Puma PD1006 Air compressor - Arb alternative

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I didn’t want to cough up the dough or commit the under the hood real estate for the dual Arb, so I decided on the Puma PD1006 compressor after reading a great thread on Overland Bound. The Puma has a 1.5 gallon tank and a 100% duty cycle motor, which makes for a quicker fill than my Viair or the Smittybuilt one my pal had.

The Puma was about $250 shipped, bought on eBay. They sell two models, the f version has a cheap air filter. You have to crimp on your preferred electrical connector - since this was portable, I bought a 6 ga battery jumper cable set on Amazon for $25, and a set of Anderson connectors and rubber sleeves and a cover from PowerWerx, as well as a set of crimpers which are unique for Anderson plugs. I chose the Anderson plugs because they handle Higher amperage and I can hot swap easily with my RAM truck, which I’ve wired up a similar connector to power a winch, or hook up a set of quick connect jumper cables, plus it works great with heavy ga cables. I cut the battery jumper cable in half and used one end With an Anderson connector crimped on.

i also ordered a quick disconnect air hose as the Puma uses common NPT connectors. I added a Jaco air chuck to finish it off, plus a Jaco quick air down kit. All in, I’m about $375 for everything.

Once crimped, I tested it out. I was able to air up a 35” Nitto Ridge grappler from 15 psi to 35psi in about 2 min 40 seconds, or about 10 min for all for wheels. The Puma is a beast, and a tad big, especially in a two door. You can run an air impact from the tank, and standard air tools like a blow gun. You can also permanently mount the air tank separate from compressor if you want to do an onboard compressor. Because of its duty cycle, it’s perfect when you are out with a group who needs to share a compressor. At our last outing, the Smittybuilt had to rest a while to cool down between every 2 Jeeps.

I keep all the gear in my recovery toolbox kit, and the compressor alongside. Other than weight and size, no regrets. It does draw 40-45 amps when running so you have to have to use 6ga cables or bigger if you need a longer run the Puma, and you have to keep your Jeep engine running otherwise it will discharge your battery quickly.

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I have the same setup, really works well for the money. I didn't crimp the wires as nicely as yours (just used screw connectors) but it is a beast and airs up all 4 BFG 35s in under 10 minutes (I actually hooked it up to a 4 tire inflation system, morrflate and it works really well)

I also find the only negative is the weight and size of it but I have a 4 door jeep and a raptor with a pickup bed so not a big deal
 

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