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    Recommendations for Small Cheap Air Compressor???

    I've converted to tubeless tyres on both my road bike and MTB for the last few years and have managed to struggle by with a track pump and C02 inflators for maintenance etc. But I think the time has now come to invest in a small air compressor for the shed.

    Not so easy as I know nothing whatsoever about them it seems and theres so much choice. Basically I want it to inflate tyres to start with, not cost much and run off the mains. Any ideas and/or recommendations??

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    I bought one from Aldi a good few years back but Iíve seen them come up a few times itís been great for blowing car tyres up, paddling pools, kids bikes etc etc . I canít remember the cost but it was typical Aldi cheap itís been brilliant, worth keeping an eye out

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    I've got the aldi one too. It's made by wolf.
    I'm pretty sure these are the same things
    https://www.ukhs.tv/Tools/Garage-and...07234106562311

    I paid about 100 for mine and its been very useful for basic stuff and a few small tools.

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    I didn't bother with a compressor just bought an Airshot and charge it with my track pump for seating tubeless. Works every time so if you will only use the compressor for tyres this may be the solution.

    http://www.airshotltd.com/

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    If itís just for tyres this is should do. Once itís full it should fit in the boot in case you need to inflate a tyre where ever you are.

    Draper 02115 6L Oil-Free Air Compressor (1.2kW) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N6Y81...XC7A48A0N830ES
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    Aldi are doing an electric one

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/ferrex-1100w-...05065456050400
    A few on singletrack world have said they are fine for tubeless setups. And easy to return if its no good


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    If you really just want to pump up tyres an electric one will be fine.

    I've got a great big Wolf one (50 litre capacity) - Totally over the top for my requirements (In reality it mostly just pumps up tyres!), but it was about £150.

    I wish I'd bought one about half the size, as it would have been fine and taken up far less space in the garage...

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    If it is only for push bike tyres, I got one of these about 18 months ago and it's been good so far and easy to carry with you

    They all look the same in the images but seems to be priced from £35 to almost £100

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portable-El...62986&sr=8-105

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    The trend these days is to buy tools that all use the same battery so if you've got a Makita/Ryobi/DeWalt/Milwaukee battery tool then buy a matching compressor. For example:

    https://www.ffx.co.uk/product/Get/Ma...ator-Bare-Unit
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dc...tor-bare/567kj
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ryobi-R18PI.../dp/B07FNWTTX3

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    I went back to tubes for this reason. It was a PITA seating Maxxis onto Mavic rims. I gave up as I had to go to the garage every time.

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    Sgs engineering have a good selection too.

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    I've still not sorted myself out with a solution! Currently can't decide between this;



    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Topeak-Unis...81PTDCZ3&psc=1

    My current track pump has been playing up for months.

    or this;



    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hyundai-HY5...ci_mcx_mr_hp_d

    Not much difference in cost and maybe will give me more flexibility as It's just for the shed really (no need for portability). Can also use for my motorbike and other stuff too.

    Thoughts, experiences?????
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    Those are very different devices so surely the first thing is to decide what you actually want to do with it? Machine Mart have a good range of compressors:
    https://www.machinemart.co.uk/c/air-compressors/

    If you want an inflator they have a wide range of those as well - the battery ones are great for portability.
    https://www.machinemart.co.uk/catego...Tyre+Inflators

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pointy View Post
    Those are very different devices so surely the first thing is to decide what you actually want to do with it?
    Thanks, see my original post above.......

    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    I've converted to tubeless tyres on both my road bike and MTB for the last few years and have managed to struggle by with a track pump and C02 inflators for maintenance etc. But I think the time has now come to invest in a small air compressor for the shed.

    Not so easy as I know nothing whatsoever about them it seems and theres so much choice. Basically I want it to inflate tyres to start with, not cost much and run off the mains. Any ideas and/or recommendations??

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    I run tubeless on my road bike and use this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B085M2C6...CN8VKDQAHYH524

    I pump my tyres before each ride, takes 10 seconds and you can set the pressure how you want using a digital readout.

    These can be had for less than £50 if shopping around, but you'll need to buy a battery if not already have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~dadam02~ View Post
    I run tubeless on my road bike and use this:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B085M2C6...CN8VKDQAHYH524

    I pump my tyres before each ride, takes 10 seconds and you can set the pressure how you want using a digital readout.

    These can be had for less than £50 if shopping around, but you'll need to buy a battery if not already have one.
    Iíve got a Aldi cheapo job I got about 8 years ago still in service but now Iíd get something like the one above if you need a car inflator.

    For the mtb Iíd give this a shot
    https://youtu.be/NB08gNYrLhI

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    If you happen to have Makita 18v power tools, I can heartily recommend the Makita cordless inflator

    https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/mak...iABEgKYBvD_BwE

    Gets a bit expensive if you have to buy the batteries and charger as well though.

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    Another recommendation for SGS

    https://www.sgs-engineering.com/air-...air-compressor

    I also use a cordless model which works off rechargeable battery or 12v plug in car. I find it very handy when not at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrek View Post
    If you happen to have Makita 18v power tools, I can heartily recommend the Makita cordless inflator

    https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/mak...iABEgKYBvD_BwE

    Gets a bit expensive if you have to buy the batteries and charger as well though.
    I have this as well, it's superb not to be tethered by a cable when inflating my tyres on the car or bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shrek View Post
    If you happen to have Makita 18v power tools, I can heartily recommend the Makita cordless inflator

    https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/mak...iABEgKYBvD_BwE

    Gets a bit expensive if you have to buy the batteries and charger as well though.
    Thanks - I quite liked the look of that until you add a battery (£75) and a charger (£30).

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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    Thanks - I quite liked the look of that until you add a battery (£75) and a charger (£30).
    I see you can buy them together.....

    https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/mak...-5-0ah-battery

    £156 though.....free case.

    Can these inflate presta and schrader straight out of the box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    I see you can buy them together.....

    https://www.powertoolworld.co.uk/mak...-5-0ah-battery

    £156 though.....free case.

    Can these inflate presta and schrader straight out of the box?
    Yes, and no. The Makita fits on a schrader valve out the box, but if you want to fit to a presta valve you have to screw on a presta to schrader converter. Takes 2 secs though in reality, and the converter clips onto the body of the compressor so its to hand always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    Thanks - I quite liked the look of that until you add a battery (£75) and a charger (£30).

    Yep you'd want to already be in the Makita 18V battery Eco system or be thinking about joining. Once you have a few batteries and a charger it's amazing what good value the bare tools are though. Very high quality kit too, I never thought I'd find a battery powered leaf blower that was more powerful than my previous petrol one, but it is and by quite some margin on it's highest setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~dadam02~ View Post
    Yes, and no. The Makita fits on a schrader valve out the box, but if you want to fit to a presta valve you have to screw on a presta to schrader converter. Takes 2 secs though in reality, and the converter clips onto the body of the compressor so its to hand always.
    Does it come with the converter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    Does it come with the converter?
    Yes

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    Recommendations for Small Cheap Air Compressor???

    Hhhmmmm Iím now informed that to seat tubeless tyres the Ďlitres per miní is the important stat. As itís the power of the blast of air coming out I guess.

    The Makita only has 12 l/min whereas the Hyundai has 120 l/min.

    Anyone who understands this stuff agree or disagree???


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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    Hhhmmmm Iím now informed that to seat tubeless tyres the Ďlitres per miní is the important stat. As itís the power of the blast of air coming out I guess.

    The Makita only has 12 l/min whereas the Hyundai has 120 l/min.

    Anyone who understands this stuff agree or disagree???


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    You wonít seat a tyre with the makita did you see the YouTube link I posted about using a plant sprayer as a mini compressor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Morgan View Post
    You wonít seat a tyre with the makita did you see the YouTube link I posted about using a plant sprayer as a mini compressor?
    I did thanks but I don't have one of those either, so if I'm going to buy something I might as well get the proper tool.

    Problem is I'm still not sure what that is.....

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    The topeak one you linked to will do the job seating tubeless. I have an airshot type one you pressureise with a trAck pump but it has broken two track pumps am thinking of getting the aldi one above


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    Local motor factors usually have models not much over £100

    You'll need a few fittings and a hose but you'll have change out of £200

    I got one 4/5 years ago and it's still going strong

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    I use a Joe Blow and a Specialized Air Tool Blast. £90 all in and seats the tyre first time, every time. Having the two separate devices means not carting around the extra weight of the air cylinder when using the pump day-to-day.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Topeak-Blow.../dp/B07DNZJYJH

    https://www.rutlandcycling.com/acces...r-pump__372767

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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    I did thanks but I don't have one of those either, so if I'm going to buy something I might as well get the proper tool.

    Problem is I'm still not sure what that is.....
    That’s fair enough, though those sprayers are £5-10 for something you use infrequently, with two mountain bikes running tubeless I use my compressor 2-3 times a year when I top up the tubeless solution or change tyres.

    If you compare the sprayers to an airshot inflator or the combined pump and vessel you posted they have significantly more volume which means more air to blow the tyre onto the rim.

    Obviously you could buy an airshot or similar, I think they are around the £30 mark used on eBay, closer to £50 new and a new track pump and / or electric inflator, just pointing out you’ll be spending ~ 10x when unnecessary
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