Park Tool PFP-3 Home Mechanic Pump Pump

2.61/5 (18 Reviews)
MSRP : $30.00


Product Description

The PFP-3 is a high performance, feature-packed pump at a great price. Perfect for the home mechanic.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AD4E a Cross Country Rider from tallahassee, FL

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2010

Strengths:    see my review under the other PFP-3 heading--same pump.
this is an excellent floor-pump for the money. don't know what others are complaining about.


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
far as i'm concerned, this is must be one of the best values in floor pumps going. u can take it apart & lube the cylinder seal; & the gauge is nice quaility too.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   silca


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by rockymountainrider69 a Weekend Warrior from Denver,co

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2010

Strengths:    Low-ish price and brand name were initial attractions, but ...

Weaknesses:    With light use one season, the chuck broke. $10 part to fix. Second season, plastic threaded male fitting at base cracked. Now unusable. Not sure if can be fixed, doesn't matter, threw it in garbage. Also, when it did work, it is difficult to get the chuck off a presta valve.

Bottom Line:   
Puzzling... Park Tools generally has a reputation for quality. I don't understand why they put their name on this pump.

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Favorite Trail:   many many many

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Similar Products Used:   Bought a Lezyne steel drive floor pump ($50) to replace the Park pump. Since it's new I can't address its long term durability, but the quality of the construction sure looks good and I like the fact that it has metal fittings.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by fred a Weekend Warrior from andover, ma , usa

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2009

Strengths:    none...

Weaknesses:    annoying all around. I bought this pump to inflate my presta valve tubes. This pump refuses to let go of the valve once the tire is inflated. the ONLY way to get the pump free is to twist it, which bends or breaks the valve 9 out of 10 times. I've gone through mroe tubes for broken or bent valves than for flats. Given that I ride on some pretty aweful streets in the Boston area that is really saying something. Specialized and countless others make a much better, more reliable product. at least for presta valves...

Bottom Line:   
dont get this pump if you have presta valves...

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by minimalist a Weekend Warrior from Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2008

Strengths:    Readable gauge, good seal on schrader at least

Weaknesses:    tips over easily

Bottom Line:   
Has been good to me so far. I don't pump over 80psi, though. I usually store it in the already-tipped-over position, because it will wind up that way anyway.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   niagaracycle.com

Similar Products Used:   $10 crap from K-mart

Bike Setup:   road

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Triakel a Weekend Warrior from Minneapolis

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2008

Strengths:    Attractive, well-built pump for a good price. Good pump until it failed.

Weaknesses:    It's a $30 pump. Tips easily (like many pumps in this price range). Uses a segment 8 mm pneumatic tubing instead of more common 10 mm in crucial spot.

Bottom Line:   
After two years of careful use, a section of pneumatic tubing in burst. No biggie, right? Bike shops carry loads of the stuff.

Unfortunately, while most pumps use 10 mm tubing (including a majority of this one, actually), the small section of connector tubing that burst is 8 mm.

My LBS had plenty of 10 mm lying around, but no 8 mm. So we looked up its part number the Park Tool web site and attempted to ordered it from the company (the company is headquartered about 5 miles from here in St. Paul.) My LBS considered this a bit of a long shot, as the part was cheap, somewhat incidental, and didn't show up on their list of orderable parts.

I checked up with my LBS a few times over the next month, and the part never arrived. I'm now calling hardware stores and pneumatic-hose distributors trying to find this 10-cent headache.

I should mention also that the gauge was damaged (broke plexiglass window) after one of many tipping episodes. The unit has an unstable base and falls easily when left unattended.

I really like Park Tool and its DYI ethic, but my experience with this pump is disappointing, not because the pump didn't work (it did), or that hose blew after two years (it happens), but because I, apparently, can't purchase a cheap replacement part that would restore the pump's function.

Why should I throw away a perfectly good pump because the company can't provide a 4-inch length of hose? I shouldn't. But in an era when it seems every consumer product is manufactured under "if it breaks, just buy another" philosophy, I seek companies that build products that are servicable and built to last.

By that measure, this isn't a Park Tool brand pump, it's just a pump like any other.


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Favorite Trail:   Twin Cities loops

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Penn Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Air Tool Pro, numerous mini pumps.

Bike Setup:   2006 Specialized Roubaix Pro carbon/full 105/Ultegra mix/Flight Deck/FSA Gossamer/Mega Exo/Mavic Open Pro/Continental GP 4000/Light & Motion Vega (awesome!)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Vassili a Downhiller from NYC

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2008

Bottom Line:   
the PSI reader broke after 2 years of heavy use.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Bike Setup:   4 bikes.
tonic fallguy, bottlerocket, kink apex and xc bike.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ricky J a Weekend Warrior from San Luis Obispo, CA, US of A

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2007

Strengths:    Brand name, accurate & legible gauge, good capacity

Weaknesses:    will not seal on Presta valve stems, tippy

Bottom Line:   
A great disappointment: I've owned this pump for about one month and after maybe two dozen uses it no longer seals on a presta valve. Other pumps (Specialized, for instance) provide a quick and easy method of compressing the rubber seal to stop leakage but Park's PFP-3 lacks that simple convenience.

As luck would have it, I found an old Specialized pump head and hose and have grafted it onto my Park...voila, it works. Now THAT is customer service!

But as is, I cannot recommend the Park PFP-3 at all. It is a blight on the good Park name.

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Favorite Trail:   Schultz Creek, Flagstaff AZ

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Wally's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Silca, Specialized, Blackburn


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2007

Strengths:    Not much

Weaknesses:    It leaks
Non stable


Bottom Line:   
Do not buy. Tips over all the time and leaks air from the gauge.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Outlook RC

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Brendan from Statesboro, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2007

Strengths:    It has a gauge and pumps air.

Weaknesses:    It is difficult to seat the valve stem. After a short time the gauge quits reading accuratly. After a slightly longer short time the seals in the pump wear out and it inflates tubes very slowly.

Bottom Line:   
We have two of these in our shop and neither work properly. I wouldn't buy one.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   PFP-2


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Christopher Koch a Weekend Warrior from Brookline, MA USA

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2007

Strengths:    Stable base
Readable gauge


Weaknesses:    Cheap and poorly made

Bottom Line:   
It's so flimsy and insubstantial that you're just waiting for it to break as soon as you pull it out of the box for the first time. I think I filled my tires three times before the valve seal blew out for good. Air just whistles through the head now. Yup, you really do get what you pay for. It may cost less, but you will invest more time and aggravation in the end. Please look elsewhere.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn

Bike Setup:   Road bike (sorry)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Balko, OK USA

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2006

Strengths:    The pump works well. It is easy to use and pumps up my road tires quite easily. The gauge (although mounted somewhat low) is fairly easy to read.

Weaknesses:    It doesn't stand by itself real well. The head is the same as the Nashbar pump that I owned previously (which had given me problems) but it works better.

Bottom Line:   
It is a good pump that gets the job done. It is reliable and works like a charm.

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Favorite Trail:   South Boundary Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   Nashbar

Bike Setup:   Canondale Road, Schwinn Moab 1 mountain bike

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2005

Strengths:    Pumps well (often to 115psi), good gauge, duelhead.
FANTASTIC customer service.


Weaknesses:    Product valve after a good amount of time did fail. Could use a wider base.

Bottom Line:   
Product did have a problem, emailed customer service got a response THAT day. Got a resolution sent to me with out hassle without a fuss. Would purchase park again perhaps next time a higher end pump.

Giving it 5 + 5 due very inexpensive pump + great customers service I recieved.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Department store purchased pumps. Morph pumps Topek (good) and German made Sigma Sport (poor)

Bike Setup:   3 different mountain road and cross.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lee a Cross Country Rider from Boston, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2005

Strengths:    Compact, light

Weaknesses:    Everything else. Small barrel take a long time to fill up road tires, doesn't like to stand on its own, pressure gauge and hose move around, and the worst part is the dual action head that doesn't like to seat properly.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that I got so frustrated with this pump that I smashed it into little pieces. Sounds immature, I know, but when all you want to do is fill up your presta valve tubes and ride, and this pump won't allow you to, you get pretty frustrated pretty quick. It would take me a minimum of 8-10 tries to get the dual head seated and locked on each tire so that I could actually fill my tires with air. I never had this problem with any other pump. I used my blackburn for 8 years and had this happen to me maybe twice. If I were you, I'd spend the extra $10 and get anything but a Park.

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Favorite Trail:   Trail of Tears

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Price Point, I think

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn

Bike Setup:   2001 Giant XTC hard tail- custom built from ground up. 2005 Cannondale R700, stock except for cane creek wheels (of course).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Weekend Warrior from Trempealeau, WI USA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2005

Strengths:    Easy to use, Presta & Schrader capability, easy to read gauge, Park Tool Quality.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Good pump for the money. It's very easy to use and airs up tires fast. The locking mechanism works great and the pump is solid. Good PT quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Holzinger Lodge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Brone's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   No name crap pumps.


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Iowa

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2005

Strengths:    gauge easy to read and seems fairly accurate.

Weaknesses:    Need alot of stem to get the pump seated.

Bottom Line:   
Thumbs down because if you dont have much valve stem (presta) coming out of the rim you are sol.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Blackburn


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