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Old 06-20-2007, 05:57 PM   #1
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Looking for a decent tire pump - bicycle hand pump style. No outdoor outlets for an air compressor , so I'm looking to replace my not-so-handy hand tire pump . The one I have is at best 'ok' ( a wallyworld special )- real tough to get it locked on to the valve stem and once it's locked on(after leaking out 10 psi ) takes around 30 pumps to reclaim the 10 + 25 pumps per 5 psi . I know I'm probably asking a bit much of it but it's what I have to work with . Besides they are light and fit in the car for those last second psi adjustments

Any recommendations for a decent, long lasting & garaunteed-to-add-air-not hiss-most-of-it-out tire pump ?
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Old 06-20-2007, 06:49 PM   #2
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I've got a Top Peak Joe Blow pump, and while it is a terrific pump, the valve fitting infuriates me nearly every time I use it for the reason you stated. Today I bought a tire chuck for my air compressor however and it is the most simple and effective valve fitting I've ever used, with a little spring loaded clip that only takes one hand and light thumb pressure to operate and lock on. It makes me wonder why such things don't exist on hand pumps.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:01 PM   #3
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Harbor Freight has a white big bore long stroke hand pump that I find works very well up to 100 psi into a 10 gallon air tank gives a nice workout and it has an outside cylinder that moved up and down and gets hot at the top and a good clamp on nozzlewhich doesn't leak. It can beat the typical 12 volt powered air compressor.
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T'ja! No doubt there . I'm almost going to guess a hose / chuck swap is in order .

Harbor Freight ? I never thought to look there . Thanks !
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:21 PM   #5
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This is for inflating car tires?
I use a 5 gallon air tank, the original tire inflator hose replaced with a ~2 foot hose with a typical air tool quick-connect on the end. I fill it off my compressor, but one could just as easily fill it with a small plug-in air pump... It would take longer, that's all.
The quick connect lets me attach air tools such as an impact gun to take off a wheel's worth of lugnuts, or an inflator. For tires, I use a nice Harbor Freight inflator, the long tire chuck thing replaced with one of the spring clip chucks that Snax mentioned.
The tank is a bit bulky to carry around in the car, so I guess that tosses it to the back of the pack, option-wise, but I thought I would throw it out there just the same.
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Old 06-20-2007, 08:25 PM   #6
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I need to get a 5 gal. air tank. Gets old having to go to the compressor all the time....
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Old 06-20-2007, 10:36 PM   #7
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I have a 5 and a 10 gallon and it is a lot faster inflating and quieter too with the 10 I put the female quick connect air hose fitting to accept the pressure regulator and valve chuck or longer hoses.
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A tank type would be nice for sure but in a 700 sq foot apartment not including the dog ...not much room for that .
Will have to look into that spring clip chuck though and adapt it to a hand pump .
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Whatever you do, don't get something that's $4 and plugs into your cigarette lighter. It might do in an emergency, but it's loud and it doesn't do the trick. Spend a bit more and get something solid.

I have no brand name suggestions, just a 'what not to do' story.

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Old 06-21-2007, 09:20 AM   #10
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Yeah spend at least $12 on an eletric pump version then take it apart and lube it with some good synthetic to make it last longer and run better.

I have a beat up version of this one and it runs great and provides 12 volt power via a lighter plug for other things as well. I use it to charge up the 10 gallon tank to 100psi.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...roduct_id=3992
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