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  • Do Systainer Air Compressors Stack Up To Competition?

    Bringing a touch of Europe to North America, systainer air compressors put a new spin on an age-old product. Made popular by Festool, these air compressors come fully housed in a rugged systainer box. Stack-able and built for abuse, here's a look at Cadex and RolAir's take on the popular systainer.

    Cadex Systainer Compressors

    Featuring a light gray body with lime green trim, Cadex offers two versions of systainer compressor, giving users the choice between a 1 HP and 1.5 HP motor. The Cadex SYS/3-COMP is a compact 1 HP compressor, with a tank size of 1-1/4 gallons, and weight of 25.30 lbs. With a maximum pressure of 120 PSI, it delivers up to 1.8 CFM at 90 PSI. The Cadex SYS/4-COMP 1.5 HP compressor is slightly taller than its sibling, allowing for greater capacity. Weighing 34.30 lbs, this Cadex systainer compressor can hold 2-1/2 gallons of air, has a maximum pressure of 120 PSI, air delivery output of 3.6 CFM at 90 PSI, and a 60% duty cycle rating. Both compressors are ultra-quiet, running at an ear-pleasing 68 decibels (dB) - which makes either model ideal for use in low noise settings, such as schools and hospitals. Keeping with European tradition, both Cadex systainer compressors are manufactured in Italy.

    And, with a rich history producing air compressors and pneumatics, RolAir is ready to compete with their 1 HP RolAir "AIRSTAK" systainer. A total weight of 28 lbs., this AIRSTAK compressor holds 1.6 gallons of air, and delivers 2.0 CFM at 90 PSI - all while operating on a mere 8 amps of power. While the AIRSTAK is slightly noisier than Cadex, it still offers 70 decibel (dB) ultra-low noise output. Housed in a rugged Tanos T-Loc case, the RolAir AIRSTAK easily integrates with other Festool systainer boxes.

    RolAir Systainer Compressor

    Before purchasing a systainer compressor, consider price versus benefit. In comparison to traditional compressors of similar size and horsepower, plan to spend $300-$500 more for a T-Loc systainer compressor.

    Why the additional cost?

    Owners pay for the versatility and reputation tied to the systainer box concept. The real benefit in owning a systainer air compressor comes from its ergonomic design. In other words, if your workshop, truck or trailer space is extremely limited - and you need to take advantage of every last square inch - you can easily justify the space saving benefits of a systainer. If you already own several systainer boxes, a systainer compressor can easily stack with your other boxes.

    Systainer boxes have earned a reputation for their rugged design. These boxes are known for their convenience and durability. Stack and interlock each systainer to create a stationary, organized workspace. Securely transport systainer stacks where you need them – providing instant mobility to any workshop.

    Do these systainer compressors stack up to expectation? You decide.

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Hitachi Power Tools To Become Metabo HPT

    Big news from an age-old brand, as Hitachi Power Tools announced they will transition the iconic "Hitachi" brand name to "Metabo HPT." The branding change is set to begin September 2018, with the launch of the company's new MultiVolt cordless platform. Hitachi anticipates existing product lines will transition no later than early 2019.

    But, what does this mean for Hitachi tool owners?

    Hitachi Power Tools Renames to Metabo HPT in North America

    Here's what we know:

    First, and foremost, Hitachi wants owners to know this transition will have no effect on the quality of their tools and service. Warranties will remain unaffected by the re-branding, so if you recently purchased a new Hitachi tool, rest assured that your warranty will not change.

    Furthermore, build quality remains the same - Metabo HPT tools will share identical parts and engineering technology as current Hitachi tools.

    So, what will change? In Hitachi's official announcement today, the company emphasizes they are simply re-branding their tools with a new name and logo. Users may see minor changes to part numbers, once the transition is complete, but will otherwise enjoy the exact same tools that built Hitachi's reputation for quality and value.

    Hitachi Metabo HPT

    Why change the name? Hitachi Power Tools USA was acquired by an investment firm, which elected to change the company name, as it is no longer affiliated with Hitachi Ltd. While Metabo HPT and Metabo are both owned by the same group of companies, each brand will operate independent of the other.

    What won't change? According to Hitachi, products will retain current brand identity: same color, same models, same warranties and the same battery interchangeability. They will be made by the same people, in the same factories, with the same specifications and focus on innovation that customers have come to expect. All products will continue to be covered and supported by the same industry-leading warranties and service. Hitachi Power Tools products will be interchangeable with Metabo HPT products, and Metabo HPT products will be interchangeable with Hitachi Power Tool products.

    Hitachi Metabo HPT Transition

    What products will transition to Metabo HPT? In the official release from Hitachi, the company states their full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America will transition to the new Metabo HPT brand name.

    When will the transition take place? While the official announcement released March 12, 2018, the company plans to kick-start the transition in September, with the launch of their MultiVolt cordless platform. For existing Hitachi products, we don't expect to see most models' branding change until December - and into the 2019 calendar year.

    Metabo HPT packaging and signage at point of sale during the transition will feature both names and logos, to clearly communicate the changeover from Hitachi Power Tools.

    As the transition approaches, stay tuned for additional details. Here's a link to Hitachi Power Tools' official news release.

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Is Hitachi's Cordless Pin Nailer A Game Changer?

    Hitachi, a brand that built its reputation on pneumatic tools, has once again struck innovation, this time with a different technology - cordless. Leading the revolution in job site functionality and ease-of-use, the new Hitachi NP18DSAL cordless pin nailer is set to take carpentry to the next level.

    Hitachi 23 Gauge Cordless Pinner

    Cutting the cord, the Hitachi NP18DSAL 23 gauge cordless pin nailer is 100% battery-powered. With the lightweight BSL1830C 3.0 Ah Li-Ion battery providing plenty of power, this sequential-firing pin nailer can drive 2 to 3 pins per second – shooting approximately 3,000 pins total per battery charge.

    Brand new to market, the Hitachi NP18DSAL 18V 23 gauge cordless pin nailer is Hitachi’s first tool to feature the brand's newly patented “No-Push” safety nose tip. Designed to reduce work related fatigue, simply place the tool nose against your work surface and pull the trigger. An added bonus, this nose design also helps to prevent surface marring.

    Easy to use, Hitachi added a built-in counterweight to virtually eliminate tool recoil. Other user-friendly features on this cordless pinner include a slim nose (for serious accuracy between tight trim grooves), an ergonomic comfort grip handle, and tool body bumpers. Users will also benefit from a list of standard features including dry-fire lockout, tool-less depth of drive adjustment, on-tool battery charge indicator, LED light with tool on/off switch, and a belt hook.

    Hitachi NP18DSAL

    For those already committed to Hitachi cordless, who do not need the battery or charger, a bare tool-only model is also available. The NP18DSALP4 pin nailer offers the same great features as the full kit model, but deletes the battery, charger and carrying bag from bundle.

    For those that want the full kit, the Hitachi NP18DSAL [18V 23 gauge cordless pin nailer kit] includes the tool, Li-Ion battery [339782], fast charging station [UC18YKSL], contractor carrying bag, safety glasses, 3mm. hex bar wrench, and a no-mar nose cap set.

    For complete peace-of-mind, Hitachi offers a limited-lifetime warranty on the tool itself (at launch), while the battery receives a 2-year warranty, and the charger includes a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer.

    Are you ready to go all-in on Hitachi cordless?

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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