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    I buy these small air compressors at garage sales or second hand stores for $5 and less. This is one I bought this summer at the second hand store for $3.
    This is my favorite because it's direct drive with a large motor, so it's a little faster and quieter than the gear reduction types. Too bad all the accessories are gone, but it does it's main job of inflating tires.

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  • #2
    Have you tried it on 6V? I have a similar one and on 6V it runs 'till 33psi then stops. Perfect! Fast idle (7.2V) it locks up at 38psi. A little slow, but much less work than the hand pump with an absolutely empty freshly patched inner tube!
    Mechanical engineering 101: If you put an adjustment knob, screw, bolt, or tolerance specs on something, some people will immediately fiddle with it. If you mark it DO NOT TOUCH everyone will mess with it.


    • #3
      Mike, yes, I have the same results when I tried it on 6 volts.
      BTW, this is from your home town. The label reads: Brown Corporation, Chicago, IL.


      • #4
        I once bought a Ford Fiesta that had one of these "Lighter Socket Air Compressors" in it. I never tried it on 6 volts, but works just fine on 12v. The lighter socket eventually melted, so I cut it off and put small battery clips on it. Now just connect it to the battery.
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