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Old 06-09-2011   #1
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Rechargable Leaf Blower?

I saw the below in an old post................Has anyone else tried using a leaf blower to inflate a raft? Home depot and Lowes have some very reasonably priced rechargable blowers for about $40. Do they generate too much pressure? I could use it for lawn work in the off season also..chuckle...

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I got fed up with all of the 12v blowers that ran off of car batteries. With $10 of PVC and my leaf blower, I can inflate ANYWHERE.

PSI wise it is higher than the small electric ones but a lot less than the generator and red devil the motor rig boys had at Potash last week.

Best of luck, Chris

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Old 06-09-2011   #2
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I use a 40$ electric leaf blower from Lowes to fill, then top off with a Carlson. I take the long black nozzle off and jam on the top half of a BBQ sauce bottle with a piece of garden hose stuck in the top to fit in the valves. Works great, but it's not quite strong enough to fill with the valve stem closed.

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Old 06-10-2011   #3
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I was thinking of doing a similar thing with one of the portable shop vacs such as the DeWalt one that uses the 18V rechargeable batteries, but alas it never came to pass. I do use my big shop vac to fill duckies and my raft at home to dry out etc...way faster than pumping to get the low pressure high volume air in the craft.
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Old 06-10-2011   #4
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The Dewalt shop vacs work excellent for inflating and deflating rafts. I also have a gas powered leaf blower that I adapted to blowing up rafts. You should see the look on peoples faces as you blow off the ground and roll your boat out to inflate it.
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Old 06-10-2011   #5
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I use a Black and Decker Cordless Broom. I found a reducer in the shop vac section of the local Home Depot that reduces from 2" to 3/4" and works great to adapt from the cordless broom to a raft valve. It will fill 4 boats without a problem, then just top off with a barrel pump. It saves from having to keep the boats close to a vehicle for inflating.
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Old 06-10-2011   #6
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This is what we use. 12 V, 14 amp gel motorcycle batter with nrs blast pump. you can take it with you on the river.
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I take the long black nozzle off and jam on the top half of a BBQ sauce bottle with a piece of garden hose stuck in the top to fit in the valves.
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I think that would be his wife Natalie.....

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