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Compressor m. In different machine devices: projectile for compression, crush; push, push, push, crush. Vladimir Dahl.

Mikhail KOLODOCHKIN

Let's try to combine business with pleasure - we will acquire the right thing and support the domestic producer, no matter how he hid. "Oriental" products themselves climb into the hands of all the stalls and shop windows, but ours are shy. Nevertheless, they managed to extract three “Russians” from the “underground” - compressors from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ulyanovsk (in the photo) will be engaged in “swindle” in Russian. Let's start with the clothes …

Moscow "Mustang-M" is packed soundly - the Chinese will not dare. Nice box with good printing - nothing to complain about. But the manual would be nice to cut and stitch.

In addition to tires on passenger cars, the Mustang can pump inflatable boats and mattresses, as well as work with small-sized spray guns. At the same time, a repeated and short-term mode of operation is recommended: pumped up the wheel - rest for five minutes.

St. Petersburg "Temp-3" equipped worse - a cheap box and a faded leadership. He knows how to do the same as the Mustang, as well as pump out used oil from the crankcase. The last property is in doubt, since it is this part of the text that was deleted from the description with a ballpoint pen. It is not solid for a state-owned enterprise … Operating hours are 10 minutes with 20-minute breaks.

Ulyanovsk "Cliff" looks wretched. A box of corrugated cardboard with a tacky label resembles a parcel lying around in the mail. The operation manual is a book of dirty yellow paper. They read that the "Cliff" is able to inflate tires and feed pneumatic tools with compressed air, and also work part-time … with a flashlight - to light constantly or blink. The white diffuser can be replaced with red - it is included in the kit. The main mode of operation is intermittent.

The rest of the passport data of the Russian “dealers” are shown in the table.

They decided to test the compressors in real conditions - instead of measuring kilopascals and atmospheres, we will try to pump up the front wheel of the Volga. The job is not easy: the tire is tubeless, and the car is heavy. A simple pump in such cases usually fails - experienced “Volgars” first pump up the reserve to 4 kPa, and then connect the valves directly. It is possible and simpler - to jack the car, and then to swing. In any case, long fuss and soiled clothes are guaranteed. Let's see how things go with electrical assistants. Lower the wheel to zero - go ahead!

The Mustang begins. We unwind the wire wound around the compressor handle, open the hood and connect the clamps to the battery terminals. The polarity does not play a role - this is good. We put the tip on the valve, press the "trigger" - the "Mustang" begins to slurp and tremble. The gauge needle twitches and slowly creeps along the scale. One minute, two, three - there are 2 kPa! We release the trigger, but the hand still trembles, as after a jackhammer. By the way, the current consumption turned out to be 13 A.

Everything is in order, it remains to check a little. We are trying to reach the right rear wheel with the Mustang - the wires are pulled diagonally across the engine compartment, just a little more … We reached out, albeit with difficulty. I really want to extend the wires by about a meter, but the instruction prohibits doing this. And if I have not the Volga, but a foreign car is more authentic?

We lower the wheel again and invite the “Petersburger”. We open the plastic door in its body, remove the hose and wire - when folded, they are stored inside the compressor. The hose tip is on the valve, the plug is in the cigarette lighter socket. The black box comes to life and begins to perform a shimmy dance next to the wheel. It will not creep away - the hose will not let go … Suddenly, a strong gust of wind slams the open door, pinching the wires - fortunately, without consequences. Holding the door, we continue to "swindle" - it lasts 6 minutes. The magnitude of the consumed current is 8.5 A. For the cigarette lighter, this is too much - "Volga" withstood it, but the "seven" has an 8-amp fuse … There are enough wire lengths to reach any wheel from the passenger compartment.

The last to the flat tire is called "Cliff". We connect, we stick, we click - it is silent. Trying to turn on the light bulb - alas. The tester shows that there is no breakage inside the product … Ah, here it is: the Ulyanovsk plug “does not contact” with the standard socket of a gas cigarette lighter. Honestly, this is a marriage, but I want to finish the tests. We re-open the hood and connect the wires from the disassembled plug to the battery terminals. We click the toggle switch - earned! With a current consumption of 5.5 A, the wheel is inflated in 7 minutes. At the same time, we check the light bulb - it burns well. The length of the wires would be enough to reach any wheel from the cigarette lighter, but for this you need to first replace the Ulyanovsk plug with a good one.

Well, "sells" everyone understands in their own way. The manufacturers of the Mustang-M compressor have created a light and attractive product - it connects simply, works quickly, and will not suit a fire. St. Petersburg "Temp-3" was clearly done on the principle of "it will do so" - the buyer will throw out the ugly packaging anyway, the cigarette lighter fuse will probably not burn, but the price is the lowest. As for the "Cliff", its creators clearly decided not to inflate the wheel, but the buyer. The Ulyanovsk product costs almost as much as the Mustang and Temp combined - and this is with crappy packaging, a hacky plug and the lowest performance!

In general, if on the road you meet a lady fighting a flat tire, get the Mustang out of the trunk and boldly go on the attack - on the wheel, of course. But if it’s just a Cliff with you, then it’s better not to try …

Compressor Mustang-M. Manufacturer - GNPO "Agat", Moscow.