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    Does anyone use CO2 tanks to fill their tires / run air tools on the trail?

    If so, here are my questions.

    1. How much does it cost to fill a tank?
    2. How long does a tank work for?
    3. Ultimately, are they worth the money?

    I've been thinking of getting one to fill my 35's after trail rides, but want to make sure it's worth the investment.
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    costs around $40 to refil, is supposed to fill 20ish or more 35's, I would say its worth it except when it runs out at the critical moment you need it
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    Is that a 20 gal tank?
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    I use a 15lbs tank. It cost me $25 to refill and I get about 40-45 35" tires aired up, depending on how much I air down.

    Is it worth it? YES! It beats the hell out of any electric compressor. The only other real option in my opinion is a York style compressor, but that is big bucks and will cost you the use of your a/c unless you're willing to pay even bigger bucks.
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    go to a welding shop, get a 15lb tank for $96 (purchased, rentals are cheaper), $40 regulator, the another $50 for misc crap and a mount. youll save money over a fancy painted/ aluminum one that has a brand name on it.

    i used to refill my 42's with a 15lb tank and get a trip or 2 out of it airing down to 4-6 psi and random cleaning of air filters, dusting of interiors, and cleaning out the tents before putting them away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailsnail View Post
    Is that a 20 gal tank?
    they go by liquid weight, not actual gal capacity. the other way they are referred to is by cuft.

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    it will work air tools, and all, also? if so, im going to ge me one of these, because i was looking into the whole air compressor, and this seems like a cheaper(better?) set up to run... does anyone have a parts list, and diagram of what i would need to get to run this?

    sorry, im not too familiar with how the whole compressed air thing works, thanks
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    I used CO2 for years and got tired of dealing with it. My advice is either go cheap and get at the harbor freight or the MV 50. I have the Harbor Freight one, the fist one failed pretty quickly than I got the new version and it has worked out good enough.
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    the best setup would be a sanden style a/c compressor converted over to an OBA system. the other option would be something like a VIAIR style compressor with a tank.

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    Thanks guy's, I've been looking into all of these options over the last month. I haven't yet decided on what exactly I want to do, or which way I want to go. I'd like to get good reliable air, but not ready to spend over $700 for a belt driven unit complete with the brackets I need (I have A/C), or $500 for the 100% duty cycle Viair. Hence was thinking of the CO2 tank until I can get the rest of the jeep stuff done. Then would like to get something more permanent.
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