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Anyone ever run an on-board air compressor? What setup?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Chop Stuff Up, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    I have a 2HP 8 gallon 120v compressor now, I want to be able to run air tools off of my truck. I'm thinking of just running this off of a 1,500 or 2,500 watt power inverter. I can't find anything that tells me how many watts a 2hp compressor actually draws. And whether the power inverter would be the best option, or if I should consider a gas generator. Or if there is any such thing as a decent 12v air compressor capable of running air tools.
  2. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,804

    2 gallons will run out fast with air tools!
  3. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    Who said anything about 2 gallons?
  4. Potomac Lawns Inc.

    Potomac Lawns Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    instead of a generator why not buy a gas air compressor
  5. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    :hammerhead: why didn't I think of that.
  6. CrystalCreek

    CrystalCreek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,453

    AWDirect.com They sell heavy towing gear and some awesome 12 volt compressors. Very expensive. I think its under the truck tools section. I will try to find them and post a link.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    You can get a Vmac underhood compressor but your looking at big bucks. Your other option is build some reserve tanks something you could saddle mount on under the box. The compressor you keep in the box or the portable one can be small enough that you can move around. You use the little compressor to feed your reserve tank and you work off the reserve tank.

    The gas powered compressors are heavy and you would have to perminately mount it.

    Even with a reserve tank mounted under the truck you can go to a gas station and fill the tank up with their tire filling station.
  8. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,804

    read wrong..2hp not gallons..:hammerhead:..but 8gallons is still very little...I have a 25Gallons and it runs out fast.
  9. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,460

    Forget all that mess and get a CO2 tank. Look up Powertank.
  10. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,445

    I have always carried a 25 gallon compressor in my truck bed, it's electric I mainly use it for tire inflation, lug nuts, breaking spindle nuts & bolts loose, use the blow gun for onsite equipment cleaning.

    I would not want to be caught with less than a 25 gallon compressor. If I am running low on air pressure, and I cannot find a electrical outlet I conserve air volume, and only use the air impact for the intial breaking loose of nuts & bolts.

    My biggest problem hasd always been theaft, Folks love stealing air compressors

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