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Hipshot Compressor

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.

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6 Responses to Untether Your Nail Gun With The HipShot

  1. SuperJdynamite says:

    “and CO2-powered belt packs can only drive so many nails before you have to buy a new canister.”

    You don’t throw away the canister when it’s empty. You can get them refilled at The Sports Authority or any place else that fills paintball gun canisters.

  2. fred says:

    We tried one of those Kobalt/Lowes variants of the CO2 rig.
    In our applications they will not replace our Paslode Impulse drivers.

  3. Ivan Jakinov says:

    +10 dork points for wearing one of these

  4. Barri says:

    i had the kobalt CO2 system and i was lucky if i got 150 shots of a brad nailer from a 20oz canister. I even tryed different brand guns and hoses and still no change. A total rip off and lowes canisters were never anywhere near full, so you got even less shots. I would hate to think how often this thing has to run to get the pressure to run a nail gun. Might as well just nail the nails in by hand and you wouldnt look like such a tool.

  5. Steve says:

    I have one of these, I got it to provide portable air to blow out computers on job sites. I can get 2-3 shots out of it before it needs to fire the compressor.

    I was told it was designed for builder support people to complete quickie repairs on finished homes etc.

  6. kyle says:

    I think this would be the same pincipal as the porter cable cordless nailers with a built in compressor, but the compressor isnt incorperated in to the gun, this would probly work well for finish work since you dont typicaly fire a lot of nalis guick ley when donig finish work so the time i between shot the pressure should build back up and your ready to go.

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