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Amazon has two different versions of the HipShot battery-powered belt-mounted compressor available. You can buy the HipShot 92101 for about $53.00 from an Amazon store, or the HipShot 92102 from Amazon directly for $59.99.

What we’d like to know is whether these low prices and lack of any real detail means the HipShot is practically dead as a product. The Palmgren site has precious little detail and only references the 92101. There seem to be few places offering it that are not affiliated with Amazon. Toolmonger noted the odd pricing discounts back in 2008 and it seems little has changed.

Has anyone actually used one? The reviews seem evenly divided between one and 5 stars which doesn’t bode well. Ultimately it seems that the advent of CO2 power, like the JacPac, has diminished the utility of a tiny, slow, battery powered compressor.

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15 Responses to Hot or Not? Palmgren HipShot

  1. Greg Smith says:

    How long does either one of these systems last?

    • a says:

      have one and does come in handy, looking now for a replacement battery.
      Great for molding but each battery only good for 20 > 25 brad nail shots.
      Good as a quick check list item

  2. MattC says:

    To echo what “Greg Smith” asked earlier, it really depends on how long the charge lasts on the compressor. Obviously it is designed for rather low draw power (i.e. brad nailers, etc) and a constant strain would probably tap it out pretty quickly. The low price seems that this system is a bit antiquated compared to a newer CO2 system.

  3. Joe says:

    Not. I got one on clearance a while back. Used it for a short while – unfortunately the combination of low pressure, no tank capacity, and underpowered batteries made it unsuitable for anything other than a quick pin nailing job. It’s been relegated to the corner of the basement where the junk tools go to collect dust.

  4. Bob The Drywall Guy says:

    This relates to the Jacpac…. I’ve always wanted to take my paintball 68cu 4500 psi air tank and with a 2 stag regulating system bring it down to air tool psi….

    The only problem would be getting it refilled. a 4500 psi compressor starts around $2500. and not everyone has a paintball field close by.

  5. Jim says:

    I dunno, I find it really handy. No I wouldn’t use it for framing, but as a DIYer who does some finish carpentry it’s great. Now granted I picked mine up for $39 delivered and ended up replacing the hose (had a leak that I couldn’t get rid of). I use it around the house for small jobs when I don’t want to drag out my pancake compressor. It typically cycles every other shot. The batteries last long enough when fully charged, but off the charger they don’t last at all so I always keep one on the charger. As far as longevity I used a finish stapler to secure some carpet treads to stairs and put about 90 staples in red oak to secure them all on one battery. In using it on other projects it’s always sunk the brad, pin, or staple to the right depth. It’s definitely not for professional use, but handy for around the house. The CO2 setup to me seems like a little costly for my needs, with the consumables unless maybe you try what Bob suggested. If it’s cheap enough and you can afford to be disappointed then pick up the Palmgren. IMHO

  6. Cameron says:

    I just added a regulator and coil hose to one of those portable air tanks. I can fire about 100 brads for finish work before I need to go back to the garage compressor and refill.

  7. Rock says:

    Another “solution looking for a problem” or application. Better, cheaper, faster? In this case fail, fail, fail.

  8. Pezdad says:

    I have one of the battery powered ones – from the Amazon links, it looks like they discontinued the battery powered one and instead added a cord (like the photo on the toolmonger post). The one I have is useful for small jobs – it is light and easy to haul around. It cycles after about 3-4 brads, but can cycle quickly enough for putting up trim. The real weakness is that the batterys are NiCad, and NiCads simply won’t hold enough charge to be very useful (maybe drive 35-45 brads or staples) so even with the 2 batteries they included the job needs to be small. So when I was putting up a radient barrier in the attic, it was worthless, because the batteries would be spent in minutes, but when I was installing a couble pieces of trim moulding in the kitchen it was great (so much easier than dragging in the compressor – it is at the job and ready to go in seconds – and moulding should be done with a nailer rather than by hand).

    I am unsure about the electric cord on the new one – it solves the biggest problem (extremely short battery life) but also takes away the biggest benifit (tiny, portable, use-anywhere … you are now tethered, and the extension cord will weigh more than this tool).

  9. Nick says:

    Works pretty well for my small-scale DIY finish carpentry around the house.

    I looked into the options:

    I don’t use brad nailer often enough to justify buying and storing a real compressor. Borrowing one from a friend is a hassle (and the beast is HEAVY!) The paintball tank with a regulator Lowe’s sells for that purpose is overpriced, and can’t be be refilled at home anyway.

    If you only need to replace a baseboard or a chair rail every once in a while, it’s a pretty good deal. If you are a pro, or a heavy-duty woodworker, it’s not for you. Batteries are 12V NiCd, so they should be reasonably easy to replace or rebuild.

  10. Jim says:

    I use the same setup as Cameron suggested a portable air tank and coil hose. I used it for multiple nailers including to effectively operate a hammer actuated flooring nailer. (I did most of the work off the compressor, this for some slow spot work after dinner when I did not want to drag the hoses out). When using a pinner, the tank holds enough air for almost any single small job.

  11. fred says:

    I thought that the reason for going to CO2 – paintball cylinders – was that they could store a lot more energy than what you could pack into a typical pig tank.

    Anyway – we have always found that the hose is just as mucch of an issue – particularly in tight spaces found on a residential remodel job. Those powder rooms – and ladder climbs into tight stairwells – make it a burden – even with a lighter polyurethane hose. That’s where we resort to our Paslode Impulse nailers.

  12. Mark says:

    I had two of these. The first one I ordered arrived in pieces in the box. The second one worked for about thirty seconds, then died. It turned out to be a blown fuse inside the unit; and after that, I didn’t feel too comfortable about Palmgren’s quality control.

    I really like the idea of these things, but I wish I could trust them to hold up a little better.

  13. jASON says:

    Mine’s been good to me. I’ve got the compressor for larger jobs, but I like keeping this handy during misc projects where you just need to fire in a finishing nail occasionally.

  14. Steve Macha says:

    Unit is under-powered with its 12V, 2AH battery. A new battery might operate the compressor for some 20 nailer shots. With re-charge wear the number of nail shots soon becomes less and less. Now I cannot even find replacement batteries unless someone is kind enough to provide me compatible battery replacement information. If not then this once good thought of a useful tool becomes a nice piece of junk.

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