Newb here — I need some basic recovery gear and a compressor. Where do I start?

IMO what size tires you have will influence what size of air compressor to use. For up to 31 inch tires the typical smaller 12 volt compressor works (if a bit slow.) For 35 inch or larger tires I prefer an engine mounted, belt driven compressor (York) or a CO2 bottle for fast refills.

Yes, to getting a sturdy recovery point and rear. A kinetic recovery (yank) strap and rated "D" shackles too.

Max Trax are expensive at $300 a pair but will work in sand, snow, mud, etc. and have a life time warranty.

Oh, and be sure to get a real shovel, like a "T" handle one from the local hardware store.

Good luck!
 

bluejeep

just a guy
Don't discount getting a 110V air compressor and in cab voltage inverter (DC to AC). The compressors (mine is from Harbor Freight - been working great for over 10 years) spin at much slower speed, which to me means they will last longer. And the inverter opens up more options for powering things
 

DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
Don't discount getting a 110V air compressor and in cab voltage inverter (DC to AC). The compressors (mine is from Harbor Freight - been working great for over 10 years) spin at much slower speed, which to me means they will last longer. And the inverter opens up more options for powering things
That's an option but consider scale and efficiency.

A small pancake compressor of perhaps 1/3 HP is going to draw around 4 amps on 120V (should be about 500 watts), which means roughly 40 amps on 12V before the inverter inefficiency to get 1 CFM at 40 psi. A Viair 275C will do 1 CFM at 40 psi at a rated max of 18 amps.

The Viair in this case will be $165, give or take. The little HF pancake is about $55 right now and a reasonably decent, suitable inverter perhaps $50. You do save some money although the space difference is significant.

Both approaches have pros and cons is all.
 

amongmany

Member
Thanks for the input folks. I purchased the Ironman compressor on sale, so I'm set there. Will be stocking up on further recovery gear over the next couple of weeks.
 
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