As the lead carpenter here at TFH, I use air compressors a lot. For the past several months, my go-to compressor has been the 18-volt battery-powered 1-gallon unit from Ridgid (model R0230). Here’s why. My work often takes me to several different locations in a day, and cordless means less hassle finding outlets and dealing with extension cords. Since I can carry it right to where I need it, one short hose is all I need. It even has a strap for the hose.
The R0230 is perfect for trim guns and light framing and runs on the same 18-volt batteries used by other Ridgid tools—one, or two for a longer run-time. Its rubber feet protect floors from damage,
and it’s quieter than most small electric compressors.
I also like the ball valve at the tank bottom, which makes it easy to drain the condensation at the end of the day. The truth is, I haven’t used any of our other compressors since I started using this one.
The compressor sells for $200 at The Home Depot. The batteries and charger are sold separately. If you already own other Ridgid 18-volt tools, you’re all set.