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Old 10-31-2011, 08:17 AM   #11
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In today's paper was a harbor freight flyer advertising (among other jewels) a 3 gal. 100 psi oil less air compressor for $40... Central pneumatic I believe is the brand. Sound like a winner?
That's the one I posted the picture of.
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going to have to check that out. i don't have a harbor freight near me is their flyer ads good online as well?

update: just checked out the harbor freight online and they have that model but its $60 there on sale. but another question that comes to mind. i see pancake models and then i see like small hot dog tube style models. both are the same other then that. is there a preference to the style or not?
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:13 PM   #13
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going to have to check that out. i don't have a harbor freight near me is their flyer ads good online as well?

update: just checked out the harbor freight online and they have that model but its $60 there on sale. but another question that comes to mind. i see pancake models and then i see like small hot dog tube style models. both are the same other then that. is there a preference to the style or not?

Keep an eye on that price. It drops periodically.

As for pancake/hotdog preference, I'm not aware of a reason one would be better than the other.
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Old 11-03-2011, 05:21 PM   #14
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Just looking in the December edition of Car & Driver, there is an ad near the back. The compressor I posted about previously has a coupon for 39 bucks at harbor freight. (told y'all)
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:08 PM   #15
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Just curious. If all you are doing is the occasional tire, ball and blowing out your water lines. Could you not use a tankless compressor? It would be small enough to carry with you and provide plenty of pressure to blow out the lines come winter. The only thing you would need to find,or put together would be a valve stem to connect to a fitting for your blowout issue. I am sure you could find one much cheaper going that route. I was just thinking.
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Just curious. If all you are doing is the occasional tire, ball and blowing out your water lines. Could you not use a tankless compressor? It would be small enough to carry with you and provide plenty of pressure to blow out the lines come winter. The only thing you would need to find,or put together would be a valve stem to connect to a fitting for your blowout issue. I am sure you could find one much cheaper going that route. I was just thinking.
Honestly not sure. I have a small portable style one I use for just our bikes.its not powerful enough for vehicle tires or anything heavy duty
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Just curious. If all you are doing is the occasional tire, ball and blowing out your water lines. Could you not use a tankless compressor? It would be small enough to carry with you and provide plenty of pressure to blow out the lines come winter. The only thing you would need to find,or put together would be a valve stem to connect to a fitting for your blowout issue. I am sure you could find one much cheaper going that route. I was just thinking.
I have a tankless compressor. I tried to add 10psi to one of the TT tires on the side of the road one evening. After about 30 mins on the side of the road, I gave up. It had only added 5PSI.

I have a Porter Cable pancake compressor I purchased when doing some renovation work on the house. I use it often for many things. It is small enough that I can tote it along on most trips. I have a 3500 watt inverter that will power the compressor when commercial power isn't available. It really is handy to have. I do recommend a tanked compressor.
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For blowing out water lines, just about any size (1gal+) will do. As mentioned above, the smaller the tank, the longer it will run between faucets to build backup to (output) 30-40 psi. IMO, it is more important to make sure you have a hose/adapter configuration that will allow you to connect the compressor to your city water input without having to hold it in place.

I took a ~6" piece of old garden hose (male end), used a hose clamp and an air tool 3/8" male quick disconnect at the other end. At the end of my compressor's hose I have the female quick disconnect fitting. I connect the hose end to my camper, inner lock the quick disconnects and turn on the compressor. That seems to work great.
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I have a tankless compressor. I tried to add 10psi to one of the TT tires on the side of the road one evening. After about 30 mins on the side of the road, I gave up. It had only added 5PSI.

I have a Porter Cable pancake compressor I purchased when doing some renovation work on the house. I use it often for many things. It is small enough that I can tote it along on most trips. I have a 3500 watt inverter that will power the compressor when commercial power isn't available. It really is handy to have. I do recommend a tanked compressor.


The small compressors do have trouble with putting air in a tire that already has 60 or so pounds in. But for something that is far more flat they do work. Also there is no pressure inside the water lines for it to overcome. I do see that it would be a more lengthy process because of pressure having to build up in the lines instead of having it right off in an airtank. Taking that into consideration is it possible that you would have an airtank that you put air in then you could pressurize your lines from that.
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Old 11-04-2011, 10:30 AM   #20
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VIAIR makes great portable air compressor. We bought one that has a tank on it and mounted it under truck.


This is the one we put on frame rails
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