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Portable Jumpstart/Compressor

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by deere615, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    Does anyone keep these in there truck? I found a good deal on a Vector 450 amp 265psi compressor combo and I thought it would be a good thing to have especially for winter.
  2. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. drainedpatience

    drainedpatience LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    I keep one on my truck, use to keep just an air tank, but always would to forget to fill it up when it got low. I absolutely don't know how I got by without one. Charge holds for a long time on new ones. Get one, you won't regret it.
  4. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    I have the jump starter in my toolbox and a small air tank...the compressor/starter sounds pretty cool though.
  5. bigcountry01

    bigcountry01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    man i wish i had one yesterday..was out on the far end of town on a leaf removal job(where we usually dont work) and i left my keys in the ignition in the "start" position on accident. It was a 2.5 hr job so needless to say my battery was toast. It had gone dead several times before so it doesnt have much life left. Called AAA but a jump starter would of been so much quicker and easier.
  6. bblawncare

    bblawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    I carry a small Honda 2000 watt generator and a 150 psi pancake compressor in my van and also have a portable jumpstart. After the hurricanes of 04 & 05 down here I learned how invaluable this set up can be-not just following the storms, but on a regular basis in the field. I got so many flat tires and damaged mower blades from hitting debris I knew I had to find a way to fix those problems myself and keep working. And now I still carry a jungle jim jack, an impact wrench and keep at least 1 extra set of sharpened blades in the van so I can change blades in the field if necessary. I can also fill up tires on any of the mowers, trailer or van if necessary-and believe me, it has been necessary numerous times. I also use the generator to power drills or saws when a landscape project requires more power than my battery powered tools provide. This way I do not have to rely on the customer to have a convenient outdoor receptacle. And again, this has been necessary quite often. I may be a "girl", but don't let that fool you- I can work! (absolutely no disrespect to any women intended by that comment!!)
  7. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Remember that the compressors are only meant to run for short periods of time 6-8 minutes, then shut it down to cool off, or you'll cook the compressor. I once had a Jeep CJ5 that had a battery with a dead short in it (I just thought that the battery was old and dead) Used to carry most of my snap on tools in it for farm repairs, so I didn't want to leave it in a shopping center p-lot in the bad side of town, so I hooked a Sam's club jump battery to it, started it up and got 5 miles closer to home before the cooking plastic alerted me to the fire under the hood. Shoulda unhooked the old battery first! Anyway only had to park in an friend's p-lot, and walk 2 miles instead of 7. As the jump battery was pretty new, took it back to Sam's club and got it exchanged no problem!:laugh::laugh:
  8. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    I have the jumpstart but no compressor. Has saved my rear more than a few times. I too just keep and air tank in the basket of the trailer. Those compressors you are talking about never have really impressed me.
  9. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,676

    Thanks guys, I am still debating to go buy one, I know if I don't I will be punching myself when my truck battery dies somewhere one me!
  10. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    we had one..it was yellow and i think it came out of northern tool...it didn't work worth a damn, set it back and got another and that one didn't work...the "jump start" feature is strong enough to start a lawn mower...at most and the compressor couldn't pump up a F150 tire...get yourself some jumper cables, theres always someone around

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