|Review by Thuan||posted 02-29-2008 07:27 AM||21370 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I realized that my air compressor was too big and noisy for the little amount of time I use it, so I traded it in for a new systems that works very well for the the little work shops. Lowes’ came up up with this neat CO2 regulator that powers most pneumatic nailers. This unit with the 20 oz CO2 canister can shoot 600 16 gauge brads or 1200 pins. This is the same system that paint ball guns use, so refills and extra tanks are readily available. The kit cost around $100 at Lowe’s and is worth every penny if you don’t use the gun that often or if you do cabinet installation jobs. The refills are about $10 each, so it’s quite affordable for a gizmo that turns all your nail guns cordless, is very quiet to use and takes up very little room. What’s more important is that it there’s no water vapor in the system so the nail gun lasts longer. The problem I do have with the unit is that if there is even a little leak anywhere along the line or the gasket in your gun, then you can easily loose the entire canister of CO2 in a matter of minutes and then have to go get a refill. So I try to have a spare refill canister with me, after losing three tanks, I learned to work around these problems by turning off the valve. Still, pretty good trade off to be able to use gun when ever with out having to lug around the compressor, and looking for an outlet
Even though this will never replace the air compressor, it extremely useful and efficient in many places especially if you do house calls or minor repair work. I would give it a five if they built a quicker shut off valve instead of the screw valve.