Max High-Pressure Compressor and Framing Nailer
By pumping up the pressure, you can get a full-power framing nailer that’s the size of a siding nailer.
Max’s high-pressure system uses an oil-less compressor with an aluminum tank and a super-flexible small-diameter hose to power a compact framing nailer and concrete pinners. With enough air delivery to power two framers, the compressor has five tanks with a capacity close to 6 gal. It has two operating modes: quiet and normal. Even in normal mode, its computer-controlled pump and motor are super quiet. Perhaps even more impressive is that it weighs only 35 lb.
In addition to the two high-pressure quick-connects for high-pressure tools, it has two standard pressure connections for conventional air tools. Quarter-turn valves drain the tanks with little hassle. If you want, you can even remove the three lower tanks, for occasions when you don’t need as much air.
Max PowerLite High-Pressure Compressor
Product number: AKHL1260EX
Max PowerLite 3-1/2-in. Framing Coil Nailer
Product number: HN90
Associate editor Patrick McCombe has been testing power tools on behalf of national publications for more than 15 years, and he regularly meets with product manufacturers to try out new introductions. In the Tool Tech series, Patrick reviews the latest tools and materials, discusses building technology, and shows time-tested techniques for better, more-efficient home building.