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Oversized Basic Inflater
May 9, 2011
Review by af21115
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Seems well built, very light weight, compact, and portable. Great for very small jobs.
Cons:Very loud, takes a lot of time to fill the tanks, motor sounds cheap.
The Bottom Line: If you need a very basic portable compressor to fill tires, this is a decent choice. Otherwise I would suggest going up to a 4 or 5 gallon unit.
I searched quite some time for an inexpensive basic compressor that my wife and I could both easily carry around the garage to inflate vehicle tires, or up to the shed to inflate tires on the lawn equipment. I also did not want to spend a lot of money. The smaller portable compressors were mainly geared towards use with airbrushes and other such hobby applications. I needed a mini version of a real compressor to fill my needs.
Recommend this product?
I found this unit at several retailers, and for the most part it got above average reviews, so I shopped for the best price. I found them on sale for $60 at Tractor Supply Co. At that price if it did die after a few months I'm not out a chunk of cash. For how infrequently I'll use this unit, it will probably last me a while, but you never know.
The compressors fit and finish were excellent right from the box. Parts seemed sturdy and assembled straight and true. There is a nice padded sleve on the handle making for comfortable carrying. Small rubber feet keep the unit cushioned while running, and prevent it from tracking during operation. The unit came with a coil style air hose that had teflon tape pre-installed on the fittings. It also came with a quick disconnect attachment, and a tire inflation bib, a sports ball needle and attachment, and some inflater tips. These also came from the factory with the quick disconnect tips installed. The unit also features a tank pressure gauge, and an adjustable outlet gauge so you can dial in the pressure you need for your task.
The only assembly required was to attach the air hose to the compressor port, and install the quick dicsonnect tip on the other end. Break in is running the unit 5 minutes with the air valve open and no attachment on the hose allowing the air to just purge right out.
Only having two 1 gallon stacked tanks, the unit does not have much capacity. Therefore its is going to run out of air quickly. The compressor is very loud, a lot louder than my 5 gallon Craftsman pancake unit. It is very slow to pump up the tanks. I would estimate that it took around 3 minutes to fill the tanks from dead empty. If your doing continuous work like filling a car tire, the task will take about 15 minutes to complete as the unit is slow, and will need to refil about 3 or 4 times to add about 20 lbs pressure.
Over all I was a little disappointed in the slowness of filling the tanlks, and how loud the unit was when working. Its obvious that the 1/3 HP motor is probaly too small for this unit and a 1/2 HP or better would help improve performance dramatically. For now its fulfilling its intended purpose and allowing me to carry a light weight compressor up to the shed and fill garden equipment tires. Carrying my 5 gallon Craftsman was just not going to happen and so I'd always have to drag the item down to the garage for maintenance after carrying my Craftsman up from the basement if I was using it in the shop. This compressor eliminates that problem and its light enough that my wife can carry it as well without difficulty.
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