For all the sub-rock dwellers clinging to the dark and safe ways of yore, this is an air compressor. It is your friend. Embrace it, love it and bask in its many conveniences. The new 26-gallon Campbell Hausfeld compressor is specifically aimed at the challenges and objections homeowners have to an air-powered rig.
To get the party started, just kick the big red power button at the bottom rear and the hose fills to 115psi; then the tank fills in preparation for continued operation. That’s right — the hose fills first. It might sound a little weird but it’s sort of a slick idea.
The rubber-coated regulator knob is twice as large as previous models and clicks at 5-10 PSI intervals to set the pressure and keep it where you want it. Of course you should always watch the gauge just to be sure, but it’s a nice feedback feature. The pressure gauge also got a boost in size from the normal 1.5” to a very respectable 3” of easy-reading gauge hotness.
CH also removed the need to tip and wheel the rig around with its no-tilt push/pull system. Two front casters and two rear wheels let the unit move around much like R2D2 instead of the normal dolly style, and once the compressor is where you want it there’s an axle brake so no one’s going to have to chase it down.
The pump is oilless so the regular cautionary warning of oiling maintenance and the tales of woe that go along with them will be happily absent from the 26-gallon mobile’s list of possible gripes. And my favorite feature is probably the most trivial as well. The top end of the compressor has an on-board storage area for air tools, or in our case, a cooler of iced-down beer.
For the tech-spec minded, we pulled the reported numbers off the CH compressor mini-site and found that the 26-Gallon rig has a 150 PSI Max and the 1.7 HP compressor will push 3.8 SCFM @ 90 PSI or 5.6 SCFM @ 40 PSI. That’s enough to run the automotive air tools of your choice or something like a finish nailer until the end of time.
Campbell Hausfeld says the new rig will be rolling the new models out to the local Lowes this month and they will have a suggested retail of about $340.
26 Gallon Mobile Compressor [Campbell Hausfeld Compressors]