i wrote earlier about my disappointing experience with the flimsy bell 200 foot pump. yesterday i tried without success to air up violet, and resolved to go back to the evil empire and get something that works.
and i think i've done better this time. selling for $14.95, the floornado 550 is the mid-range selection of their floor pumps, with a couple of features that make it useful. first, it has a steel tube, which suggests that it won't suddenly become junk. next, it has substantial footpads so it won't flop around while being used. and it has a built-in pressure gauge, which is handily located so you can read it while pumping. last but not least, it has dual nozzles so it works with both presta and schrader valves, and does not require adaptors. a needle for inflating sports balls and another nozzle for pool floats are included. handy molded-in clips hold everything together and keep the small bits from flopping around or getting lost. it appears to be well designed and well made.
the only negative i noted was that the attaching lever was a little stiff. hopefully this will loosen up some with use.
naturally, once i got it home, i tried it out. it inflates a 700c tube from flat to 80psi in 8 or 10 strokes, and seems sturdy enough for reliable service over time. i think it's going to be ok. i recommend. +.
Post by desertbikes on Oct 13, 2019 18:39:44 GMT -7
Floornado Sounds like a floor waxer or competition for the Swifter. My Bell pump looks the same but without a gauge. It's called, Air Attack! Obviously that name wasn't very PC & wasn't on the wally shelves very long. It has a metal tube (some are plasticote cardboard) works reasonably well although about 15% per stroke is wasted until the seal catches. Hasn't bothered me enough to get a new one.
Post by desertbikes on Oct 14, 2019 19:09:18 GMT -7
I was always concerned the built-in gauges wouldn't be accurate. And I base that on absolutely nothing. Do you check it against an air gauge? Although I do have 3 gauges I use regularly & one is built in a 12VDC $80 truck tire inflator. None of them match but, after some testing, I assume the one on the electric inflator is about 5# high while running. A bit closer when shut off. The other 2 gauge differ by about 2#s. Go figure.
Oh I also noticed Wally still sells the Bell Air Attack & the more lethal Air Strike Stumbled across them on-line when ordering another Huffy $10 bike tool kit.
If you already collected a ride kit in an under-seat bag, then you don't need it. If not, or you have more than one bike, $10 solves the problem of either removing tools from your regular tool box(es) or buying sets of allen wenches & small screwdrivers & tire repair kits individually. The only additional tool needed is a wrench to remove wheel nuts, if so required. The Dolo & Hitch still have wheel nuts on at least one axle. The others have QR axles.
They're a good addition to a small arms field kit too
lurker: oh, good, i thought i was the only one here, talking to myself.
Aug 6, 2020 8:20:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: No doubt. I'm still in the north country among to pines. Crappy verizon signal but lucky I have anything. My usual spot was taken so while voice & test work OK, data is spotty.
Aug 5, 2020 4:29:47 GMT -7
gonefishin: to hot to type
Aug 4, 2020 19:49:34 GMT -7
lurker: i order something in maybe once a month. heck, it's usually related to firearms and i tell you guys all about it.
Jul 29, 2020 9:18:12 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup at least 90% of the time. However I get at least 2 or 3 items per week via USPS so I have a higher probability of failures they're responsible for creating. On-Trac is the leader of lost or damaged goods so USPS isn't the worst.
Jul 29, 2020 8:39:58 GMT -7
lurker: it's been my experience that the problem is not the USPS so much as the people outside USPS at the start of the process. regular mail takes a week at most to cross the country, more like 3 or 4 days, but fulfillment and customs can take weeks.
Jul 28, 2020 13:08:09 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yes. I had forgotten about the high tech USPS labs. In March they stated with confidence, after pain staking genetic surface testing that, the mail was "probably okay to handle". The also CDC advised that wearing masks wasn't useful. Yup. High tech.
Jul 28, 2020 4:08:59 GMT -7
lurker: maybe they were testing it for you? mighty considerate, those USPS people.
Jul 27, 2020 6:29:12 GMT -7
lurker: updated in polytech thread. arrival expected tomorrow. i'm so gullible.
Jul 27, 2020 6:26:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: My personal record for longest ship time is 5 months. A PCP air/water filter shipped from Shanghai in Feb. I finally got it last month. It had been in the US since March. USPS had no explanation
Jul 27, 2020 4:39:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: Ta da! With USPS it may still take a tour thu TX & OKC before it gets to you
Jul 26, 2020 7:21:50 GMT -7
lurker: hooray! it exists! it's on its way! it's in ...minnesota? some time next week, i hope.
Jul 25, 2020 4:33:22 GMT -7
desertbikes: If you print postage yourself with a tracking #, it's not scanned at the PO where it's dropped off unless it's 1st class or "overnight". Same if it's a home pickup. 3day flat rate box only gets a origination & destination scan. It's nuts.
Jul 24, 2020 4:59:39 GMT -7
desertbikes: Besides the old trick of printing a shipping label to make it appear a thing has shipped, the USPS may only scan at the destination PO for delivery.
Jul 24, 2020 4:50:59 GMT -7
lurker: ordered a small item on the 13th from colorado for poly, $25. on the 16th they claimed they shipped, but really only assigned tracking #. today 22nd they say it has actually shipped, but tracking doesn't reflect that. not happy with e-commerce.
Jul 22, 2020 14:05:09 GMT -7
lurker: sci-fi, history and anthro are all mind-openers. math? zoom, over my head. maybe see if there's a library in the next town?
Jul 21, 2020 10:41:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Also a few hundred lbs of process control instrumentation & PLC manuals. Maybe 25 years worth. While the internal instrumentation electronics have changed over time, the theory of operation & system placement have not.
Jul 20, 2020 7:53:05 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'll have to take a look. Most are in boxes that haven't been opened in years. Lots of scifi, some horror, history, anthropology, electronics & math.
Jul 20, 2020 5:06:31 GMT -7