Ridgid 15-Gallon Air Compressor Preview
Many trades call for portable, reliable, and adequate air pressure on the job, and the new Ridgid 15-Gallon Air Compressor looks to fit that particular bill. Its 15-gallon tank is larger than your standard pancake compressor, which should reduce the cycle frequency. It features Ridgid’s Strong Start technology, which provides reliable starting in any power condition. And, with its large wheels and slender, inline design, this unit can stay as mobile as you are. For guys whose jobs require a little extra “umph,” Ridgid’s new compressor can generate 200 PSI for the tougher applications, and 5.1 SCFM at 90 PSI for high air delivery.
Ridgid 15-Gallon Air Compressor Features
- Strong Start Technology
- Locking regulator
- 1/4″ turn ball valve tank drain
- 200 PSI
- 5.1 SCFM at 90 PSI
- 15-gallon tank
- 2 universal push-to-connect quick couplers
- 2″ pressure gauges
- Ergonomic handle design
- Accessory storage
- 8″ flat-free wheels
What’s The Big Deal?
The brand has made an extra effort to drive home the point that this Ridgid 15-Gallon Air Compressor includes Strong Start Technology, which allegedly provides “reliable starting in any power condition.” Admittedly, that sounds amazing…but we’re not entirely sure what it means. However, we found any elaborative details on that statement to be scarce. We know that it has a 14.5 amp motor, and that it will have to run off of a 20 amp circuit to cover start-up surge. Beyond that, however, we’re still uncertain for now.
What Else Is There To Love?
Aside from having an easy time starting up the Ridgid 15-Gallon Air Compressor, we found that there’s a lot more to love here. Let’s start with its mobility. Ridgid outfits this compressor with two 8″ flat-free wheels for easier maneuverability over uneven and rough terrain. It also includes an ergonomically designed handle to make moving this 94 lb compressor a more comfortable experience. Plus, for convenience’s sake, this Ridgid compressor includes an accessory basket to keep your incidentals in.
Secondly, the Ridgid 15-Gallon Air Compressor focuses on function and ease of use. This model includes 2″ pressure gauges to improve the visibility of your regulated and tank pressure. It has a locking regulator to prevent inadvertent pressure changes. The ball valve at the bottom of the tank only requires one turn to open, which ought to simplify the tank draining process. It has an oil-free design, which we consider a big plus. And, finally, this compressor includes a universal push-to-connect coupler that accepts both 1/4″ automotive and industrial plugs for easy single-hand connection.
The Ridgid 15-Gallon Air Compressor retails for $369 from your local Home Depot. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
- Model Number: OF150200A
- Depth: 18.50″
- Width: 17.62″
- Height: 41.62″
- Air Delivery SCFM @ 40 PSI: 6.2
- Air Delivery SCFM @ 90 PSI: 5.1
- Amperage: 14.5 Amps
- Compressor Tank Capacity: 15 Gallons
- Compressor Type: Trim
- Break-In Period: 30 minutes
- Oil-Free Design: Yes
- Duty Cycle: 50% (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off)
- Warranty: 3-Year Limited
- MSRP: $369