November 25, 2009

Bosch Full Force Compressors

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To go along with their new air guns, Bosch is releasing five new compressors (three hand carry and two wheelbarrow). Like the guns, Bosch isn't content with releasing a generic old compressor with their logo on it, nope, they've got to get all 'advanced innovation' on us.

The new items have a few stand-out characteristics that separate them from the pack. First, the hand-carry models are twin tank units with the tanks positioned vertically. This allows for a more effective single drain system as well as a better center of gravity. As someone who routinely lugs a 4-gallon compressor over uneven ground and up staging ladders, I can attest that this is not an improvement to be ignored.

The wheelbarrow compressors also have the single drain as well as a redesigned handle so it's easier to wheel it around.

I had the opportunity to give these compressors a look over (in a non-work environment), and we liked what we saw. The weight distribution really does make it easier to carry and the drainage set-up is one of those, "you mean no one ever thought of that before" kind of things.

As for pricing, the hand-carry models are in the $300-$400 range and the wheelbarrow's are up around $1,100-$1,500. So like the Full Force guns, they're more expensive than the rest of what's out there, but when compared to other top brands, the difference isn't all that great.

There's more information at the Bosch website here, and if you're interested in more nitty-gritty information on the compressors, the press release is after the jump.

The Bosch compressors are available at Amazon.com.

Mount Prospect, Ill., November 24, 2009 - Bosch Power Tools & Accessories this week is expanding its family of Full Force Technologyâ„¢-equipped pneumatic fastening tools with the addition of a family of compressors. The lineup includes three hand-carry compressors and two wheelbarrow compressors, giving users the versatility they need to tackle any pneumatic fastening application.

Bosch's twin-tank hand-carry compressors employ an innovative vertical tank configuration that addresses some of the most common user complaints associated with previous compressor designs. The most notable new feature is Bosch's EZ Drain system. The vertical tank design allows moisture to collect at the bottom of the tanks and also enabled Bosch's engineers to design a control panel that gives users unprecedented access to the drain valve. With pressure in the tanks, users can use a single valve to easily drain both tanks as often as needed, which enhances the life of the compressor and increases productivity.

Another major benefit of the new design is optimized ergonomics. The vertical tank configuration condenses the center of gravity and improves balance, enabling users to carry the compressors closer to their bodies. Bosch's design also reduces the footprint of the compressors, enhancing maneuverability and storage capabilities. A sturdy roll cage protects the pump/motor, pressure switch and safety valve from jobsite conditions, improving the durability of these components.

Other key features include a recessed control panel to fully protect the regulator, gauges, couplers and the drain valve, a 4-pole induction motor (2-pole induction motor on the CET4-20 and CET4-20W) to reduce noise and distraction on the jobsite and a contractor grade oil-lubricated pump for long life and reliable service.

Like the hand-carry compressors, Bosch's new twin-tank wheelbarrow style compressors are designed with user comfort, ease of use and durability in mind. For example, these compressors also employ the EZ Drain system and enable users to drain both tanks using a single ball valve accessible from the control panel.

Another intelligent feature unique to Bosch's wheelbarrow compressors is the handle design. The handles are specially shaped to give users multiple hand positions when transporting the compressor. When it's time to load up at the end of the day, the handles double as skids, significantly easing the process of loading the compressors into the back of a truck and minimizing user fatigue.

Users will also appreciate the easy-access angled control panel, and a cold start valve for an easier start in cold weather conditions. A cast iron oil-lubed pump maximizes durability, and Bosch backs it up with a 2-year pump warranty.

Bosch's complete family of compressors is currently available through authorized Bosch retailers nationwide. To find out more, users may visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99.

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