Here we see our Ridgid twin-tank aluminum air compressor in its native environment — its central position right under the miter saw is no accident. This compressor is a slightly dusty star of the show, and the shop wouldn’t be able to function correctly without it.
The aluminum 5-gallon twin-stack air compressor is neither overlooked nor underrated in the Toolmonger wood shop. Much like a finely tuned muscle car, the Ridgid is loud, powerful, and impressive to see in action -– for tool guys anyway. The 5-gallon tank setup provides enough air to power any tool we’ve hooked up to it, and it doesn’t run all day even though we often do.
It’s much lighter than other units of the same size — but, to be honest, we don’t really move it that much except to empty the valve every week and drain the moisture from the tanks. Because they’re aluminum, we suspect these tanks won’t rust nearly as quick as steel tanks.
The best feature is the second hose outlet — two of us can run finish nailers at the same time off the same tank without much difference and never run out of air. It’s a small thing, but it adds up to a bunch more flexibility in the shop.
Though it’s not for everyone, put it on your short list if you’re considering a small twin-stack compressor.