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    Default On board air for farm truck

    Looking for economical/cheap way to add on board air to my F-550. I want to be able to inflate tires, blow hay/grass off machinery.

    Don't have a fortune to spend. Air comp needs to be outside-no place to store inside (unless I can fit in a tool box mounted on bed). Need pretty strong air reserve for backhoe/farm tractor tires.

    Anyone got ideas & suggestions for a budget-minded system?

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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    probably not the exact route you were looking for, but around 20 years ago i remember reading an article about a 4x4 build where they were using an old a/c compressor for onboard air. they built tube bumpers that were connected as the reservoir. i have no idea if/how well this worked, but you can probably search and find articles about it, assuming it worked.

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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    Maybe something like this POWERTANK - CO2 Air Systems
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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    Lostcause, you are right. 4X4 people use air cond. compressors for air a lot. Needs to have a cut out switch to keep from blowing the air hose apart.

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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    Viair can be hiden and a small hotdog tank will go along way for airing up tires.

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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    I have a AC compressor on my Scout that is setup as OBA and it works great. I used it to run my framing nailer when I was building fence rather then run an extension cord or a bunch of hose.
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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    For the budget minded air solution, with those with gasser engines, borrow a cylinder from the engine under the hood occasionally.
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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    For those with a diesel engine an exhaust brake (Jake break) can be installed which is actuated via an air compressor (e.g. Pacbrake). This might or might not provide enough flow depending upon your application, although for some vehicles a larger compressor can be installed. The exhaust brake is desirable in any case for towing. Another option might be a dual winch/air compressor (winch motor has option to drive an air compressor), like the Warn Powerplant.
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    Default Re: On board air for farm truck

    if you had room for a 30g air tank, you could precharge it at home off a real compressor, and then put it on a tire inflator compressor either with a toggle switch, or using a pressure switch like for a well to switch power on. ( not an unload switch ).

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