Hitachi 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank
Hitachi Power Tools recently announced the horizontal-barrel Hitachi 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank, its first to be ASME certified. Hitachi claims that the reserve air tank will ensure sufficient and constant air pressure for five nailers operating simultaneously 200 or more feet from the compressor. A large knob regulator can control the pressure for an individual nailer that requires less pressure than others operating from the tank.
The Hitachi 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank weighs in at 40 pounds fully outfitted, includes a complete set of fittings and accessories with five quick connect couplers (4 unregulated and 1 regulated), features a roll cage design to protect steel-encased gauges, a steel tubular handle, angled steel legs, and an industrial ball (shut-off) valve on the input to prevent draining itself. The air tank is covered by Hitachi’s 1-year professional warranty.
Reserve air tanks have become all the rage this year with Rolair winning a Pro Tool Innovation Award for theirs. There are several reasons to go with a reserve. The most obvious is simply greater air capacity, which Hitachi now offers an additional 10 gallons of.
Four unregulated couplings are included and can have the pressure set by the regulator on the parent compressor. If you need a single tool operating at a lower pressure, the regulated connection will help you out there.
One advantage to having a reserve air tank with this many connections is the ability to run your compressor outside yet have your pressure source close enough to the work space. A crew can be framing or trimming multiple rooms at once while keeping the noise level and gas fumes down.
For applications where dragging a primary compressor out is inconvenient or impossible, you can fill the tank from a large shop compressor and take it out in the field for punch list work or filling flat tires.
One thing to keep in mind is the duty cycle of your compressor’s motor. Adding a reserve tank requires it to fill more air and you should be cautious of how hard you’re making that motor work. If you’re thinking about adding the Hitachi 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank to your pancake compressor to run five roofing nailers, you’ll need to take a time out and reconsider.
Hitachi 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank Features
- Safety Relief Valve
- Industrial Tank Pressure Gauge
- Industrial Regulated Pressure Gauge
- Industrial Ball (Shut-Off) Valve on Input
- Four 1/4-inch Quick Connect Couplers with 3/8-inch NPT
- 1/4-inch Quick Connect Coupler (located on Regulator) with 1/4-inch NPT
- 1/4-inch Industrial Plug
- Roll cage design
- Steel tubular handle
- Steel legs
- Industrial ball (shut-off) valve
Hitachi 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank Specifications
- Model: Hitachi UA3810AB
- Max PSI: 175
- Weight: 40 pounds
- Price: TBA
- Warranty: 1 year