A few weeks ago, Campbell Hausfeld announced several snazzy new nailers. The innovation did not stop there – CH recently announced two new compressor systems: a 26 gallon unit that has been dubbed the “ultimate portable compressor”, and a wall-mountable 8 gallon unit that can be equipped with up to two add-on 8 gallon tanks.
On CH’s microsite for these new compressors, it says: “CH Makes it Easy to Do it Like a Pro.” Read on to see why we consider this to be true and much more than a mere marketing line.
26 Gallon Floor Compressor
Taking a look at the highlights of the new 26 gallon unit, we noticed several interesting new features, the first of which is CH’s new rapid inflation technology. As implied, CH’s RIT design is intended for quicker inflation applications. What happens is that the compressor first pressurizes the hose before the tank so that you can start working as the tank fills up.
For greater ease of use, CH added an extra large regulator knob with soft rubber touch points, and an extra large and easy to read gauge. Easy-to-understand icons serve as reminders as to which pressures should be used for various tools and tasks.
The new 26 gallon unit also features enhanced portability, most notably due to its no-tilt push or pull 2-wheel and 2-caster design. CH engineered the compressor to maintain a low center of gravity for greater balance and stability, and also incorporated an axle brake to help minimum vibration.
Lastly, the oil-free compressor has a very easily accessed tank drain, an oversized “hands-free” power switch, and room for onboard tool storage.
Specs: 150 max PSI, 1.7HP, 3.8SCFM @90PSI, 5.6SCFM @ 40 PSI, and a current retail price tag of $340.
8 Gallon Wall-Mounted Compressor
Campbell Hausfeld’s new 8 gallon wall mountable compressor packs several very impressive features in a compact unit. What’s better than a small compressor footprint? No floor footprint at all!
In order to minimize vibration, CH engineers suspended the compressor motor and integrated an anti-vibration system into the wall mount. Suspending the motor has a straightforward rationale, but we are very curious as to how and how well the anti-vibration design works.
That this compressor is wall mountable was enough to open our eyes and hold our attention. But CH did not stop there – their engineers added an expandability option where up to two additional wall-mountable 8 gallon portable takeaway tanks can be coupled to the system. In other words, this 8 gallon setup can quickly and easily become a 16 or 24 gallon setup.
Pardon my frankness, but holy smokes, these are great features! Sure, one could always couple a portable air tank to any existing compressor, but not nearly as quickly, effortlessly, or seamlessly.
The oil-free 8 gallon compressor also includes an extra large regulator knob and pressure gauge, and an easy drain tank.
Specs: 150 max PSI, 1.7HP, 3.8SCFM @90PSI, 5.6SCFM @ 40 PSI, and a current retail price tag of $250 for the main unit, and $55 for each auxiliary 8 gallon tank.
These new CH compressors can be found at Lowes.com.