Metabo HPT Metabo HPT’s MultiVolt cordless compressor has a compact footprint, a roll-cage design with a built-in carrying handle, and shock-absorbing feet.

Recently, Metabo HPT sent me its new 36-volt MultiVolt 2-gallon cordless compressor (model EC36DAQ4) to test. Out of the box, this compact unit delivers 135 maximum psi, and Metabo claims that the brushless motor can easily drive more than 1,000 18-gauge brad nails on a single charge. I haven’t tested that claim, but whether or not that’s true, the compressor can be conventionally plugged into an AC outlet for all-day runtime, thanks to an available AC adapter (model ET36A) that also works with other tools in the company’s MultiVolt lineup.

According to the specs, the compressor produces 1.6 cfm at 90 psi, and 2.3 cfm at 40 psi. That’s not enough to power a framing or roofing crew running multiple guns, of course, but it’s plenty for trim work, occasional light framing, filling tires, and all the other tasks you might use a small compressor for. Weighing only 27.3 pounds, this compressor is light and compact, with a form factor and rubber carrying handle that make it easy to schlep around.

The compressor has an all-metal roll-cage design to protect the integrated control panel, which has gauges for tank pressure and regulator pressure. It is easy to adjust the pressure by twisting the large green knob and then pushing it in to lock the pressure at the desired setting.

The refill time is about 17 seconds with a full battery charge. As the 4.0-Ah battery drew down, each refill seemed to take a little longer. But that didn’t bother me, because the noise level while the compressor is running is noticeably less than my 6-gallon pancake compressor, which rocks my whole house. The tool’s shock-absorbing feet did a good job of reducing vibration.

The EC36DAQ4 comes as a bare tool, with a factory-installed 1/4-inch brass coupler. It costs $300.

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