February 7, 2008

Ridgid's 2.5-Gallon Aluminum Compressor for $49

home_depot_price.jpgThere's been quite a bit of discussion about the price of the Ridgid 2.5-Gallon Aluminum Air Compressor. We've read that some people got it for $99 and others have found it for as low as $49. We were skeptical of this second price, but omextreme over at slickdeals.net has the cold, hard proof. As you can see from the photo, Home Depot (at least one of them) is indeed selling the compressor for the dirt-cheap price of $49. As you can also see from the photo, someone at Home Depot needs spelling lessons.

Check out omextreme's posting (with an another photo) here.

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January 29, 2008

JacPac - Review

jacpac_case.jpgWe've been interested in Supplierpipeline's JacPac ever since we first laid eyes on it last month. It's a little portable pneumatic power source that clips on your belt, making you a one man mobile nailing army. It seemed to us that this might be one of those tools that really could change the way you work. Just imagine what it would be like to have all the ease and versatility of your nail guns without all the weight, noise, and hassle of the compressor setup. But we also had a nagging feeling that this whole thing would be a bit of a gimmick, that it wouldn't shoot nails very well, or that it be poorly made and fall apart after the first use. Well, thanks to the nice folks at Supplierpipeline, we got the opportunity to test one out and here's what we found.

The tank itself is filled with liquid CO2, which is easily available at any paintball supply store and it's pretty cheap. A quick google search located the nearest paintball emporium and $3.45 later the tank was ready to go. The rest of the setup is easy enough, just screw the tank into the regulator and you're done.

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January 22, 2008

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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January 7, 2008

Grex P635 23 Gauge 1-3/8" Length Headless Pinner

grex_p635.jpgThere is no doubt that 23 gauge headless pinners are on the rise. If you deal with any kind of precision work, just five minutes with one of these tools will convince you of their value. Last year, we took a really close look at the Cadex CPB23.50 and found it to be one of the finest tools we've ever used. Grex, a company devoted to pneumatic tools, also has a complete line of pinners. We played around with their P635 at a trade show a while back and were impressed with the tool.

The P635 can handle pins ranging in length from 3/8" to 1-3/8" which, if you don't deal with anything bigger than 3/4 stock, should be plenty. It's got a rear exhaust, a belt hook, a no-mar tip, and the double trigger that is standard with 23 gauge pinners. The gun weighs just under 2-1/4 lbs.

Read on to see what others have said about the P635.

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January 3, 2008

JacPac Arrives for Review

jac_pac2.jpgUPDATE: Our review of the JacPac is here.

We've been really curious about the JacPac ever since we first heard about it back in early December. To us, it looks like it could be one of those rare tools that really might change the way people work. Can't you see a job site 10 years into the future with no communal air compressors and no air hoses routed all over the house? Instead, everyone has their own pneumatic power source hooked on to their belt and they only need enough hose to make it to the end of their arm.

But is this a reality? We'll be testing the JacPac and we'll let you know what we think. Also, we've got reviews coming of another Skil product as well as Ryobi's AIRgrip Self-Leveling Laser.

JacPac at Amazon.com

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December 20, 2007

Maxus X-Lite Aluminum Compressor - Review

maxus_front.jpgAn air compressor is essential to anyone who goes beyond the basic levels of the DIY world. With the right attachments, they can serve a lot of purposes; they can power any number of nail guns, inflate anything from car tires to rubber rafts, and even act as a blow gun to get fine dust off of a workplace. There are a few drawbacks though; one is that they tend to be big and bulky items. Over the past few years, smaller 1-2 gallon models have come out, but they're still pretty heavy, although far lighter than the 4+ gallon contractor models. The other issue that the compressor owner is constantly dealing with is the corrosion of the tank. This manifests itself in a blast of rust water every time the compressor is drained (which is supposed to be daily, but we all know how that goes).

To address these two common complaints of compressors, a company called Maxus has recently released the X-Lite line of compressors. The difference between these and other compressors is that the tanks are made of aluminum, thus, in one maneuver, solving both of the aforementioned problems. It's true that hindsight is 20/20, but this seems like a no-brainer. How come no one thought of this before?

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December 11, 2007


jac_pac2.jpgUPDATE: Our review of the JacPac is here.

We saw this when we checked out DIY Network's new show Cool Tools (it's on the video called "Power, Tunes, & Clean"). The JacPac, made by a company called Supplierpipeline, is a portable pneumatic power source that is so compact that it can clip on your belt. It even comes with a hose, so all you need is the gun and you're ready to go.

It doesn't use air, like a regular compressor, but rather CO2, which can be had at any reputable paintball center. It costs about $5 to fill the tank and according to Supplierpipeline you should be able to shoot 500 brads/staples out of a single canister. The whole unit weighs about 5lbs, so it'll hardly even be tugging at your pants.

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November 7, 2007

Husky 2 Nailer/Compressor Kit

Husky is now offering a new pneumatic kit that not only has everything you need to get going, but is also wildly inexpensive. It's just around for the holidays, so if you're interested, you'd better act fast. The kit includes:

1.5 gallon compressor
16 gauge straight finish nailer
18 gauge brad nailer
25' air hose
1,000 finish nails
1,000 brad nails
3 pocket tool bag that attaches to the compressor.

The nailers both come with the standard features found on all quality nail guns (adjustable exhaust, tool-free depth of drive, no-mar pad).

This is probably a good place to start for the DIYer who hasn't gotten around to getting a solid pneumatic setup. We've never used any of Husky's nail guns, so we can't vouch for their quality, other than to say that all other Husky tools we've used have taken a good beating and kept on working.

The thing that sets this kit apart from others like it is the price. All of this; the compressor, the 2 nailers, and all the extras, costs only $179. DeWalt has a similar kit for about $290.

Like we said, Husky won't be restocking them in January. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Exclusively at Home Depot

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October 17, 2007

Maxus X-Lite Air Compressors

maxus_compressor.jpgMaxus, makers of pneumatic tools and equipment (and also welders), are in the process of releasing three new air compressors in their X-Lite series. The X-Lites were launched this past spring and look to solve two of the nagging problems that all compressors have; the weight and the corrosion.

These issues are tackled with the simple fact that the X-Lite tanks are made out of aluminum as opposed to steel. Since aluminum doesn't rust out like steel, you won't be dealing with a blast of rusty water every time you drain the tanks. Also, because of the lack of corrosion, the compressor should last longer, seeing as it isn't rusting from the inside out.

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October 2, 2007

Cadex CPB23.50 23 Gauge Pinner and Brad Nailer - Review

cadexcpb23_50.jpgPin nailers have been around for a bit, but only in the past few years have they started filtering down into the hands of the non-specialist and the day-to-day carpenters. They're little guns (smaller than a brad gun) and they shoot very small pins that don't even have any heads. Because of the size of the fastener, the guns are ideal for some very delicate operations. At the moment, most of the major pneumatic brands have pinners available. We had read good things about the Cadex CPB23.50, but weren't ready for just how nice of a tool it is.

Awhile back, we reviewed Grizzly's H5527 Brad Gun and gave it some high marks for being a solid no-frills gun at an affordable price ($25), well now we're on the other end of the spectrum; with Cadex's new gun they've created a perfectly tuned, versatile nail gun that manages to raise the bar on all pin nailers.


First, the stats. The Cadex CPB23.50 shoots both 23 gauge headless pins and 23 gauge slight headed pins (an unusual feature in pinners – most just shoot headless). It can handle lengths from 5/8" up to 2" (another unusual feature). The gun comes with two no-mar tips that easily fit onto the nose of the gun as well as a small container of gun oil and three different hex wrenches that fit the various fittings on the tool. There is a dry fire lock-out feature and a nice little viewing window to see how many pins are in the gun. It's got a built-in belt hook, a swivel coupling, and a little thumb operated blow gun that you can use to clear your work piece of dust and debris. The whole package comes in at just a hair over 2-1/2 lbs.

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