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Old 06-04-2012   #1
 
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Raft pump

I've been using a small shopvac, but the hose fits like crap and we end up handpumping for 10minutes to topoff. Any recommendation for a lightweight electric pump? Everything I see online seems seriously overpriced.

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Old 06-04-2012   #2
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I have NRS Blast inflator type NRS Blast Inflator Pump at NRSweb.com and it works great and blows plenty of air. I also use a shop vac from Home Depot to inflate the volume as well, it's a cheap solution. My Blast inflator is tucked away and my shop vac is always in the garage and handy. I bought the shop vac from Home Depot for $20 and it just sits on the 5g bucket. The NRS pump cost me around $60 used.
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My cheep coalman has worked strong for 4 years. But I am also a cheep bastard.
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I have NRS Blast inflator type NRS Blast Inflator Pump at NRSweb.com and it works great and blows plenty of air. I also use a shop vac from Home Depot to inflate the volume as well, it's a cheap solution. My Blast inflator is tucked away and my shop vac is always in the garage and handy. I bought the shop vac from Home Depot for $20 and it just sits on the 5g bucket. The NRS pump cost me around $60 used.
Similar to what we use. I have a little small ammo can that the pump and a motorcycle battery fit in nicely. It will inflate 4 boats and have plenty of juice left over.

At home I built an adapter for my air compressor but WARNING... you have to be careful so you don't over inflate.

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Old 06-04-2012   #5
 
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I bought a Kwik Tek Airhead High Pressure Air Pump off of amazon for $45 and have used it many times for my 13 ft raft. It is plenty powerful and small but cheaper than the NRS unit. It hooks up to the battery but wished the wires were longer. Never thought of using a motercycle battery like one of the previous posts, great idea! I like the different attachments and they are firmly tied to the unit so they are not floating about.
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Old 06-04-2012   #6
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I am wanting to try out a gas powered leaf blower for put in inflation. Then I could also do some camp maintenance.

Get rid of all those pesky pine needles and clean up fire pan debris if any.....
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Old 06-04-2012   #7
 
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I bought a Kwik Tek Airhead High Pressure Air Pump off of amazon for $45 and have used it many times for my 13 ft raft. It is plenty powerful and small but cheaper than the NRS unit. It hooks up to the battery but wished the wires were longer. Never thought of using a motercycle battery like one of the previous posts, great idea! I like the different attachments and they are firmly tied to the unit so they are not floating about.
I have a similar pump with the Sevelor brand (I've seen other names on them too) that I bought about 7? years ago and have been very happy with it. I added about 15' of 12/2 wire so I could fill the entire boat on the trailer with the pump connected at the back of the car and a short piece of hose that fits all my valves. It still puts out over 1.8 PSI (I just checked it) and has taken lots of abuse, I don't think you could go wrong for $45.00.
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Leaf Blower

I use an electric leaf blower with BBQ sauce bottle cut in half and taped to the business end. It is useful in the garage but not many other places. The blower runs a little hot by the end. Away from home I use the NRS Blast and a barrel pump.
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Old 06-05-2012   #9
 
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I have a kwik tek air head as well it pumps my cat up in about two minutes.

Kwik Tek Airhead 120V Air Pump at MacksPW.com
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We have used the NRS Blaster multiple times but their motors seem to die out after about 3-4 years.

Just got the Bravo BTP High Pressure pump and really like it more than my previous NRS. It has an 8' tube attachment that makes it easier to inflate the tubes farther from a truck battery. It also has a system that allows you to set the pressure and walk away with automatic shut off. Has been nice to use thus far but have no input on durability.
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