I have wanted a small portable compressor for a long time; I just never pulled the trigger — the 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless 1 Gal. Portable Air Compressor has filled the gap. So far, I’ve been excited with this addition to the shop. Like the small compressor, I also wanted a cordless nailer because I didn’t want to lug the sizeable 30-gallon compressor around. Most importantly, I like to keep my tools in place.
Of course, to use the air gun, I had to fill up the 30-gallon tank to get good pressure. At that size, it’s not easy to lug to my neighbors house or traveling, if you have to for work. In fact, I had to borrow one from a friend when I remodel my parents’ closet.
Let’s take a look at what the RYOBI portable air compressor has to offer. The main thing here is portability and battery-powered. For all RYOBI users, you may know about this tool, as it is one of the largest 18-Volt Tool systems.
There has to be some compromise here, and the only thing I noticed was the one-gallon tank is on the small side. This is not to take anything away from the tool I just I never used anything less than a 4 gallon.
So, you can expect the tool to turn on a lot with heavy or prolonged uses. This is to be expected with a one-gallon tank.
The compressor delivers up to a 120 PSI making it perfect for using a finish nailer, inflating car tires, balls, and good enough to blow dust away.
It’s a robust compressor! Just like all compressors, you have a universal Coupler Push-To-Connect.There is also a locking regulator to keep the pressure at the intended PSI.
Onboard holder for hose storage although I am not sure which hose fits for this. I use a generic one. Also, a tank drain valve to quickly drain the tank after use.
The handle feels nice in your hand when transporting. This unit does not come with a battery, so consider that if you do not already own one of Ryobi 18-Volt tool and battery.
For my first experience with this, I installed flooring at my neighbors house, and this compressor was gold! I took a fully charged battery and had no issues. I was able to use the brad nailer as usual, and this worked out great. I put on all the ¼ round molding and even a couple piece of baseboard. It’s very light to tote around, and the grip was soft.
I felt confident enough that this would hold up for my typical project use cases. As I mentioned, I have a larger compressor that handles all my other needs. This Cordless 1 gallon. Portable Air Compressor is good enough for woodworking projects, pumping up car tires and many other uses. If you never had a cordless air compressor, you will enjoy this one. It’s worth a look if you are looking or on the fence of what to get.
Since the compressor has a one-gallon tank, it will often run with continuous use; it’s not too loud. Overall I think it’s great.
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