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Old 09-25-2005, 13:03   #1 (permalink)
Lee_D
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Portable (glove box) compressor

A while ago we discussed on board air systems and there was some interest in
a compressor I got for 5 at a forecourt in Dorset touring. Well , just been
to get a gallon of derv for the Rangie so it has sufficent fuel for it's
final trip with us tomorrow and local Morrisons (forecourt shop) are doing
the same compressor 4.99. Nice little unit , fits even in it's box within
the centre cubby box on a Disco 1. Says it's 300psi but hope never to have
the need to test it! I got another for our second car as you can pretty much
guarentee that if I need one it'll be in the other daily driver.

Anyway enough of the hard sell. I should be on commision here! Just though
it worth flagging up again given they are in circulation.

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Old 09-25-2005, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Portable (glove box) compressor

On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 20:01:27 +0100, Lee_D wrote:

> A while ago we discussed on board air systems and there was some
> interest in a compressor I got for 5 at a forecourt in Dorset
> touring.


Saw something that may be the same at Woodall Services on the M1 in
the last couple of weeks, at least I fairly sure it was Woodall might
have been Tibshelf (? Tib somthing...). Tiddly little box 300psi
rating and a gauge at 4.99.

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Old 09-25-2005, 14:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Portable (glove box) compressor

Dave Liquorice wrote:
> On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 20:01:27 +0100, Lee_D wrote:
>
>
>>A while ago we discussed on board air systems and there was some
>>interest in a compressor I got for 5 at a forecourt in Dorset
>>touring.

>
>
> Saw something that may be the same at Woodall Services on the M1 in
> the last couple of weeks, at least I fairly sure it was Woodall might
> have been Tibshelf (? Tib somthing...). Tiddly little box 300psi
> rating and a gauge at 4.99.


Before you get carried away .. just remember that volume not pressure is
the prime requirement when inflating Land Rover-sized tyres. These
little compressors do struggle just a little.
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Old 09-25-2005, 14:01   #4 (permalink)
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"Lee_D" <newsgroupNOSPAM@NOSPAMlrproject.com> wrote in message
news:3poag7Fb7404U1@individual.net...
> A while ago we discussed on board air systems and there was some interest

in
> a compressor I got for 5 at a forecourt in Dorset touring. Well , just

been
> to get a gallon of derv for the Rangie so it has sufficent fuel for it's
> final trip with us tomorrow and local Morrisons (forecourt shop) are doing
> the same compressor 4.99. Nice little unit , fits even in it's box within
> the centre cubby box on a Disco 1. Says it's 300psi but hope never to have
> the need to test it! I got another for our second car as you can pretty

much
> guarentee that if I need one it'll be in the other daily driver.
>
> Anyway enough of the hard sell. I should be on commision here! Just though
> it worth flagging up again given they are in circulation.
>
> Lee D
> --
>
> www.lrproject.com
> Toy list--
> '76 101 Camper (Just don't mention it was a prototype!)
> '64 88" IIa V8 Auto
> '97 Disco ES Auto LPG'd
> '01 Laguna
>

Good things to have about I used one on a few times on Peggy (alloy rash
causing air to bleed off the rim - resealed and moussed to be sure) they are
handy for an alternator check as well plug it in and set it buzzin then fire
up and you will have no doubt whether the alternator is pumping plenty of
juice
Derek


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Old 09-25-2005, 15:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Portable (glove box) compressor

"Dougal" <DougalAThiskennel.free-online.co.uk> wrote in message
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> Before you get carried away .. just remember that volume not pressure is
> the prime requirement when inflating Land Rover-sized tyres. These little
> compressors do struggle just a little.


I should think so too. I was borderline cardiac ward last time I inflated a
Landy rim from flat using a foot pump. :0)

I seem to recall the instructions for my first one (I was on holiday and
short of reading material) suggested no longer than 10 minutes use at any
one time. I'd like to think it would have a tyre inflated in less time than
that. Admittedly it's not going to blow a tyre onto a rim though.

Do you think it would be ok to spray my fence pannels?

:0P

Lee D

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Old 09-25-2005, 15:01   #6 (permalink)
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"Lee_D" <newsgroupNOSPAM@NOSPAMlrproject.com> wrote in message
news:3poag7Fb7404U1@individual.net...
> A while ago we discussed on board air systems and there was some interest

in
> a compressor I got for 5 at a forecourt in Dorset touring. Well , just

been
> to get a gallon of derv for the Rangie so it has sufficent fuel for it's
> final trip with us tomorrow and local Morrisons (forecourt shop) are doing
> the same compressor 4.99. Nice little unit , fits even in it's box within
> the centre cubby box on a Disco 1. Says it's 300psi but hope never to have
> the need to test it! I got another for our second car as you can pretty

much
> guarentee that if I need one it'll be in the other daily driver.
>
> Anyway enough of the hard sell. I should be on commision here! Just though
> it worth flagging up again given they are in circulation.


Just a word of warning though, mine takes forever to blow a tyre up and the
gauge is out by at least 10psi
TonyB


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Old 09-25-2005, 16:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Portable (glove box) compressor

On Sun, 25 Sep 2005 21:24:29 +0100, Mother wrote:

>> I fairly sure it was Woodall might have been Tibshelf

>
> Ah, the repository of 16 odd pints of ATF back in June.
>
> Still there too, on the sliproad (Southbound)...


Woodall or Tibshelf entry or exit slip? Can't say I noticed but there
is normally a lot of spillage on exit slips. I guess diesel from over
full trucks...

As to the little compressors I have a similar thing takes it about a
minute to raise the pressure by a PSI or so on topping up. I think it
would take quite a while from flat but a damn sight easier than the
foot pump!

I do have 255/55R18's but I wonder if the volume of these squatter
fatter tyres is the same as the more standard narrower taller
(235/65R16 or so) ones?

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Old 09-26-2005, 00:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Portable (glove box) compressor

I've had similar experience with the tiddly 300psi compressor. Seemed to
take forever to blow a 235/85 16 up fro 10 psi to 35 psi, then it stopped
working! Motor was going even faster than usual but no air coming out! I
guess some sort of diaphragm thingy has gone bad! What do you expect for a
fiver?!!!

Stew.

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"TonyB" <Norfolk@soxclara.co.uk> wrote in message
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>
> "Lee_D" <newsgroupNOSPAM@NOSPAMlrproject.com> wrote in message
> news:3poag7Fb7404U1@individual.net...
>> A while ago we discussed on board air systems and there was some interest

> in
>> a compressor I got for 5 at a forecourt in Dorset touring. Well , just

> been
>> to get a gallon of derv for the Rangie so it has sufficent fuel for it's
>> final trip with us tomorrow and local Morrisons (forecourt shop) are
>> doing
>> the same compressor 4.99. Nice little unit , fits even in it's box
>> within
>> the centre cubby box on a Disco 1. Says it's 300psi but hope never to
>> have
>> the need to test it! I got another for our second car as you can pretty

> much
>> guarentee that if I need one it'll be in the other daily driver.
>>
>> Anyway enough of the hard sell. I should be on commision here! Just
>> though
>> it worth flagging up again given they are in circulation.

>
> Just a word of warning though, mine takes forever to blow a tyre up and
> the
> gauge is out by at least 10psi
> TonyB
>
>



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Old 09-26-2005, 01:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Portable (glove box) compressor

In article <3poag7Fb7404U1@individual.net>, Lee_D
<newsgroupNOSPAM@NOSPAMlrproject.com> writes
>A while ago we discussed on board air systems and there was some interest in
>a compressor I got for 5 at a forecourt in Dorset touring. Well , just been
>to get a gallon of derv for the Rangie so it has sufficent fuel for it's
>final trip with us tomorrow and local Morrisons (forecourt shop) are doing
>the same compressor 4.99. Nice little unit , fits even in it's box within
>the centre cubby box on a Disco 1. Says it's 300psi but hope never to have
>the need to test it! I got another for our second car as you can pretty much
>guarentee that if I need one it'll be in the other daily driver.
>
>Anyway enough of the hard sell. I should be on commision here! Just though
>it worth flagging up again given they are in circulation.
>
>Lee D


We've had a couple for ages too, and they *are* useful. Coupla points:

- They are high current devices. Fitting a locking cigar-lighter plug
(if that's what you use) is a good idea to prevent overheating. I
usually run the engine whilst pumping the tyres, as the higher voltage
seems to help a lot and it doesn't drain the battery so much. I think
they must pull close on 100W. We've got aux power outlets in the back of
the people-carrier, but I wouldn't be tempted because of the extra cable
length (I always use the lighter socket). Delegating a small child to
hold the plug in is good too!

- naturally the compressor part is crude. The older one of ours was
sounding strained recently, much improved by three-in one oil dribbled
into the cylinder. The gears are greased nylon, so I left those alone. I
think this will be a regular thing.

- Even when well-lubricated they struggle to get to 50PSI. I don't think
the castings could cope with 150, let alone 300!

- the pressure gauges on both of them are wildly off target. Obviously I
use another gauge, but the other thing of concern is that tyre pressures
should be measured cold and the output air gets very hot. Thus I usually
give it about 3 PSI more than spec (on the Landy), less in the winter,
which seems to settle back to the pressure I want.

- they are good for pressure, not volume. The kids nearly knackered one
of ours by trying to use it for an inflatable.

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Old 09-26-2005, 02:01   #10 (permalink)
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In message <dh761q$80p$1@nwrdmz02.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com>, TonyB
<Norfolk@soxclara.co.uk> writes
>the
>gauge is out by at least 10psi


What always gets me about these things is that the gauge does go up to
300psi, but the difference between, say, 20 and 30 psi is about the
width of a part of a gnat's anatomy that can't be mentioned in public.

I can't see why none of the ones I've seen has a gauge that is useful in
the real world.
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