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high quality tire inflator recommendation #4468765
07/24/17 08:42 AM
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Hi all:

I would like to get a nice tire inflator to avoid having to run down to gas stations or tire stores every time I need to add some air to my car tires. I was looking on Amazon but the majority seem cheaply made - some manufacturers don't even have websites! Ideally I would like to find a heavy duty, made in USA unit that will last, not blow fuses like many report on Amazon, and come with an additional AC adapter or at least battery adapter so I don't even have to worry about using my 12V accessory and potentially blowing fuses. The majority on Amazon are around the $40-50 USD mark but it would seem I should be able to find something to fits my requirements for $100 or so. One reviewer commented how he even plans to throw his away when it fails rather than send in for repair! Google searches of "heavy duty made in USA tire inflators" have turned up zilch.

Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4468779
07/24/17 08:53 AM
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Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ASY23I


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2002 Buick Century 144k - Built 4T65e(Maxlife) - GTX 5w30 + Fram XG3980
Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: 901Memphis] #4468781
07/24/17 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted By: 901Memphis
Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ASY23I

Exactly what I have. With the direct-to-battery clips (instead of silly cigarette outlet connection), it does a great job.

Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4468784
07/24/17 08:55 AM
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I have had two of these

https://www.harborfreight.com/12v-100-psi-high-volume-air-compressor-69284.html

I did have to change the end so it clips onto the battery. I seem to be able to get 2 years of pretty constant use out of them. Every weekend I have used one or the other to inflate my oversized jeep tires, then someone else ends up borrowing it to inflate their tires too.

For the occasional flat, it would be perfect.


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Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4468792
07/24/17 08:58 AM
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Some time ago, Michelen had some quite robust ones.i happen to own one for 12 years. Not used much and the digital dial-cut off pressure sensor screen went kaboom when i inflated a 7 bar rated bicycle tire but the compressor still works fine after all those years


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Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4468819
07/24/17 09:32 AM
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A Harbor freight compressor that is 110 volts can also be used . They are under $200.00


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Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: CT8] #4468872
07/24/17 10:47 AM
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had this one for 7 years; never failed me and would buy again right now..


https://www.amazon.com/Master-Flow-MF-10...er+flow+tsunami


Last edited by kpatter; 07/24/17 10:47 AM.
Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4468886
07/24/17 11:10 AM
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I use a bicycle pump... though it's a bit of a workout.

Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4468887
07/24/17 11:12 AM
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These harbor freight units will blow away any of those dinky 12v units. You SHOULD have a dedicated 110 unit for the house, and perhaps a smaller 12v unit for your trunk.

Use the 20% off coupons they have its $44. I have the older version that is 15 years old and it still works like new. I expect it to still be working in another 12 plus years.

https://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/...ssor-61615.html
https://www.harborfreight.com/air-tools/...ssor-97080.html


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Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4468911
07/24/17 11:45 AM
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I've never been a fan of those tiny portable "plug in to your car's power point" type of inflators.. so I went a different route.

I already had a decent upright air compressor in my garage, so I just went to Harbor Freight and bought one of these:



If memory serves, it was only about $25 on sale.

I fill it up on my compressor at home, to about 95-100 PSI, and leave it in my trunk. I set up some magnets on the trunk liner and side, so the tank doesn't move when I'm driving.. just stays nice and snug in place until I need it, then a nice tug on it separates it from the magnets. 95PSI will easily pump up many low tires, and at least two flats.. and if it ever gets low, I just fill it back up at home. Never have to worry about whether my fuses will blow.


2010 Ford Fusion SE - 2.5 liter/6F35 Trans - 266,000mi
2014 Nissan Altima SL - 2.5 liter/CVT - 60,000mi
Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: 901Memphis] #4468942
07/24/17 12:19 PM
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UncleDave Online content
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Originally Posted By: 901Memphis
Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ASY23I


2nd the viair products are quality units.

UD


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Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4469082
07/24/17 03:30 PM
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Although I've upgraded to a much larger compressor I've had my Harbor Freight for 6 or 7 years running very very hard and now I've actually turned it up to a higher output, I also have it running to another tank the same size about 30 gallons feeding that tank, the reason I did that is because the Harbor Freight only has a quarter inch air Outlet and when you pull the trigger on a large gun or tool you could hear the air rushing back into the line. And when I say a big gun like a Matco 1/2 inch impact, it is a monster now with the other tank however I barely use it because I bought a service truck compressor and I Crank It Up every time I need air to keep the motor in good condition


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Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4469096
07/24/17 03:42 PM
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Another vote for Viair. They've been around for many years and are the compressor of choice for serious off-roaders.

I'm probably not going to make many friends around here, but Harbor Freight gives me a headache.

Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: Kestas] #4469471
07/24/17 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kestas
I use a bicycle pump... though it's a bit of a workout.


+1

Re: high quality tire inflator recommendation [Re: NissanMaxima] #4469964
07/25/17 11:19 AM
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Vikas Online content
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Is there no small footprint *good quality* reasonably priced 110V tire pump?

Last edited by Vikas; 07/25/17 11:20 AM.
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