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Old 02-03-2010   #21
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Originally Posted by gbmaz View Post
lhowemt - have you ever used your K40 to blow up your little cat all the way?
If so was it pretty lame vs a floor pump? Or not that bad with that size boat?
Nope, always used the LVM inflator when inflating from flat.

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Old 02-03-2010   #22
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Originally Posted by HPMG View Post
Thanks lhowemt, I was picturing a rechargable battery powered unit....wishful thinking.
with my LVM I just went to batteries plus or whatever you have and get a small 7 to 12 amp 12 volt battery and a little charger. kind of like a small motorcycle battery. then you don't have to mess with the car which is a pain and makes it portable. one charge will last a few inflate/deflate cycles if needed.

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Old 02-15-2012   #23
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Reviving this post in hopes somebody can tell me if paying the large chunk of money to get the K40 is worth it, compared to just getting the K200? I have used a barrel pump w/ hose for years, but go through about 1 per year.

I transport the boat on a trailer and it only usually requires topoffs from launch and overnights...

Thanks in advance for replying.
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Old 02-16-2012   #24
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kilroy, i wouldn't count out the k-100 from what you are talking about too. i got one a two seasons ago and love the thing. very,very compact and easy work with but it really doesn't take but a few minutes to top up a soft boat on a cold AM,ect. the narrow diameter makes it easy pumping. even more so for the last pumps for the very final top off strokes. quality at $75 so far.

it's not something you ever want to do a fully deflated raft with though unless it's just a freak emergency. it is big difference when you don't already have some volume in the raft. big difference.

and this from a guy who's other pump is the gigantic nrs 6" barrel pump.

anyway,just throwing it out there. good luck.
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Old 02-16-2012   #25
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Use 12v interdynamics cheapie to get 90% there in no time at put in. Nrs barrel pump for last 10%. Big pump is staying in the truck on multidays now that i got a big earl it comes with a kpump 100. The 1 in 12 trips that i need to patch a raft i'll labor it out
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Old 02-16-2012   #26
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Make sure of your valve position on the boat before you buy a K pump. I bought one a few years back and have a few boats like my Mini Mee amd a couple of old Avons with the valves on the inside of the tubes. The Mini Mee doesn't have enough room between the tubes to get a straight shot on the valve to top it off. If the old Avons are loaded you must move everything in it's way to get a straight shot on the valve. I really like the pump, but I really bought it for the Mini Mee which it doesn't work on. Check your valve placement before you buy one.
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Old 02-16-2012   #27
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I carry a "cheap" wonder pump for topping off. Smallish (i store it in aldo old, mostly drybag that keeps the grit out). Long hose, double action, and at about $35 not a heart breaker if i lose/damage it. Has never failed in the field & many times has been the only working pump at the put in. My last one lasted 7 years til someone stepped on it & it cracked. #2 is coming on its 3rd season & i saved all the guts from the old one for spare parts.

I have blown up my ocelot with it by myself. Not too bad really, but i wouldn't want to do my el tigre with it. Electric for that & then top off.

From a cheap bastard point of view, its a great pump.
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Old 02-16-2012   #28
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Great thoughts, and I like the price of the K100 &K200 better.

I need to pull the boat out and check valve position. I know for sure that they are on the inside, so the KPump would be completely horizontal. Not sure about the thwarts - which could be critical in pump selection.

It's a 1994 Achilles 14' bucket boat with military valves.

Thank you for the useful information.
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Old 02-16-2012   #29
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they do come with an adapter that allows you to pump at a 45 degree angle or so, as well. not as easy as straight on but gets the job done. i have to use it on my floor valve for my older avon for the final pumps. may or may not help you out but just so you know.

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