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Ratty Roberts
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Has anyone had a go at making one, and what was the end result? Was it worth it, or should we forget the idea, and just buy the dealer item?
MagicSanta
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My neighbor made one where I use to live and his worked great. I have considered trying but lack the skills and understanding required. I'd get one of the nice dealer ones, mine is from a clown, is white with colored collar and footing, you pick the color, sorry I can't remember the name but someone here should know it. Cost only about $80.00.
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Well, are you looking to make a floor pump or an electric pump? Are you doing this professionally? Floor Pumps the best makes are done by T Meyers. Electric, I know a lot of people love the PeeWee and there's been some controversey over the Majiloons. I tried out the new balloon hero and loved it but haven't tried it at a gig or anything.

Alexa
Ratty Roberts
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I was thinking about trying to make both a floor style, and a belt style pump. It's just being able to fing a pump small enough, and strong enough to do it.
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I have used my T. Myers "Pump-O" For years and years. Its a real work horse for the money and requires little maintenance. I occasionally have to pull the top off and clean of the old oil and put new in it and it works perfect again.
I tried the more expensive "Pump 1" put wasn't as happy with it. The Pump 1 is bigger, heavier and he doesn't sell a protective case for it.

Another thing I did was buy the Brass nozzle tip to replace the plastic one.
They say it won't work but I've bought three of these in the last 14 years and did it on every one of them.

Hope that's helpful.
Good Luck!
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alexa
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Yeah, I recommend the PumpO and as I said I want to get the Balloon Hero too as my electric.

Alexa
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I think magicsanta may be talking about a Filbert pump... I've got one and find it very good, well worth considering.

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Rob the Balloon Guy
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Yep, it's the Filbert Pump all right. I have one and love it. http://www.filbertpump.com/

Also, I believe T Myers no longer makes pumps, at least until they can find someone to replace Jim.
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I highly recommend the Filbert: light, efficient, inexpensive. When I'm prepping early in the morning for a couple of birthday parties, the Filbert is a lifesaver.
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I know this is an old thread, but at T&S I tried out the filbert pump and found it difficult to use. (I am 5'7" and 110ish 1bs.) I had similar problems with the PumpO. I bought a MiniMac Lite and can easily do a 160 to a 660. Only $80. GET IT. The owner is incredibly nice too. Tell him Alexa (Princes Lexiloo) from T&S sent you, as he knows I am a big believer in the pump.

Alexa
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A big thumbs up to the mini mac light! A member of our clown troupe just bought one. It is terrific!. It weighs about four pounds, has a very easy stroke, and also has a one way valve in it so it can use a couple of shorter strokes if you wish. I have the original mac pump which I bought from Andrew about two years ago. and I'm thinking of trading up myself!

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I use a small air compressor with an air gun nozzle (~$40 from home improvement store). It has an air pressure adjuster, and pumps the balloons pretty good for me (if you don't have to 'walk around'). I tend to be a cheapskate and researched other methods for making a belt pack, but seemed like it would be too much trouble for me. Good luck if you try.

Mike
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I made my own pump I tryed difrent thing like 12v car pumps but that was to slow then I had a old air horn kicking around which was 12v (for a car)i took the horns off and have the longest pipe with a end from the car pump (the red end made to blow up air beds and air toys) put a small 12v bat on from a moped works well for me I don't use it that much only when I have a lot to make before a gig but it only cost around 32pounds
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I am very happy with my home made battery powered pump--for 260s.
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I have been using the same pump for 15 years... It is comprised of:

- air brush compressor (badger)
- foot switch - I was too cheap to buy the one with the foot pedal so I wired up an old foot switch from a sewing machine to control the pump
- for the nozzle - the housing off a bic pen fit perfectly over the airbrush hose end.

It is relatively quiet to begin with - but I also have the pump about 15 feet away from me. Overall quite satisfied with it.

Andrew
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http://www.macpump.org/

Great product. I don't use a pump anymore, but these are the best I ever tried.
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Scruffy the Clown
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I just replaced my old mac pump with the mini mac lite. I love it. I had Andy's old prototype pump and This one is the run away winner! Buy one. Two years warranty and a great guy to deal with. The pump was 89 bucks.
http://www.macpump.net
Bad to the Balloon
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Mac is a gentleman and fantastic business man who puts out quality that he stands behind.
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Tokyo Williams
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Does anyone know of a good (preferably online) resource for DIY pump plans? The physics and basic construction are pretty obvious, but I feel I'd save some time by using a previously tested design instead of making it up as I go.
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Tokyo,
The only plans I am familiar with are the ones sold on Ebay. Search under Balloon pumps. It looks like a good pump.
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