Why don’t more brands make cordless inflators? It’s something a lot of readers have asked for, from brands like Dewalt and Milwaukee. But we still haven’t seen anything of the like.
I’m sure they’re capable of making cordless inflators, but users are left wanting.
A few years ago, I was talking to someone at a tool brand, when the topic of inflators came up. It was suggested that inflators are seen as DIYer and consumer products, which would clash with their brand’s strive to appeal to professional users.
That makes sense to me, and remains the most plausible explanation as to why certain pro tool brands haven’t come out with cordless inflators.
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If Dewalt or Milwaukee came out with cordless inflators, plenty of folks would buy them. But would such products dilute the brands’ appearances?
What would a cordless inflator be used for? In a consumer sense, maintaining a vehicle’s tire pressure, inflating sports balls, air mattresses, pool accessories, and things like that. In a professional sense, I suppose that trucks and vans have tires that need to be maintained, and there are plenty of tool carts and such with air-filled tires.
But to be realistic, there would be maybe 9 consumer applications for every 1 professional application. Don’t you agree?
In another post, a reader had a great suggestion, that it would be great to see a pro brand come out with a combination inflator plus battery jump starter. Maybe it’s not feasible, but I agree that this would make for a great product.
Shown above, is the Black & Decker 12V cordless “Air Station” inflator. You can buy one for under $60.
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You can’t get any more consumery than that.
How much do you think a Milwaukee M12 inflator might be? A Dewalt 20V Max inflator?
Maybe it’s not question of guiding users’ brand perceptions, but one of profitability. How much would it cost to produce a pro grade inflator, and how much could brands sell them for? If the price is high enough, a lot of users might opt for a consumer model or simply use an air compressor they already own.
Why do you think more professional cordless power tool brands don’t offer air inflators?
If your favorite brand came out with a 12V- or 18V-class cordless inflator, would you buy one? What’s the most you would be willing to pay?