The ryobi 18v leaf blower does an unacceptable job at inflating rafts based on my experience.Huh. Ryobi Inflator. I can tell you from firsthand experience that the Makita will only go to like .5-1 PSI before air starts coming out the back, which is really like 95% volume, pretty close. Same with the Milwaukee, same with Dewalt. You still need to do some relatively short work with a manual pump to get it to 2.5 psi.
Ryobi Inflator says goes up to 150 PSI and can be used for a car tire, that shit must have a full on compressor built in. Now I'm jealous. I think the challenge there would be fitting the valve.
I posted before about a guy in Idaho who make raft valve adaptors for the Makita/Milwaukee/Dewalt, but I was able to use one of those clear tubes that comes with a K-Pump and the standard K-Pump black tip to fit it inside my Dewalt. Not a perfect seal but some electric tape helps, after that air starts blowing back out the intake instead of into the raft anyways.
EDIT: looks like there are multiple Ryobi Inflators, the "18V ONE+ DUAL FUNCTION INFLATOR / DEFLATOR" is the bigger one that does 150 psi, but it would be low-volume and super slow. The "High Volume" one says it's max is 0.5 PSI, which is basically the same as all the other ones mentioned above
I can vouch for the Makita. Did our entire parties inflate at Hells last year and one guy was cursing for having just spent money on a car battery pump. Inflated five boats and still had juice left over to deflate them all five days later after sitting in the heat. Highly recommend.if you compare the specs of all of these things, the Makita one looks the best on paper
Have done this before I owned a barrel pump. Which is a big factor that drove me to get a barrel pump.Boy howdy, I can't imagine inflating a boat with a K pump after an on river repair.. They are OK for top off's, but much past that, I think your arm would fall off before you'd get the tube inflated..
I'd worry about what could happen the first time the automatic shut off doesn't function as intended lolI use one like this:
No way to plug in at the put-in? Have no fear, The Bravo BP12 is a 12 Volt inflator that can do it all and has alligator clips or an attachment for the auxiliary (cigarette lighter) outlet for your vehicle. You can fully adjust the PSI for automatic shutoff, all the way up to 14.5 PSI! No more...hyside.com
No extra pump needed, No opening valves and running to close them after inflating. Mine came with about 5 valve attachments to match just about anything out there. These things inflate to the proper PSI every time...and I am off getting geared up while it's working. One of the best investments I made, even for my small raft.
Well...you (and everyone within 50 miles) would hear the boom!I'd worry about what could happen the first time the automatic shut off doesn't function as intended lol
I have it... it works great but you need to top off as others stated.Has anyone tried both the ryobi inflator and the Makita blower? I've already got Makita batteries but the ryobi is on sale right now and it's smaller and lighter if it works just as well...