Black Friday deal on beginner air compressor?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by kevinj, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. kevinj

    kevinj Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone,

    I want to be able to fill or top off my tires at home. I know that the little 12V units are able to do that and have the advantage that you can take them with you when you travel, but I don't know ... I don't feel like hooking it up to the battery every time I want to use it, and I also see so many problems with defective units in the review section of websites ...

    So I was thinking of getting something just a little larger, that I can hook up to 220V or 120V, that I can get out in the driveway with an extension cord, and that will fill my tires fairly quickly. What I've seen so far on a few threads here :
    * the units with oil are preferable because they're much quieter;
    * the very smallest ones can be slow because something is too low volume

    I currently have no other air tools that I would use an air compressor for, and I don't see that changing soon.


    So: has anyone seen a Black Friday deal at some nationwide store (HF, Sears, Lowes, ... ) for an air compressor that would be a good match for me?
    - fairly small and quiet
    - fills 2 mc tires quickly
    - good deal
    - not too many problems - doesn't usually fall apart on people
    - additional hoses etc. are either included or easily/cheaply available.


    Thanks so much!!



    Kevin
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  2. kevinj

    kevinj Been here awhile

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  3. huntly2

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    Personally, I always find it amusing at the amount of "gear" people need. I'll bet I can whip out my full size bicycle pump and have my pressure correct before you can find the wall socket.
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  4. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Bike pump is faster and easier and I have a big compressor.
    Crafstman red compressors are loud enough to wake the dead :)
    Buy a nice bike pump and you will be happy unless you are changing your own tires, then you will want a bigger compressor.
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  5. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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  6. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    The lifetime guarantee on all the parts a good bike pump has beats a 90 day warranty on a compressor too...

    But I'll still use my compressor to fill anything bigger than a bicycle tire.:deal (2hp Hitachi)
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  7. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    I have four compressors that I use for work .Some high dollar Thomas units down to that Craftsman .
    I used that same compressor( finish nail guns) for my work for a few years . I sold it to a helper who is still using it at 6 years old . You can order parts for it from Sears . Great compressor . Easy to carry around , and easy to store in very little room .
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  8. Knotbob

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    Best Rest has their Cycle Pump on sale today and tomorrow for $100 and it includes a quality gauge and their dvd about repairing tires when you are miles from help.
    No, I don't work for them but I did just order mine this morning.

    Yes, I did see that you don't want a portable unit but why wouldn't you want to have a capable air compressor with you so you can bag your tires for sand, etc. and/or repair a tire instead of hiking for help or tearing up a tire and rim riding on it?
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  9. MrBob

    MrBob Knee-jerk liberal

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    For topping up before a ride, you cant beat a good bicycle tire pump. If you've got your heart set on something to plug in you might want to consider a pancake compressor.
    I've had mine for over 20 years and at one time used it in commercial carpentry.
    I wouldn't worry about oiled or oil-less at the level of use you're describing, just be sure to drain it after each use so moisture doesn't collect in the tank and rust it out from the inside.
    Having a 20 foot hose and a few fittings can prove quite useful around the house.

    http://compare.ebay.com/like/380291143402?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar
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  10. VStromTom

    VStromTom Long timer

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    That Sears compressor will work just fine. Save your arm from all that pumping, its bs.
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  11. the_gr8t_waldo

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    i might well be behind the times on this, but...sears only have the lifetime warrenty on craftsman hand tools. power tools carry something like 60day warrenty.(maybe less)
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  12. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I have this same unit or it's eight year old brother. I got to do do light demo work, fill tires feed a blower nozzle and finish nailer. Works well for all of those tasks and with an air dry it's functioned as an airbrush compressor. It's loud but it does the job.

    If I was just filling bike tires once Ina while I'd get a nice foot pump or floor pump, especially if it's just a couple of tires.
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  13. num1husker

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    Kevin:
    I would just buy one of those inexpensive oil flooded single stage H/F compressors. I mean for under 100 bucks and you use it enough it will pay for itself. When it breaks just throw it out.
    I've been involved with air compressors and compressed air treatment in one way or another directly for over 25 year and that's what i've done. I've had my H/F unit for over 5 years and use the heck out of it and it's done very well. If I need more air then my 2 h.p. unit I've got 10,000 hp worth of compressors at my plant that I would call on to bail me out but it hasn't happened yet.

    So go get one of those inexpensive units use the hell out of it and then get another when it breaks, if all your doing is hobby kind of task. just my 2 cents
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  14. SpeedyK

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    I mostly use a bicycle pump, but sometimes rims don't have clearance for the nozzle lever, esp. vintage bikes with drums. Then the Costco jumpstarter with compressor comes in handy. Portable, pumps a long time on a charge, and you could even steal the 18ah battery out of it for a motorcycle if needed. I'm on my third year with a 17ah battery from a 33$ HF jumpstarter in one bike.

    For the road, buy one of those $4 ones that look like a miniature of that Sears, take the case off and put a Battery Tender type plug on the end. If you keep the battery tender pigtail on the bike battery, it's pretty quick to use. Not as quick as a bicycle pump, tho.
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    ...Craftsman pictured above. I bought it for exactly the same reasons you listed. Works great for this role.

    But.........It is really, freaking LOUD.

    Cheers.
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    I've got that craftsman and its great. Don't count on it being quiet though.
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  20. kevinj

    kevinj Been here awhile

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    Hey guys,

    thanks for all your input. I have to say, there doesn't really seem to be much consensus here :). Quite a range of opinions.

    To answer a few questions,

    1/ Yes, I'll be changing my own tires in the future, so it would come in handy there, too.

    2/ I saw that cyclepump ad, and it looks like a great deal, but I already have that dvd, so not as much of a sale for me :).

    3/ I was surprised to see so much support for bicycle pumps, so thanks for the input, glad to learn that so many of you are using them. I share a house with a few bicycle enthousiasts, and between all of us, we have 4 quality floor pumps, all different brands. None of them are any use because there isn't enough clearance for the nozzle lever. I tried to remedy that by buying one of those 90 degree valve stem extensions. That works, but it's fussy and leaks a whole bunch of air when you connect or disconnect it, so it's harder to be sure of exactly how much is in the tire. Also, all the pumps we have seem to go to very high PSI; the gauge dial has a scale up to over 200 psi, so it's quite hard to read accurately around the 30-40 psi range that's useful for me. Perhaps I need to buy a 5th bicycle pump??


    Anyway, thanks to everyone. I'm still not sure what to do, but I'll sleep on it!




    Kevin
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