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Old 11-29-2014, 07:51 AM   #1
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Tire Inflator Gauge Combo or Separate?

Folks: I have a reasonably equipped home garage with an assortment to tire gauges and fill guns. My favorite is from PowerTank, but it only goes to 60 psi. With the RV, NOTHING in my arsenal seems to work well. I cannot get the chuck-lock types to get to the valve stems and even the extended solid-tube dual end types "for trucks" seem to let out more air than put it in.

So, should I try for another combo fill-gun with gauge or just go old-school and fill with a chuck, then use a gauge? I would GREATLY prefer a gun-gauge combo, but not sure what to get that can read up to 110 psi and have a chuck that actually works.

Please help, I am driving around with misc. tire pressures (I have a new TPS system).

Thanks
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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I would get both of these.

Milton Deluxe Service Dual-Head Tire Gauge 10160 PSI, Model# S-976 | Dry Gauges| Northern Tool + Equipment

The gauge can be used when on the road without the need to have it connected to a compressor.
Milton Window Inflator Air Gauge Dual-Head Straight Chuck, 1/4in. Inlet, Model# S-516 | Dry Gauges| Northern Tool + Equipment

The combination inflator/gauge can be used at home. It requires 1 less step when checking and airing up the tires. Motorhome Magazine did an article on inflators and gauges a few years ago. The Milton gauge was picked as the most accurate of all the gauges tested, including much more expensive digital ones.

I've had both these units (or their predecessors) since owning a service station in the 1970's. They work great and are extremely dependable.
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:23 AM   #3
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I would stay with separate, AND get a couple of the stand alone gauges. I like the "Accutire" gauge which are available on e-bay for abut $12 ea.
The problem with having more than one gauge, is that they usually read differently.
Just decide which one is the most accurate and use it for a reference. Just because it is digital, does not mean it is accurate. But digitals are the easiest to read. I know the gauge on my inflator is +2psi. So I fill it 2PSI higher and then confirm with my reference gauge.


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I've had good luck with this one: http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumati...rds=astro+3081
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Old 11-29-2014, 10:29 AM   #5
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Same one for me:

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Old 11-29-2014, 11:58 AM   #6
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air chuck

Put a peice of pipe between the end of the hose and the chuck and be able to reach the inside dual.

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Can you check the tire pressure without being connected to the compressor?
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When connected to tire valve gives pressure reading. Press lever down part way to bleed off some pressure. Press all the way to inflate.
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I have a milton S506 Dual head inflator and I don't like it. To hard to read the gauge, I have to put on my reading glasses. Also it will not check the air pressure without being connected to the compressor and it does not clip on the tire valve so if the tire need a lot of air I have to hold it. On the good side it's very accurate and it does not require batteries.
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Valve Pal

Valve Pal.

They are terrific. All your inflation needs are met!

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X2 on the Milton Window Inflator Air Gauge, very
accurate and easy to use. There is a reason why it is
$ 47.99, it has to do with the high quality !
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