The nail gun revolutionized carpentry, but at the expense of tying the carpenter to a stationary compressor. Companies have devised some ingenious solutions to this problem — but battery-powered or battery-and-gas-powered nail guns can be heavy, awkward, and costly; and CO2-powered belt packs can only drive so many nails before you have to buy a new canister. Palmgren devised another solution: a portable, tank-less compressor that weighs just 6.6 lbs including the battery, so you can carry it easily over the shoulder or around the waist.
Lacking a tank, the HipShot stores enough air in the coil hose and in the body of the tool itself to drive the nailer continuously. With the on/off switch, you can shut down the HipShot when you’re not using it, which extends the life of the battery. You’ll get about 120-180 shots per battery charge with 18-gauge nails, or 30-50 shots per charge with 15-gauge nails.
Palmgren designed the HipShot to be compatible with many pneumatic nail guns, including staplers, brad nailers, finish nailers, and roofing nailers. If the nail gun can operate between 85 and 125 PSI, there’s a good chance it’ll work.
The HipShot comes with coil air hose, couplers, shoulder strap, compressor, two 12V batteries, and AC charger for as little as $40. It lists at $230, but for some reason it’s being deeply discounted. I don’t have any experience with this compressor, but when something is discounted like this, a little warning light goes off in my head. If you’ve had any experience with the HipShot, let us know in the comments.