Product preview: Quiet compressor

Consumer Reports News: February 07, 2007 08:08 AM

If you’ve ever used pneumatic tools--or been home when your contractor has--you already know how noisy the air compressor can be. The Kobalt Portable Compressed CO2 Regulator promises the power of compressed air in a quieter, lighter, and more convenient package. Made by Rhino Power and Lowe’s, the new compressor uses a CO2 tank, 10-foot extendible hose, and a universal connector that lets you hook up any pneumatic tool, including brad nailers, staplers, and roofing guns. Together, the tank and regulator weigh only 5 lbs. and can clip to your tool belt. Lowe’s claims that a fresh tank yields about 675 shots with a brad gun, 338 with a stapler, or 270 with a caulking gun, and delivers full power to the last shot. Available exclusively at Lowe’s stores starting in March, the compressor costs $99, which includes an empty 9-oz. tank through May. Separate tanks cost $24 for the 9-oz. size, $36 for the 12-oz. version; refills cost $6 for the smaller tank, $9 for the larger one.
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