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Old 03-06-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Which Air Compressor for tires?

I need to add a tool to my garage for filling up tires in my tow vehicle and trailer.

I currently use a 12V DC compressor that does the job but is painfully slow and occasionally blows the 15amp fuse for the DC plug in the back of my truck. Its fine for topping off when we are on the road or camping, but I want something bigger and AC for home.

I freely admit a woeful lack of knowledge when it comes to these compressors.

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Porter-Cable’s C1010 heavy-duty one-gallon 135 PSI max quiet trim compressor. Cost is $99. This is a one gallon tank that yields air at 0.75 SCFM at 90 PSI with a max PSI of 135.



My SUV tires are LT-Cs so they go up to 55lbs or so and the trailer tires are the typical trailer tires.

So my questions are:

Will the smaller compressor with the one gallon tank do fine? Is there any reason for me to look at a 2, 3 or 6-gallon tank pancake compressor?

I'd rather not buy another one in two years so any better options or recommendations?

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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You should have no problems filling tires with 135 psi.
I don't think that compressor has enough air flow to run an impact gun or air ratchet. But if all your filling is tires and kids toys your good.
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Yes, I'm looking to inflate. No tools with this device.

One other thing I forgot to ask was about the 0.75 SCFM. Is that a fairly slow rate of inflation? Does it matter too much?
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Buy the biggest one your budget or storage allows. The really small ones are very slow and you will be waiting for the compressor to "catch up" due to the small tank capacity. It dosen't take much of a compressor to run a nail gun but airing up a tire or several requires more storage capacity to do it in a decent timeframe. Also think about future needs. Will you ever want to run any other air tools? If so this would effect your decision.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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Don't waste money on any little air compressor. Go ahead and buy a piston 2 stage compressor with a large tank. The high pressure is not very important its the flow. Get something you can use for anything it will be money well spent.
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This is what I use for filling tires and it is capable of running numerous other things like air nailers etc. I paid a couple hundred for it if memory serves. I have synthetic compressor oil in it and I can run it at -30 no problem.

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Buy the biggest one your budget allows......................................
OK but I don't think my state laws will allow me to tow it behind my 5th wheel trailer with these metal wheels....
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Actually this is what I have used for the past 3 trailers.
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OK but I don't think my state laws will allow me to tow it behind my 5th wheel trailer with these metal wheels....
Now your cooking with gas!
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Yes, I'm looking to inflate. No tools with this device.

One other thing I forgot to ask was about the 0.75 SCFM. Is that a fairly slow rate of inflation? Does it matter too much?
Yes that's pretty slow, you won't be pleased trying to fill your trailer tires, Porter Cable makes a pretty good compressor, but I would look at a 6 gallon pancake compressor.

Porter cable makes a good one available at Lowe's and Home Depot, around $180. It won't run an impact wrench but it does great with staple and nail guns and a small HVLP paint sprayer.

I have one and that's what I use to keep my tires inflated. My truck tires require 75-80 PSI with a load, but only 50 PSI as a daily driver. So everytime I hook up I inflate the tires. It only takes a couple of minutes per tire.

Spend the extra and you will be happy.
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