Please recommend good quality/inexpensive tire pressure gauge

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  1. Southpaw1969

    Southpaw1969 New Member

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    Just like the title says, can someone please recommend a decent tire air pressure gauge I can buy online- say on Amazon?

    I'd prefer one with a bleed valve to make getting the right pressure level easier.

    Thanks!
     
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    Save yourself the shipping fees. Go to a auto parts house and buy one.

    I prefer the pencil type gages. Other's will say different things. Each person has their own individual likes and dislikes.

    Here is a example of a pencil type gage.


    Super price on Milton S-920 at ToolTopia.com
     
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    Thanks, but I'm not a fan of those. They are built into the air hoses I tend to use anyway.

    I want one with a bleed valve so I can just overfill the tire a little bit, then use the bleed valve to back it down to exactly where I want it. Also, FYI, I have Amazon prime so I get free 2 day shipping on most items.
     
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    Understood, best of luck to you. Like I said, everyone has their own preferences.
     
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    I think the above is exactly what you are asking for.
     
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    I was looking at that very one- was hoping someone here has used it and can vouch for quality/accuracy.
     
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    I've been using this one since January and its accurate with 3 different air hoses at the shop I work in. Accutire
    MS-4021B

     
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    Here's another one, for more money.

     
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    no one knows if their air gauge is accurate. i have 3 pencil gauges that are within 2 lbs of each other. that's good enough for me. i just use the back side to release pressure, it's quick and easy.
     
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    Unless you're going racing where the difference between a pound or two can mean the difference between making through the turn versus hitting the wall, you want a precision (repeatability) gauge first, accuracy second.

    Here's a report that shows pencil gauges, albeit low tech, work really well. Comparison Tests on Tire Pressure Gauges
     
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    I prefer dial type gauges:



     
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    ^ What Xliderider says. Accu-Gauge with the short whip hose. If it doesn't come with the protective rubber outer guard order one separate.
     
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    I rely primarily on a pencil gauge I've had for decades. It's scale goes high enough to check the (60 psi) spare as well. I picked up a cheapish digital scale and it gives the same readings, so it looks like it's a keeper.

    I couldn't find the pencil gauge one time, bought another, seemed like decent quality, but I COULD NOT get the new gauge to seat properly on the valve rim: air would bleed out like crazy. Not sure why, gasket looks perfect. Anyway, I found the old one, so all is good.

    The rubber gasket on it is starting to look a little knackered though, may have to break down and shop for a new one some time. You pays your money and takes your chances. :)

    Checked mine, its:

    PCL tyre pressure gauge

    Made in England, by Pneumatic Components Ltd

    Displayed range: 10~120 psi
     
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