“ Sports Equipment „
Last Summer, when my family and I were outdoors a lot more, and generally being more active before the weather got cold, we found we had the need to buy a foot pump. As bicycle tyres, inflatable toys and dinghys deflated, so we needed to top them back up easily with more air.
We paid £4.99 for this decent looking double barrel foot pump, which I didn't consider to be a bad price at all considering it looked quite robust, being made out of metal, when compared to the cheap plastic ones. The pump looks like it's going to be very efficient, with it's two air barrel's placed next to each other generating double the amount of pressure per pump. There's also a gauge on the top of the pump measuring the pressure per square inch, which is ideal if you're topping up your car tyres, or know the intended pressure you need to reach.
The thing that I liked about this pump was that it comes with a set of different adapters, and so far, I've found one for every purpose I've wanted to use it for, from blowing up airbeds to topping up my son's football.
I've found that it's great for blowing up minor things like toys and lilos, but I don't think I'd want to trust it as my sole foot pump in vehicle emergencies or as my only way of blowing up an airbed whilst camping in the middle of nowhere. The reason for this is that it feel quite unstable when you use it, it slips around on it's little feet (it has no rubber grips to keep it still!) and just doesn't feel sturdy enough for me to want to use it in more pressing situations. I keep it in the car boot, just incase, but thankfully I've not had to use it for my car tyres.
It's worked fairly well for me on my kids bikes, and the two barrels do mean that it pumps the tyres up fairly quickly and easily. It's a decent enough product for the things I use it for, but it does have it's faults, meaning I wouldn't fancy using this at the side of the road in a car tyre emergency. It's ok, but it's not THAT good!
Overall, though I can recommend this cheap Wilkinson's foot pump for certain minor uses e.g. bike tyres, rubber rings / dinghies, footballs, it's not practical or well enough designed for more serious uses e.g. car tyres.
I've had one of these Wilkinsons double barrelled foot pumps buried away in the back of my car for ages just in case of roadside emergencies. Every so often I've dragged it out to inflate the kid's bike tyres or the occasional football. I liked the idea of having the twin barrels because in theory you're getting twice the output for the same input from your foot.
I actually bought it from Wilkinsons (surprisingly!!) about 2 years ago for the grand price of £4.99 - very cheap for a metal pump when you consider that similar pumps are selling for more than twice that price in other stores. For that price you get a nice little pump, where the barrels are set side by side horizontally in a metal framework. The top pedal bit that you put your foot on is quite wide with a rubber strip across it to ensure that your foot doesn't slip off.
At the bottom of the pump there are 4 feet formed by the framework being bent out at right angles in each corner. At the front, the 2 barrels link together into a 100 psi gauge which then goes out into a single flexible hose with a quick release coupling on the end to attach to your car tyre valve. There is a clip at the bottom end of the pump which allows you to hold it in the closed position, thereby allowing it to be (fairly) easily stored in your car as required. The pump is also supplied with a number of other adaptors of various sorts that you can use to inflate footballs, inflatable beds etc.
What's it like to use? In short - not good. At the start of this review I said that I 'had' one of these pumps, and that is now true because it has now long since been resigned to the bin after a total structural failure in a car park one evening. When I first started to use it to inflate the occasional football (that had a slow puncture following my dog's attempt at dribbling!!) it was very good. The double barrels seemed to push a lot of air through quickly to inflate the ball rapidly. Equally, the first few times I used it on a car tyre also had impressive results in terms of speed of inflation.
But where do we start with the problems? At the bottom, the pump has the 4 metal feet, but there are no rubber feet on these points, meaning that when you use the pump on a hard surface (such as a roadside to inflate a tyre on your car), the pump will very easily slide about, particularly if the surface is uneven. The structure and framework of the pump are also quite flimsy. It is ok in a straight up and down motion when you are inflating something, but go slightly off angle (over an uneven surface for example or when the pump slips on a hard surface) and the framework starts to collapse and bend.
The final issue that really 'killed it off' was to do with the design. The piston rods that come out the back of the barrels and attach to the base of the framework are quite thin, about 8mm in diameter, and are made from steel. These pass into the barrels via a hole in the centre of a cap fitted to the back end of the barrel, where the cap provides the guidance to the rod to ensure that the piston inside the barrel is square into the barrel to pump the air, and the piston and barrel work perfectly in line with each other, being guided by this hole in the cap.
The problem is that the metal of the cap is quite thin and soft. So, over time (and I'm only talking a few months of occasional use), and through a few collapses and slips of the framework, I found that the hole in this cap started to elongate as the steel rod passed through it. Then I started to find that I was getting 'lock-ups' in use, where the barrel and the rod would go out of line with each other and bend, causing the pump and rod system to 'lock'. Eventually, using it one evening in a car park to inflate a semi-flat tyre to get me home, it locked during use, and then totally fell apart where the cap bits sprung off of both barrels and the pistons fell out. At that point, I just picked it up and dumped it in the nearest bin.
In summary, I normally really like Wilkinson's self branded products because they are really cheap, and in most cases, I've found them to be surprisingly good quality for the price - but not so with this double barrelled pump. In a perfect world, with the perfect set-up and environment, this pump is ideal on level ground with a straight up and down motion. But we don't live in a perfect world, and often when you need to use and rely on this pump in an emergency, the ground will be uneven, it may be dark and the pump system has started to lock-up. So this is not a product that you really want to rely on.
My recommendation is to not waste your money on this and at best, it is only worth one star.
High quality foot pump with 100psi pressure gauge for tyres, sports equipment, boats and canoes for accurate pressure maintenance. Adapters for balls; bicycle and other pneumatic items.