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  1. #1
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    Compressor: more HP or bigger tank

    I bought this compressor:
    CAT-1610A - California Air Tools - The Largest Manufacture of Ultra Quiet, Oil-Free & Lightweight Air Compressors
    It is awesome because it is so quiet. However, I am only 3 for 5 in getting tubeless tires to seat. Specs of what I bought:

    1.0 HP (Rated/Running) - 2.0 HP (Peak)

    1.6 Gallon Aluminum (Rust-Free) Tank

    3.80 CFM @ 40 PSI

    2.35 CFM @ 90 PSI

    If I replace this compressor, should I get a bigger tank, more horsepower, or both? Obviously both will work, but I like the quiet and the same company makes a compressor with a 4.6 gallon tank.

    Thanks in advance.


  2. #2
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    I use mine for more than airing tires but I think to get a good blast you need to have stem free of restriction and just about an open nipple to maxamize your inflation rate. I ran a 7 gallon first then 15 now 27. No problem airing tires with a open fitting to open stem. Tank size is what matters.
    Last edited by tomfs; 02-24-2014 at 11:34 AM. Reason: adding to it

  3. #3
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    CFM is what matters for prolonged use. Tank size can overcome intermittent use (like airing small volume bike tires). Any compressor should work fine for doing tubeless installs. But like tomfs said, procedure is important.

  4. #4
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    for a tire? alls you need is about 2 gallon tank. If you are having trouble remove the valve core. If that doesn't work use a blow gun with a rubber tip, never fails for me.

    For floor pumps I used to double wrap and triple wrap tape over the spoke holes to get the bead to seat.

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