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Sizod writes: “Here’s a heavy-duty tire gauge with a 10″ flexible hose.  The bleed valve is great for those who need to deflate their tires for mud of beach cruising, and $11 is a good price for a cheap addition to your truck/car tool kit.  Plus, you can add it to your cart the next time you buy a CD or DVD and get free shipping.”

I’ve got to add that I really, really like this type of tire gauge.  I used to use the little “stick” types (that you pick up for $1 at the auto parts store), but when I started autocrossing I picked up one like this.  It’s so much easier to snake the end into the valve on deep wheels, and you can read it when the valve’s positioned upside down or in another inconvenient place. 

The bleed valve is indeed handy, too, even if you’re not an off-roader.  Autocrossing, I used it to pump down my over-pressured tires after the event — tire pressure can serve as a poor-man’s suspension adjustment — but later I still used it to dial in accurate pressures when I went over a bit.

This one looks very similar to the one I had, but I paid $40 for mine.

Via Amazon [What’s this?]

 

8 Responses to Dealmonger: A Heavy-Duty Tire Gauge for $11 on Amazon

  1. Appropriate for bicycles or something that runs at 70-80 psi, perhaps. The usual car tire pressure of 35 psi is so low on the scale, you’re not using most of the gauge’s range and therefore aren’t getting much useful resolution out of it.

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    Nate: Point taken, but in many people don’t keep separate gauges for different apps, and this’ll work for both apps. And I’d imagine that at $11, most people would be interested in the flexibility over its ultimate accuracy, ironic though that may be considering the gauge’s name.

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    Nate: One other point. Trucks carrying large loads often use tires that pressurize to sixty PSI or more.

  4. For the price, I wouldn’t be picky. Agreed. Now I’m curious about the relative accuracies of the various gauge styles. I have a few cheap digitals, one or two dial style like this, and several of the stick type. I just need a source of known-precision air pressure, and I could do some testing. 🙂

  5. nrChris says:

    My first thought was about the digital ones–I always presumed that they were cheap and inaccurate. Anyone have any opinions on the usefulness of the digital gauges?

  6. HS says:

    I’ve got one very similar to this that I got at Wal-Mart, only difference is that mine’s blue and it has a slightly different tip on it.

    As much as I like the bleed valve and hose for flexibility, I find that it’s incredibly inaccurate (usually 4-7 psi low versus other gauges) and difficult to get a good measurement. YMMV, but since the one in the picture is so similar to mine, I’d imagine they’re probably made by the same manufacturer and branded differently.

    To be honest, the best tire gauge I’ve used is a cheap little $3 dial that I got years ago. The finish is flaking off and it doesn’t have a bleed valve or anything, but it’s always within 1 or 2 psi of calibrated gauges.

  7. Jim says:

    The calibration on the air pressure gauges can be all over the board, even within the same manufacturer/brand/model. I have a very accurate digital gauge, but I have some tricky applications, like motorcycle tires, were the digital gauge will not fit. I also carry an additional guage in each of the motorcycle tool kits. So, this is what I have done in the past. Once a found the right design, I bought 3-6 of the same gauge, tested them one at a time until one was close to my calibrated gauge, and then returned the rest. It was much easier than attaching a tag or sticky to each one with the +/- correction.

  8. Evan N. says:

    Check Pep Boys for one similar, they call it the “4×4 Tire Gauge.” About 11 bucks like this one. Also has a bleed valve. I think it’s also from Accutire, but has a red hose and red rubber dial protector.

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