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Pros: Decent durability. Simple design. Easy to read guage
Cons: Difficult to get a good seal on valve. Unstable base. Short hose
Best Uses: Inflating bike tires at home.
An affordable, basic floor pump, the Park Tool Home Mechanic is great for light use. While not the most durable of the group, it is easy to use and transport.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Park Tool Home Mechanic Floor Pump is a good buy for light use and basic bike tire inflating. We were fairly rough with our testing and the Home Mechanic held up decently well, with the gauge needle being the first thing to quit after repeated use and banging around in transit. It’s a good looking, simple floor pump with an easy to read gauge and a well-known company name behind it. It is one of the smaller pumps, with only the Serfas TCPG being shorter, making it fairly easy to transport.
Unfortunately, with our first Home Mechanic, it was next to impossible to get a good seal on a Presta valve, which was frustrating. Luckily, I had another one to test, and didn’t have the same problem. With the second pump, it was far easier and more common to get a good seal, but by no means did it happen 100% of the time, and this was something that time took it’s toll on as well. Another frustrating aspect is that the Park Tool pump had a relatively short hose, which means whatever you are inflating has to be in good, convenient position. However, for light use (think families or the weekend warrior) this pump is basic, straightforward and affordable.
— Emily Zell
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Most recent review: March 20, 2013
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