New Easy-to-Operate Tire Pump (May, 1930)

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this at my gym…

New Easy-to-Operate Tire Pump

A BRITISH inventor, who likes his rowing exercises, produced this tire .pump which enables the maximum amount of air to be forced into an automobile tire with the minimum amount of effort. The seat slides forward and backward on runners just as the seat on a racing boat does, enabling the operator to get a long, strong pull on the pump handle. As the work is distributed over the leg and back muscles, as well as those of the arms, the pump is pleasant and not fatiguing to use. The invention is appropriately called a Situflator.

8 comments
  1. Andrew L. Ayers says: July 15, 20119:57 am

    WTF? Yeah, like that’s going to fit in the trunk easily (not too mention the weight – probably weighs more than the tire -and- wheel)…

  2. Jari says: July 15, 201110:20 am

    Andrew: It doesn’t have to. As you can see there’s a spare on the side of the bonnet. The pumps name could have been better, unless it causes flatulence….

  3. Hirudinea says: July 15, 201112:30 pm

    @ – Jari: The pumps name could have been better, unless it causes flatulence….

    Mabye thats what inflates the tire?

  4. Mike says: July 15, 20113:18 pm

    By “easy” they mean cumbersome and difficult.

  5. GaryM says: July 16, 20117:43 am

    On the other hand, it could be a great exercise machine!

  6. John Savard says: July 16, 20112:30 pm

    Although I’m sure the inventor tried to make it light and collapsible, yes, it likely is impractical, and some simpler way to provide leverage when pumping a tire would have been better.

    But then, the name of the invention – the Situflator – must be considered even worse than the invention itself.

  7. Joshua Honeycutt says: July 18, 20113:42 pm

    Seems pretty reasonable for the period. Sure beats a hand or foot pump for that type of volume.

    Probably best situated in a garage or shed where the car is stored, but it would be improved by adding a longer hose so you’d never have to move it (probably weighs 30+ lbs, but appears to have a wheel on one end)

  8. fosin says: July 20, 20115:54 am

    This would make a great anniversary present.

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