“We took day-to-day functionality and ROI into account when developing the XAS 90,” said Rich Elliott, Atlas Copco product manager, low-pressure air compressors.
Atlas Copco’s HardHat canopy, which is made of durable, weather-resistant polyethylene, protects the compressor’s 24-horsepower Kubota diesel engine from dust and debris to minimize repairs. The canopy also resists corrosion and fading, virtually eliminating the need to repaint.
In addition to the canopy, a two-stage air intake filter with service indicator prevents dust and dirt from flowing into the engine and, ultimately, the compressor. Plus, the service indicator alerts the operator when the filter needs changing.
The engine meets Tier 4 Final emission standards without requiring any exhaust aftertreatment components or filters, giving the operator maximum uptime between service intervals. The compressor optimizes fuel consumption with its stepless, fully automatic regulator. The regulator continuously adjusts the engine’s speed to accommodate air demand, which allows the operator to maximize his or her productivity between refills.
The compressor’s spillage-free frame contains 100% of the unit’s fluids if a leak occurs. This eliminates the risk of accidentally contaminating jobsites and gives the contractor peace of mind on environmentally sensitive projects.
Operators easily maneuver the XAS 90 through narrow, cramped workspaces thanks to its small footprint. The compressor requires less than 40 square ft of working space, which can give operators more space to move around the compressor while using a pneumatic tool. Its small footprint makes storage in a garage or rental yard easy, too.
The XAS 90 weighs less than larger compressors, which cuts fuel costs associated with towing. The 1,165-pound compressor is mounted to a single-axle trailer for maximum portability; it can even be towed by small automobiles. The trailer axle can be removed to accommodate a support frame that can be mounted to a truck bed, trailer or any other platform, making the compressor ideal for utility and small-scale sandblasting applications.
Additionally, the XAS 90’s controls are grouped on a single panel to provide quick, hassle-free operation. Atlas Copco uses similar controls on all of its compressors, which makes it easy for operators to switch between models without requiring additional training. And a durable cover protects the controls against harsh worksite conditions and weather.
Atlas Copco also offers a wide range of optional features for the compressor, including wheel chocks, a loose ball coupling and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration-rated valve that automatically shuts off the air flow if a surge occurs, which prevents a loose hose from whipping and minimizes the risk of injuries.