4x4 compressors

G'day guys

well after only using my air compressor twice it caught on fire. so im in the market for a new one if the warranty claim fails. any suggestions?


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3 years and i am very happy

Sat, 2013-07-13 12:43

3 years and i am very happy with my bushranger black max. Its pumped up some serious sets of tyres !!

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+1 for bushranger

Sat, 2013-07-13 19:22

 I got the max air 2, will pump up my car and at least 2 others without over heating. 

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cheers Vinesh87

Sat, 2013-07-13 12:50

what price range are those? mine was a Dr air pro flow, lasted 5 mins and nearly burnt the car down!

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Stuff that

Sat, 2013-07-13 13:47

Sounds like you got lucky crezz.

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 Still about 200-300.Ive had

Sat, 2013-07-13 22:39

 Still about 200-300.

Ive had arb too , just as good!

 

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 My ARB mounted under bonnet

Sat, 2013-07-13 13:30

 My ARB mounted under bonnet is sweet. 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ARB-Electric-Air-Compressor-CKMA12-/130464426645?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1e60492a95&_uhb=1

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 love my tjm...pumped up my

Sat, 2013-07-13 14:46

 love my tjm...pumped up my 37s in 3 minutes from 15 psi....however if I was to get another Ide go the dual cylinder arb

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Got a mean mother from covs

Sat, 2013-07-13 17:55

Got a mean mother from covs for under 200, 160l/min, quality build, quality hose and fittings, 5yr warranty. Arb twin, 174 l/min, $800+

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 mate buy an arb

Sat, 2013-07-13 22:29

 mate buy an arb compressor

you get what you pay for

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 mate buy an arb

Sat, 2013-07-13 22:29

 mate buy an arb compressor

you get what you pay for

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 Local garage?? lol Just

Sat, 2013-07-13 22:58

 Local garage?? lol Just kidding. There's so many brands out there. don't know which way to go. ARB Sounds good tim-o?

 

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ARB for me

Sun, 2013-07-14 09:06

bought a cheap one two years ago and first time out it crapped itself.bought the ARB one and it has auto pressure cut off and blows up tyre in 2 mins.

as said before you get what you pay for.

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Another question is are you

Sun, 2013-07-14 09:11

Another question is are you going to mount it under the bonnet or not ?

 

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 Another vote for the black

Sun, 2013-07-14 13:09

 Another vote for the black max

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not too much room under the

Sun, 2013-07-14 16:05

not too much room under the triton bonnet. I had mine mounted up in the top corner of my canopy. I recon ill just keep the next one in its bag behind the seat.

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i got me a Dr Air Pro Flow

Thu, 2013-07-25 07:41

i got me a Dr Air Pro Flow 150lt one - $189.00 from Ebay - used it the other week - runs Quieter than the  one i had and was able to pump up all 4 tyres under 5 mins.

 

from the few i hvae used this one seems the best.

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 I have used a Bushranger Max

Tue, 2013-07-30 11:08

 I have used a Bushranger Max Air for years and never had a problem inflating 8 tyres in a row. I still have it as a backup but have the twin ARB compressors under the bonnet now for a locker. 

Like they say, you get what you pay for. Companies can claim flow rates but heavy use like 4 tyres 15psi to 40psi is a good test. As long as there is a thermal cutout and fuse worse case you can try and get your money back

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 Had my Black Max for nearly

Tue, 2013-07-30 11:31

 Had my Black Max for nearly 7 years. Hasnt failed me yet and still gets my tyres inflated before most of my mates brand new el cheapo ones. If I had to buy a new one again though I would go an ARB one(I like their plastic box they come in and the other air accessories you can clip on). Thing to also consider is what attachment the compressor has to attach to the tyre valve. I hate the clip/clamp on ones so changed the one on my Black Max for the screw on type.

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I have Black Max also, never

Fri, 2013-08-09 08:52

I have Black Max also, never had a problem! Only shit thing is the zip on the bag haha

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^^^^^4dr or hatch mate

Fri, 2013-08-09 10:04

^^^^^4dr or hatch mate

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thanks for that guys

Sun, 2013-08-18 16:18

thanks for that guys

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I've had plenty of the

Wed, 2013-08-21 19:26

I've had plenty of the 'cheap' ones, including variants of the Dr air pro 150L and they have all died for various reason and were pretty much unrepairable.

 

I've now got the ARB twin mounted under the seat of my patrol and I'm extremely happy with it, its also a 150Lpm but its MUCH quicker than the Dr Air clone.

 

Spend a little bit more ONCE instead of less multiple times

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+1 for the ARB

Fri, 2013-08-23 10:57

Ive got one, my dads had one for years, my brothers beaten a few up and they all still work a treat. And if you get the right one it adapts to Air Lockers if you choose to add them on later. Fits under the bonnet so its always there and doesnt take up any room in the car. 

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Dr Air pro are suppose to run

Wed, 2013-10-02 19:38

Dr Air pro are suppose to run cooler than most of the more highly fancied Acs.

How the fuck did it catch fire?

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 what is your budget ?

Thu, 2013-10-03 10:21

 what is your budget ?

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im not to sure how it caught

Sun, 2013-10-06 18:11

im not to sure how it caught fire, I just went to the car and could smell something burning. budget is about $350-$400

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+1 arb

Mon, 2013-10-07 08:01

ARB for me too

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 For that money, ARB is the

Tue, 2013-10-08 09:18

 For that money, ARB is the only way to go.  

 

I just paid $75 for one at MALZ.  I have done a fair bit of research into the cheaper ones (they all look the same), went with the MALZ one because it came with a warranty.

 

Some light reading:

http://www.4wdaction.com.au/sites/default/files/4WD169%20036-054%20FEATURE%20air_2.pdf

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cheers easysnag

Tue, 2013-10-08 19:12

cheers easysnag

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Any updates guys? Your

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:39
Any updates guys? Your compressors still going strong? My old one failed on my recent trip to Port Gregory. Going beach fishing every day, then having to pump up tyres is a real pain in the arse, so I wanna get a fast unit.
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Repco

Wed, 2014-12-17 16:04

Just bought a Repco brand one this afternoon. 60% off normal price while in sale for $150.
Single cylinder, 160 litres a minute to 150psi.

Will be interesting to see how it goes. The last one died on the weekend up near Bundegi, had to reverse for about 3/4km with tyres down to I guess 10-12lb then when pumping them back up the compressor decided to give up the ghost. The motor runs but no air coming out so I suspect something has parted company with its mate. Not even bothering to pull it apart as its served me well for over 10 years

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Repco

Wed, 2014-12-17 16:06

Just bought a Repco brand one this afternoon. 60% off normal price while in sale for $150.
Single cylinder, 160 litres a minute to 150psi.

Will be interesting to see how it goes. The last one died on the weekend up near Bundegi, had to reverse for about 3/4km with tyres down to I guess 10-12lb then when pumping them back up the compressor decided to give up the ghost. The motor runs but no air coming out so I suspect something has parted company with its mate. Not even bothering to pull it apart as its served me well for over 10 years

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They have reed valves made

Mon, 2015-01-05 11:40

They have reed valves made out of spring steel in them, over time the metal gets fatigued and they can snap off. It happened to my cheap SCA branded one.

 

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I have had a ABR Sidewinder

Wed, 2014-12-17 16:28

I have had a ABR Sidewinder for 3-4 years, it pumps really quickly and appears heavy duty.

http://www.sidewinder.com.au/page219a.html

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 Bushranger blackmax 3. Does

Thu, 2014-12-25 11:13

 Bushranger blackmax 3. Does all my 35s 37s and mrs car in heat without missing a beat. My 2cents worth. 

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Supercheap

Sat, 2014-12-27 07:10

Had it over year and still going strong $189.99 in the sale... And i might used it twice aweek... Had a maxair befor Over $300.00 and shit itself

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Ive got a Black max in my

Sat, 2014-12-27 07:58

Ive got a Black max in my Hilux and a Max Air in my 100 series, both mounted under the bonnets and never had a problem yet. Certainly not the fastest on the market but most reliable and combined with airtanks they are very good.

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 Hi all, ive recently

Sat, 2015-01-03 13:55

 Hi all, ive recently acquired an abr sidewinder (not an arb typo). Looks to be really good quality. Can be picked up for between 150-180 on ebay or from abr directly (east aussie mob) i will report back on how it performs.

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dr air

Mon, 2015-01-05 12:14

I sold my old car after having a bushranger max air for 10 years mounted in it (pumping 33" weekly) and got one of these Dr Air pro (albeit for a bit cheaper than the link ($160).  I have been impressed so far but dont do as much offroading as I used to, but it is heaps quicker than most 12V compressors I have seen, excluding belt driven ones.  From what I have seen I wouldnt waste my money on an ARB

 

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DR-AIR-PRO-FLOW-12-VOLT-12V-AIR-COMPRESSOR-INFLATOR-TIRE-TYRE-CAR-4WD-4X4-DUTY-/291123915283?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item43c8566a13

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4WD magazine did a test of

Tue, 2015-01-06 06:58
4WD magazine did a test of all major brands. The DR Air pro150l/h was overall winner