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Old 12-05-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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CMT Air Compressor Kit - opinions? experience?

I realize that on-board air would be ideal (probably), but I was wondering about those portable non-permanent kinds of compressors. I've read some of the posts regarding the Master Flow air compressors and was wondering what everyone thought about this one:

Is it pretty much the same as the MF's? Would this be a good idea to carry in your vehicle (SMB or other vehicle - minivan, car, etc)? Comments? Opinions?

FYI: This wouldn't be for airing up 4 tires or anything hardcore, but more for filling a tire or two that had a slow leak or was just a little low. Kind of like an "emergency" compressor if you need to inflate a tire, or for general tire maintenance.

Please let me know your thoughts! You guys/gals are probably the most well-versed people I know who use such things for vehicles!


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Old 12-05-2008, 08:38 AM   #2
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I've tried a couple of those cheap, little compressors. Claim to be able to deliver 125 or even 200 psi. But, I could never get 50 psi, even deadheaded.

My answer would be to save your money for a real compressor, portable or hard mounted.


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Old 12-05-2008, 10:38 AM   #3
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I have to agree with Mike here Dave. The little ones that plug into the cig lighter are pretty much junk. Costco was, and maybe still is, selling one for around $50 and it's not too bad for emergency work. But still nothing great and a friend had one go bad right away. Not good for something along the lines of emergency gear.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:12 PM   #4
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We have had three in the last few years. Two of them with the Craftsman label on them. They would work for a while, but never seem to last, and this is with no hard core usage.

The latest is a Diehard combo unit with jumpstart and inverter and it will overheat under any sort of extended use.

I have to say I was impressed with the Extreme Air unit during our Big Bend Ranch State Park trip.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:48 AM   #5
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Try this portable air compressor. It works well. ... mber=93186

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