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Old 03-08-14, 05:09 PM
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What compressor do you use? Recommendation!

I rebuilt my old 125psi Craftsman compressor after my ride. It had almost tipped over and starved the macine of oil. Frozed the crank! Broke it down and provided manual agitation to the offending parts! Working!
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I have a Park Pro hand pump that I use a lot in the shop and when we are on trips. I use the compressor to fill the car, truck, trailer tires. The Excursion tires take up to 80psi. The 80psi sometimes seems to challenge the compressor. I also use it to give the bikes "air showers" after riding this time of year!
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I use small Bostitch with 150 max psi. It works great for pumping tires in all my bikes, and I also use it after each bike wash to dry it in no time.
Its not a bike specific equipment, but it takes care of my cars, house and bikes lol I love versality of it, and so far I'm happier with this one than with any of my previous floor pumps.
Currently I'm looking for a good quality floor pump to keep it in my car, but after reading hundreds of online reviews it seems there is nothing that can last...
So far I learned that Specialized and Park Tool pumps have issues with pressure gauge, and that more expensive, all metal pumps are not bomb proof at all...
That is one interesting thread!

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I don't baby my stuff. I don't abuse my stuff. My shop is kinda crowded so the tools get banged around a little bit! My Park pump has never failed to deliver! But, I will follow up with a tire gauge after airing up for a while just for s and g's! I'll research the reviews, too.
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Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
I don't baby my stuff. I don't abuse my stuff. My shop is kinda crowded so the tools get banged around a little bit! My Park pump has never failed to deliver! But, I will follow up with a tire gauge after airing up for a while just for s and g's! I'll research the reviews, too.
Yeah, please let us know. There is few models from PT. Which one you using? Amazon got one for $34...that sounds too cheap to be good quality, or they just trying to get rid of them quick for some reason.

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Park Tool FPP-4

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I really like my Lezyne pump, generally gets excellent reviews, repair kits and different adapters available. Colors, alloy also if that matters to you. Lots of other cool tools and other items. I may treat myself to some this year.
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http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-PFP-...dp/B00CQTYLJE/
I have never experienced any of the problems stated in the reviews! There was a mention of a recalled item! Maybe I have just been lucky!
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OH yeah! The gauge on the FPF-4 is at the top of the pump! For those of us with bi-focal glasses and poor lighting
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Originally Posted by cny-bikeman View Post
I really like my Lezyne pump, generally gets excellent reviews, repair kits and different adapters available. Colors, alloy also if that matters to you. Lots of other cool tools and other items. I may treat myself to some this year.
That looks like a good pump. I replace internal rubber parts to extend the life of my floor pumps but eventually the cylinder bores wear out. I wore out a couple of Topeak Blo-Joe's and went back to my 20 year old cheap Blackburn that has been pretty reliable, but the cylinder is about gone on it and the gauge is too small for these old eyes. Think I'll try that Lezyne.

I have a 6 HP 240 volt Craftsman compressor that I use on car tires and power tools but would much rather use a small volume high pressure floor pump on road bike tires.

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I'm still thinking about compressors.
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silica, I've had one for 30 years and only had to replace the rubber in the head
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Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
Park Tool FPP-4
http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-PFP-.../dp/B0017OKOUE

You may be the lucky one then...The reviews on this model are not that great.
I would rather pay $200 for the one that last, than keep being cheaper ones...Too bad price and quality lost each others some time ago. Now you can buy cheap, but very good quality product. You can also buy expensive piece of crap...We live in a very strange world lol
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silica, I've had one for 30 years and only had to replace the rubber in the head
That is what I'm talking about. You own a quality product my friend...Im pretty sure there is nothing better on the market to replace your "old junk" ;-)
It will take 30 more years for Chinese to understand that building high quality products builds brand, creates army of loyal cutomers and brings solid profits. Oh wait...most of them make products for North American companies...well...so I will keep dreaming then, and keep looking for your pump on Craig's list or EBay if you decide to sell it one day ;-)

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Originally Posted by lopek77 View Post
http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-PFP-.../dp/B0017OKOUE

You may be the lucky one then...The reviews on this model are not that great.
I would rather pay $200 for the one that last, than keep being cheaper ones...Too bad price and quality lost each others some time ago. Now you can buy cheap, but very good quality product. You can also buy expensive piece of crap...We live in a very strange world lol
I'm a little surprised that I would have bought this pump if there had been a problem! I live and die by reviews and hate to buy crap! I keep all of my paperwork and I will find the buy date and compare the reviews for that time. It really has never given me reason to doubt it! Oh well...
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26 gallon craftsman I got for my birthday when I was 17. Mostly used for driving my pneumatic tools when fixing the car
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I'm a little surprised that I would have bought this pump if there had been a problem! I live and die by reviews and hate to buy crap! I keep all of my paperwork and I will find the buy date and compare the reviews for that time. It really has never given me reason to doubt it! Oh well...
You may have the "first batch" where the didn't cut any corners yet lol
It happened to me with few things in the past. Some "updates" are targeted to lower manufacturer costs instead of making a better product. Same thing happened around 2010 with Specialized bikes. I decided to buy previous year model instead of a new one. Old one was 40% cheaper and with overall better components. My LBS employees were scratching their heads while comparing old to new one lol
Reviews are also very important to me...The ones I'm the most interested in are negative ones. They tell me all I want to know.
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Yes! The negative reviews are the most telling. I always go with the "lowest to highest rating".
In my former vocation, I always asked, "What could go wrong?". We all knew what to do if all went according to plan!
Anyways, I'm still looking for recomendations on compressors. I like the idea of a larger, 20-30 gal. upright, 220 compressor. Plenty of power, no recovery time.
So many brands though!
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Don't know how this thread evolved from air compressors to bicycle pumps, but oh well...

Selecting a compressor depends on your needs and budget. There are two basic types- direct drive oil-less, and belt drive oil bath. The less expensive ones tend to be the direct drive models. For most applications they're fine, but the belt drive models are much quieter and provide cooler and drier air. Gather up the air tools you intend to use and check the requirements as far as CFM and pressure, and select output and tank size as required. Then let your budget be your guide.

Brands are less important. I've seen $100, 2 horse Harbor Freight units that are still working good after a few years. It all depends on the usage. Or you could spend a couple grand on an IR or similar. It depends on your needs.
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I think it evolved because most of us don't use compressors for bike tires.
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I have a 30 gallon 5hp 220v Craftsman compressor that's about 25 years old and still going strong. It's in cabinet outside the garage and is powered up all of the time. I thought it had died, but then I discovered the circuit breaker on the motor. I also have a Medai Top Super floor pump that I bought 40 years ago, but I mostly use the compressor for bike tires. I've never had a problem doing so, but I inflate carefully.

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I use presta valves, so...I use a bicycle pump! Canondale. It works... I'd like a Silca, someday!

My dad uses his harbor freight compressor for his bike. He sets the pressure output to what he wants and fills the tires. He does not have presta valves... I told him just to get a hand pump as its easier! By the time you fish out the pump, hose, head and get it filled to pressure, I can have a tire filled from zero!
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The type of valve means nothing. There are adapters. Mine has a brass Silca end. All nine of my bikes have Presta valves.

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the one at the Bike shop .. but they set the regulator at 80psi,

so for above that , you top off them with the floor pump.

the shop has a Y in the hose and 2 head types .
heres a 3 in one http://www.efficientvelo.com/product/3-in-one/


I rebuilt my old 125psi Craftsman compressor after my ride. It had almost tipped over and starved the machine of oil.
Frozed the crank! Broke it down and provided manual agitation to the offending parts! Working!
frozed? your english teacher will be disappointed in you.. spell check got out the red underline.

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