Need input on air compressor vs air tank


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Old 05-18-20, 09:10 PM
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Need input on air compressor vs air tank

Not sure this is in the right place, so forgive me if it's not.
I need to get something to keep tires inflated, but that's about it. I'm not running any air powered equipment or air brushes etc. Just something so I don't have to take the tire off the car or lawn mower and carry it down to the gas station.

I'm considering either a 1-2 Gallon tank type compressor or just a tank. If I understand this, the tank is just a tank of compressed air, and I can refill it at the gas station now and then when I need it.

So, that's where I need my input. What has worked and NOT worked for you?
 
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Old 05-18-20, 09:36 PM
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No problem..... moved to machinery forum.

A pancake compressor and tank is a worthwhile purchase. The tank can stay charged for quick jobs. Sure beats having to run to the gas station. The Craftsman unit is pretty reliable. If you're looking for something inexpensive you can check at Harbor Freight.

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Old 05-19-20, 06:41 AM
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I have both air compressors and a portable air tank. The air tank almost never gets used. It's big & heavy and still only holds enough air to inflate one car tire if it's pretty low. A small air compressor would be a much better buy in the long run. I too recommend a 120 volt compressor as they are much more powerful but the little 12v DC ones do work. They are very loud and slow but they do work.
 
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Old 05-18-20, 09:41 PM
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I agree, a compressor would be a lot better to have than just an air tank. Assuming you have electricity where you have the flat.
 
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Old 05-18-20, 09:42 PM
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Thanks for the move. don't know how I missed that forum. LOL
I've been searching for the right unit. I don't want to spend a lot for something that's going to be used only
once in a while. But at the same time, I don't want to get a piece that won't last.

Thanks for the input, I really appreciate it.
 
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Old 05-18-20, 09:47 PM
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You can't beat $40 for a seldom used compressor.
 
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Portable air tanks are nice but I couldn't imagine having to go to a gas station to fill it up. If I remember correctly my tank barely holds enough to fill a flat car tire. Once the pressure in the tank equals the pressure in the tire it quits pumping. A small compressor would be fine for your intended use although it's easy to outgrow one once you find other uses for air tools.
 
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Thinking outside the box.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/BLACK-DE...RH5B/203613410
Since buying one of these a few years ago it's gotten me and several other people out of some jambs.
I even used it during a power outage to run a light and charge my phone and lap top.
Just have to remember to charge it back up about once a month.
 
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Suggest a 120 vac powered tankless compressor. Just plug it into an outlet when you need air and remove plug when done. If you frequently need air for the tires when away from home, a 12 vdc powered tankless compressor would be better or in addition to the AC powerd unit. The 12 vdc unit can be powered directly from the car's battery or the cigarette lighter socket.
 
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Old 05-19-20, 06:44 AM
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I have both air compressors and a portable air tank. The air tank almost never gets used.
Me too, I have gone a year or so without using the portable tank but every now and again it comes in handy. Mine is long past the discard by date but then it isn't abused or left out in the weather.
 
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18 V tire inflator works fine for me. This is Ryobi but most popular brands have similar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPy9m10gs-A
 
 

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