Are PCL tyre inflator s all the same?

Are PCL tyre inflator s all the same?

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sparkythecat

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7,491 posts

224 months

Saturday 10th July
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I want a new PCL tyre inflator for my compressor. Aside from linear and digital, are there any other differerences in the specs of which I should be aware? There seems to be a fairly wide spread of prices, for what appear to be the same products.

Chris32345

1,673 posts

31 months

Sunday 11th July
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Not really. Wouldn't think there a massive range in quality in these things (unlikel the 12v things)


The accuracy of gauges and how well out together they are is likely to be the main difference

dhutch

8,656 posts

166 months

Sunday 11th July
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PCL is a brand, not a type.

I don't know the answer, but I'm interested to know.


Daniel

bluezedd

957 posts

51 months

Monday 12th July
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It's more of a feature difference rather than a difference in accuracy.

E.g. do you want a mechanical gauge like the airforce mk4? Also which model do you want?

I went for one with a long flexable rubber hose so I could stand up and use it. I also didn't go for the solid chuck because that makes life hard for motorbike use.

I didn't go for a digital one because of the need for batteries, and also I am likely to abuse and drop it. Knowing PCL, the digital one may actually be really durable, but I didn't want to take the risk.

In retrospect I think I went for too long a hose on mine, to the point it isnt that convenient to carry out to the driveway

I believe PCL also sell rebranded versions of their same models. i seriuosly doubt there's any difference between the different branded ones and the pcl ones.

bluezedd

957 posts

51 months

Monday 12th July
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Ah I didn't realise that PCL sold a blow gun style. The blow gun style will highly likely not be anywhere near as accurate as the Mk4 air force one. The blow gun one looks like the cheap Chinese ones which you can get from any manufacturer and I'd expect it to be of lower quality. I suspect pcl might buy them in.

The thing is I have an almost identical china blow gun one and I often pick it over my airforce because it's lighter and good for jobs where I'm just dumping air into a tyre without setting the pressure. Eg seating the bead or inflating tyres on a parts car.

They both have their role in my garage. The pcl is heavy but good for setting pressure without a separate gauge. I use the pcl when I'm doing the tyre pressure on multiple cars and bikes.

If I'm being honest I don't need a pcl airforce and I'd guess that probably most people on here would be fine with the china one plus an accurate standalone pressure gauge. I like it though and tools make me happy. The Mk4 is more for a garage business.



Edited by bluezedd on Monday 12th July 17:23

dhutch

8,656 posts

166 months

Monday 12th July
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This is the thing. I can't understand why you can't have a blowgun type with a decent quality valve and gauge.