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Ridgid’s engineers asked themselves “What’s the biggest pain in the ass about small compressors?” Their answer: Carrying it onto the jobsite. And they have a point. Though the units we employ to power small nailers are pretty light compared to older models, they’re still not light, especially when you sling all the weight from one arm. So they split the compressor in half, dividing and balancing the load. You can carry the motor and one small tank in one hand and the other two larger tanks in the other.

They took the concept a few steps further by adding a second regulator attached to the large tanks, allowing you to drive two tools (or sets of tools) at different pressures — handy as hell if you’re dealing with pneumatics that depend on PSI adjustment to determine how far fasteners sink. But there’s another benefit, too: You can separate the motor and small tank to carry it off for a second job, leaving the big tanks to powerdrive a few more nails. Or you can dump the motor and small tank outside and connect the larger tanks via a long hose, keeping the noise out of house or condo jobs.

Stats are what you’d expect from this size compressor: 4.9 SCFM at 90 PSI with 150 PSI max delivery from a total 5-gallon storage. It’s an oil-free compressor. It’s available right now at Home Depot for $280.

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4 Responses to Preview: Ridgid’s 2-in-1 Tri-Stack Compressor

  1. Brau says:

    I have my dual tank compressor bolted to an adjustable dolly for easy transport like this one: (http://tiny.cc/z4633). Can’t figure out why they don’t just put wheels on the compressors and a pull out handle … then you don’t have to carry it at all!

  2. PutnamEco says:

    Sounds overly complicated to me, more things to break…

    If you were to ask me what the biggest pain is, I would have to say it would be the noise. I cringe when ever I see someone carrying in one of those red P-C pancake compressors, knowing I’m going to be listening to the racket that those things make, all day.

  3. Toolhearty says:

    [i]PutnamEco Says:
    …If you were to ask me what the biggest pain is, I would have to say it would be the noise…[/i]

    Amen, brother.

  4. fred says:


    This is the stuff of satirical cartoons – even when we put an engine-driven compressor outside the buidling we still hear it – and worse the neighbors complain. The smell of our Paslode cordless nailers seems to get better and better.

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