Air Compressor On Wheels

By Robert Robillard on Contractor Advice


My aching back . . .

The older I get the more I look for better, faster, easier ways to do things.  Oh … and let’s not forget lighter!!

The nail gun compressor, shown below, weighs approx. 68 lbs. Unfortunately it is not ergonomically designed and is a total bear to carry around the job site, yard, in and out of a house or long distances.

Winter time is usually the time I repair tools, update my shop, and maintain wood working machines. While waiting for last weeks New Years snow storms to finish, I decided to attached my compressor to a two wheeler to make it easier to move.

Compressor on wheels:

  • The compressor is secured to a 3/4″ plywood base with rubber feet.
  • The 3/4″ plywood is secured to the two wheeler with four stainless steel bolts.
  • I chose stainless steel to provide protection from the elements and to avoid rusting bolts.
  • This compressor unit sees outdoor use but does make it indoors as well. Rusty bolts might stain a rug or floor.

  • I cut out the plywood at the drain cocks to avoid a knuckle scraper – The drain cocks are used to release the air and drain moisture from the tanks.

  • An additional piece of 3/4″ plywood was added to the very bottom. Three rubber feet were secured to this plywood.
  • The additional plywood and rubber feet make sure the stainless steel bolts do not come in contact with a finished floor.

Photo below shows stainless steel bots vs. floor clearance.

  • I attached the quick hose connect to plywood on the rear handle of the two wheeler. I also made up a double connection so two nail guns can run at the same time.

  • Compressor is bolted to plywood.
  • Plywood bolted to two wheeler.

  • Quick connections are secured to handle with u-bolts.

Project Cost:

  • Two wheeler $ 45.00,
  • misc parts $ 10.00.
  • Plywood was scrap.

  • Final connection made.
  • Hoses secured to handle with one way ties.

Finished Unit

Easy to wheel around no more aching back — so much for a snow day!

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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