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NEW Hitachi EC28M Ultra-Quiet 1 Gallon Air Compressor Review

Quiet Trim Compressor

Hitachi states that the EC28M is a quiet compressor.  We feel that is an understatement!  Hitachi uses an industrial oil-free pump for high durability with a maintenance-free operation.  The air compressor is very portable with a nice rubber carry handle and weighing 25.2 lbs.  The steel roll cage protects the gauges and the front of the air compressor well.  It does leave the rear drain valve wide open to an accident.

In our testing, this air compressor would start from zero and pressurize to 125 psi in one minute and nine seconds.  Recovery time was 21 seconds going from 97 psi to 125 psi.  Those times are without a hose connected.  depending on the size and length of hose, that could increase those times.  But the reality of this air compressor is that it would not matter if it ran all the time, it is that quiet that with it in the same room, it would not matter.  The YouTube video makes it sound louder than it is.

PRICE the Hitachi EC28M Ultra-Quiet 1 Gallon Air Compressor

Hitachi EC28M Air Compressor Specs

  • Power supply: 120V/60Hz
  • Rated Amps 2.8 Amps
  • Motor Type: Induction
  • Running HP: 0.5 HP
  • Tank type: Hotdog
  • Tank capacity: 1 gallon
  • Max pressure: 125 PSI
  • Air delivery @ 40 PSI: 1.3 CFM
  • Air deliver @ 90 PSI: 0.8 CFM
  • Weight: 25.2 pounds
  • Dimensions: 14 in. x 14 in. x 13.5 in
  • Coupling socket: ¼” x 1”
  • Gauges: regulated pressure gauge and tank pressure gauge

Small Quiet Compressor

If you are looking for a very small and very quiet air compressor, Hitachi makes it!  This air compressor will most likely be used as a trim carpentry air compressor.  In our shop, we will use it to run the safety mechanisms on the Bendpak automotive lifts.  When our current small compressors turn on, they are loud and you cannot talk.  With this Hitachi, it could be running and it would not interrupt the conversation or even make us talk louder.

It is hard to compare how quiet this air compressor is.  In the YouTube video, we show it with our phone decibel meter and compare it to the DEWALT FlexVolt, Ridgid 18-volt, and Hitachi 4 gallon air compressors.  There is no one even close to the quietness of this small compressor.  If you have a use for this compressor, it is priced right and has great performance.

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