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Old 03-06-2007, 01:27 PM   #15
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I keep a combo jump start/air compressor/light in my truck all the time. 12 volt and recharges. I bought it at Sam's club for 45 bucks. Use it all the time and have used it to run the trailer lights in storage when my battery was dead.
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Old 03-06-2007, 01:42 PM   #16
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A good (about three times the cost of cheap ones) 12v air compressor is nowhere near the "top", though a 110v model might be climbing on up there. An example of things approaching the top might be my plan to convert the A/C on my old Jeep to a compressor capable of running air tools, and adding a second alternator with diodes suitably bypassed to serve as an emergency booger welder.
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Old 03-06-2007, 04:38 PM   #17
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If you really want a project, and don't want to carry excess equipment…
Simple Jeep mod: Did this on my Jeep and truck.

We air down tires for off roading to 10-12PSI. At end of the trail you need to air up.

I mounted a York upright auto A/C compressor with electric clutch on my Jeep motor. Belt runs right off fan pulley. Piped the air intake into the engine air filter. Output goes to a big truck brake air tank w/ high pressure cutout mounted tucked up along the frame member, then to a quick disconnect air hose fitting on rear bumper.

Start engine, Plug in air hose, flip dashboard switch and Voila…..all the compressed air you could want. Fill tires, run air tools, pressurize water tanks. The only thing to carry is the air hose.

Cost in parts (all used except air lines) about $75. Knowing it’s there to rely on (and I have)….priceless.

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Old 03-06-2007, 04:42 PM   #18
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Gen Juel and i found compressed air cartrages at lowes last night. they hook to a regulator you can air up tires or use a nailgun if you want .thought it was pretty neat. Juel 'Bob
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Rodney,

I bought the Husky 2air talks about (I probably got it as a result of his post) and it works fine around the garage but is more than I would want to carry.

This last weekend I noticed at Harbor Freight a 12V (battery clamp) compressor nice and compact but sturdy for about $60 Harbor Freight Tools then I saw a similar cleaner looking model with the same promises in Costco for about the same price. I'd be interested in what anyone has to say that has tried either the Harbor Freight or the Costco model.
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with 10 tires on the road and the genset handy, i use husky often...

also carry a 12 volt and i've used it on the road when i didn't want to get out the generator. it is soooooooooooo slow.

craftsman now has a 112 volt compressor that is 2/3 the size of the husky.

so it's is easier to carry and store. works well too...

might be the next one to try...

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...I noticed at Harbor Freight a 12V (battery clamp) compressor nice and compact but sturdy for about $60 Harbor Freight Tools then I saw a similar cleaner looking model with the same promises in Costco for about the same price. I'd be interested in what anyone has to say that has tried either the Harbor Freight or the Costco model.
I screwed up the Harbor Freight link. Try:

Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices

This is a Costco link but I'm not sure this was the exact one in the store:

Costco Cyclone High Volume Portable Air Compressor
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