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Old 30 April 2009, 05:34   #11
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Thanks Paul.

The LVM unit looks good having done a quick Google search.
The Rule high speed inflator looks to be a badge-engineered version of the same thing.

I've now got some options for my search, its just a shame I can't get anywhere near ebay on my machine at work

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Old 30 April 2009, 11:53   #12
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I had (well, still have, actually) the Bravo 12; worked fine, but it's fairly slow if you have really soft tubes. Early (or earlier) models, I hear, also had the rather disturbing habit of catching fire. This pump worked fine on my Achilles 14 and was adequate on my Polaris 18.

I recently purchased the Bravo 12 BST (the box looking one); it is a marked improvement from the pancake style 12. The turbine section quickly takes the sagging and softness from the tubes, then the piston section kicks in and shuts off at whatever pressure you selected. It works well enough that I have mounted it in the console (though I had to plumb in a length of garden hose to replace the cheapie plastic hose they supply - it was too short and too bulky.)

The only mod (beyond the hose) was to install a cross-piece of SS wire in the valve adaptor: the turbine section will not supply enough pressure to open a Halkey-Roberts valve, so the wire does that.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. Not jumping for joy happy, but happy nonetheless.

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Old 02 May 2009, 13:13   #13
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By the power of Ribnet I received a LVM pump in the post today that hadn't ever been used for a very good price.
Many thanks Millermob

I connected it up to the Smaller Nashers 2.8M SIB with Airdeck, and was amazed to have it up to pressure in both main tubes, and the airdeck, within 1 minute. It usually takes at least 10mins of pumping with the footpump to get it to that stage.

It will be great running of the RIB batteries when we get to the beach as pumping the SIB up with the footpump has always been very awkward as well as hard work due to it being drapped over the RIB tubes.

And to make it even better, I used the pump to suck the air out of the SIB afterwards, and for the first time ever managed to get it back in its bag easily and with no help.

Having read Blacks comment I was surprised to read in the instructions that the vehicle engine should NOT be run whilst the pump was in use, as giving it more than 12V could damage it.
It ran perfectly off my Shogun's battery without the engine running, and made the same noise when I tried it on one of the boat batteries later.

Well pleased with my new toy

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