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Ridgid 18V Air Compressor Video Review

When we visited TTI’s facility up in Anderson, South Carolina, one of the products we were most excited about was the new Ridgid 18V Air Compressor. As part of the Ridgid Gen5X line, this compressor runs on one or two 18V batteries powering a brushless motor. With two batteries, it runs at full capacity. But the cool thing is that you can drop down to just the one pack if you’re in a pinch. It’s a little slower, but you can wrap up the last part of the day without stopping to recharge both packs.


When it comes to air delivery, you’re looking at 0.9 SCFM at 90 PSI coming from a 1-gallon tank that maxes out at 120 PSI. And it’s reasonably quiet at 77 decibels. That means you’ll be able to work in an occupied space without annoying folks quite as easily as you do with a standard electric compressor.

With this kind of output, it’s pretty clear that this keys in on trim nailer users that are working solo. So whether you’re a one-man crew, have some punch list work to wrap up, or even a DIYer, you can cut the cord on your compressor while still using your lightweight pneumatic trim nailers.

Check out the video for more details or head over to our written review if that’s more your style.

Ridgid 18V Air Compressor Written Review


Ridgid 18V Air Compressor Specs

  • Model: Ridgid R0230
  • Power: Single or dual 18V batteries
  • Motor: 18V brushless
  • Tank: 1-gallon
  • Regulator: Push-locking knob
  • Connection: Universal push-to-connect Quick Coupler (compatible with 1/4-inch automotive and industrial plugs)
  • 1/4-turn ball valve tank drain
  • Maximum Pressure (PSI): 120 PSI
  • Air Delivery SCFM @ 90PSI: 0.9 SCFM
  • Decibel Rating: 77 dBA
  • Hose wrap
  • Lubrication Type: Oil-Free
  • Warranty: 3-year limited
  • Price: $219.70 (tool-only)
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While you can certainly opt for cordless pneumatic tools, the Ridgid brushless 18V 1-gallon air compressor lets you use all your lightweight nailers without the need for an outlet.

Overall Score 4.2 Pro Review
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David S

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