Ridgid OL25135 Aluminum 2.5 Gallon Compressor
It looks like it doesn't take long for a good idea to catch on. Just last month we were lauding
Maxus for expanding their X-Lite series of aluminum air compressors into smaller, more compact models. Well now, it looks like Ridgid is also getting in on the game with their OL25135 2.5 Gallon Compressor.
We started investigating differences between the two brands in order to write this article and discovered something pretty interesting: The X-Lite and the Ridgid are the exact same compressor. The image on the left was taken from Maxus's website and the one on the right was taken from Ridgid's website. Notice how the labels and logos are actually photoshopped onto the Ridgid model (for a larger picture, click on the image here). Funny.
We don't see any need to cover old ground, so if you're interested in the Ridgid compressor, just read our review of the Maxus.
We assume that Ridgid's Compressor will be available at Home Depot, for what we imagine will be a reasonable price.
UPDATE: Kirk K. just posted a comment saying that he picked up a Ridgid Aluminum Compressor at Home Depot for $99. They told him that it was a limited, introductory price. What a steal. Read the comment here.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 22, 2008 1:38 PM
Zathrus - I believe that the Ridgid model you saw for $299.00 is the OL50135A (5 gallon twin-stack), which retails for $299.00. The OL25135 in the review (and the one I purchased) retails for $199.00. I was told that it will be priced at $179.00 when HD brings it into its inventory.
My local HD had six of the OL25135 priced at $99.00 when I got mine. Officially, these are classified as "off inventory" meaning that HD is testing the sales strength for this particular model. You might ask your local HD tool guy about the OL25135. . . he might be able to help you locate one. good luck.
That was a quick market test then... I was at HD on the 25th and they had it for $299 -- $50 more than the non-aluminum version that is otherwise identical.
Man, wish I could've found it for $99.
I recently purchased the Ridgid 2.5 gallon Compressor (OL25135) after doing a fair
amount of research on the Maxus line. As you point out, with the exception of the labels, the two appear to be identical. For me the
primary reasons for going with the Ridgid were 1) availability locally (Home Depot) and 2) the fantastic introductory price of $99.00. Yes,
that's right $99.00! I was told by the customer service rep at my local HD that the $99.00 is an introductory price, and that prices will likely
go up after HD tests the market for this line of compressors. Kirk K.