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Looking for something simple that will inflate car/motorcycle tires.

Anyone have a good machine they'd recommend? Not looking to spend a fortune.

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Looking for something simple that will inflate car/motorcycle tires.

Anyone have a good machine they'd recommend? Not looking to spend a fortune.

Thanks.
I have had a little 2 gallon campbell hausfeld compressor for years that works great for that. Usually you can find it with a brad nailer for 100 bucks or so. I also have one that plugs into the cigarette lighter but it takes forever to fill up the tires on my F250 (takes 75-80 lbs of pressure).

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You got to spend a couple hundred bucks to get a compressor that will fill a tire in a reasonable amount of time (less than a minute on a soft car tire). Unless you are using the compressor in your garage for other things its probably not worth the money, compared to spending a buck at a gas station every few months.

On a 700 mile vacation trip home with a slow leak in a car tire I learned that all Sheetz gas stations have free air pumps. From that one sketchy road trip they have earned my business for a long time to come.

If you want to get a compressor for tires, make sure its at least 1 HP. I have a small airbrush compressor that I use for bicycle tires, and it can take 5 minutes to inflate a soft car tire.
 

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A good hand pump is faster than a lighter-plug 12V compressor.

Those bell pumps are pretty decent too. I have one I bought in 2000 for bicycle tires and it can still put 110 psi into a tire.

The nice thing about hand pumps is you get some feedback on the handle, you can get pretty good at guessing the pressure based on how it feels.

If you are seriously thinking of getting a hand pump, make sure its a T handle like the Bell in the link. Those little bicycle tube pumps that you have to hold both ends with both hands are terrible to use.
 
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