, everyone's got one!'' ...or something like that :tumble: :spingrin:
I really appreciate all your answers to consider once I get past the overwhelm.

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[*] posted on 12-21-2017 at 11:39 AM


Anyone else (besides me) using the Harbor Freight 12Volt 150 PSI Compact Air Compressor? So far, it's been working pretty well for me.
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