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Floating Gas Powered Units

  • The best choice for recreational diving due to the essentially unlimited lateral range of movement.
    • With a floating gas system, the divers easily tow the floating unit along with them, so they can move about without restriction in range.
    • In contrast, with the deck units (e.g., electric units and deck-mount gas powered units), the lateral range of movement is restricted by the length of the hoses. (Although it is possible to use hose extensions to lengthen any hose.)
  • Floating gas powered units can also be used as deck units when desired, by simply not inflating the float. The engine/compressor case has white rubber feet to protect the deck.

Which Floating Gas Unit is Best for You?

  • The choice of the best floating gas model for you is based on two questions; (1) How many divers maximum do you want to use with the system?, and (2) How deep do you want those divers to be able to dive?
  • The floating gas models are identical except for the size of the compressor.
    • The smaller compressor (model R260-4) delivers 9.0 CFM (cubic feet per minute), FAD @ 0 PSI. It can accommodate 2 divers to 70’, or 3 divers to 40’.
    • The larger XL compressor (models R260XL, R360XL) delivers 12.5 CFM FAD @0 PSI. It can accommodate 2 divers to 85’, 3 divers to 60’, or 4 to 40’.
  • If you are diving at shallower depths and/or with fewer divers, then the R260-4 will suffice.
  • If you want the capability to dive deeper or with more divers, then an XL model is the better choice.

R260-4
The ORIGINAL direct-drive system (introduced on May 1st, 1999). Patriarch of the Air Line family of U.S. made hookah compressors mounted on Honda engines, and made solely for The Air Line's customers by the largest compressor manufacturer in the world. You can be lured with copies of the innovator, but don't get fooled. It is unmatched in performance, features and low maintenance. Powered by the dependable 4.0 HP Honda engine, service on engine and compressor is available at about a thousand locations.Compressor: Air Line/Thomas, single-head, direct-drive, oil-free, Wobble piston.

  • Compressor: Air Line/Thomas, single-head, direct-drive, oil-free, Wobble piston.
  • Motor: 4.0 HP, OHV Honda
  • Performance: Two to depth of 70',three to 40'.
  • Air Discharge: 9 CFM @ 0 PSI, 6 @ 50* running at our standard 3,400 RPM**.
  • Operating Time: 3 hours plus, on just 2.5 qts. gas. (No mixing)
  • Breathing Air Rating: Standard-E Compressed Gas Association of America.
  • Size in Polypropylene storage/carry case: 19-1/2 x 25 x 17 inches high.
  • Weight (in case, or on float): 46 lbs.
  • Inflated float size: 38" (Stable up to a three foot seas. Use, also as deck mount on 19-1/2 x 25" pan.).
  • Warranty: One year on compressor by Thomas; Three years on Honda motor. One year on all other parts.

All marinized parts inside and out, PLUS a vented cover for wash out after a day on the ocean.

Standard Gear Package Includes:

  • Compressor/Engine assembly
  • Polypropylene storage case
  • 5' US Navy heat hose
  • Agricultural-grade inner tube
  • 1,000 denier, U/V stabilized Cordura float cover
  • Hose splitter
  • (2) 60' fully swiveled, individual diver hoses
  • 4 Washable, stainless-steel particle filters
  • 2 Tow Belts
  • 2 Weight Belts
  • 2 Adjustable, hookah-specific, 2nd stage regulator w/fully rotational, 360º swivel
  • Air intake staff and filter
  • Down diver flag
  • Owners manual (Honda and Air Line/Thomas)

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R260XL
EXceL,.eXceLlent. No matter how you spell it, the unequalled, uncopied leader of the pack! The bad boy that gives the competition nightmares.  A large, single-head compressor that equals, or betters in delivered air, the other guy's double-head. Can be serviced by you---in the field---in 15 minutes, with just three common hand tools and that, after hundreds and hundreds of hours of faithful service. Too water-logged? About 1,000 Thomas service facilities in North America alone. The Owner's Manual, however, is quite specific in the care and feeding of baby.

  • Compressor: Thomas/Air Line, LARGE, single-head, direct-drive, oil-free, Wobble piston. 
  • Performance: 12.5 CFM @ 0 PSI, 9.8 @ 50. Two at 85', three at 60, four at 40. 
  • Air Rating:  Standard-E Compressed Gas Association of America.
  • Full-time operating speed, compressor and motor: 3,600 RPM. 
  • Motor: Honda, 4 hp, 4 cycle. 
  • Operating time: 3 hours. (Watch your decomp. time) on 2.5 qts. of gas.
  • Size in Polypropylene Case: 19.5 x 25 x 17 inches high. 
  • Inflated Float Size: 38 inches. (Stable up to four foot seas.  Use Also as deck-mount on pan.) 
  • Warranty: One year on compressor by Thomas; Three year on Honda motor; One year on all other parts.
  • Weight:  55lbs.

Standard Gear Package Includes:

  • Compressor/Engine assembly
  • Polypropylene storage case
  • 5' US Navy heat hose
  • Agricultural-grade inner tube
  • 1,000 denier, U/V stabilized Cordura float cover
  • Hose splitter
  • (2) 60' fully swiveled, individual diver hoses
  • 4 Washable, stainless-steel particle filters
  • 2 Tow Belts
  • 2 Weight Belts
  • 2 Adjustable, hookah-specific, 2nd stage regulator w/fully rotational, 360¡ swivel
  • Air intake staff and filter
  • Down diver flag
  • Owners manual (Honda and Air Line/Thomas)

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R360XL
Because of the exceptional performance of the XL compressor, it is extremely well qualified to support the third, and even, fourth diver at respectable recreational depths. It is shown as a separate entity to eliminate confusion in determining requirements for depth and number of participants. What you've read above about Model R260XL also applies here. Worth repeating is the uniqueness of this large, single-head compressor: the full marinization inside and out; the vented cover; the six inch cooling fan; the ability to rinse out internally with no disassembly; that it can be serviced by you---in the field.

  • Compressor: Thomas/Air Line, LARGE, single-head, direct-drive, oil-free, Wobble piston. 
  • Performance: 12.5 CFM @ 0 PSI, 9.8 @ 50. Two at 85', three at 60, four at 40. 
  • Air Rating:  Standard-E Compressed Gas Association of America.
  • Full-time operating speed, compressor and motor: 3,400 RPM. 
  • Motor: Honda, 4 hp, 4 cycle. 
  • Operating time: 3 hours. (Watch your decomp. time) on 2.5 qts. of gas.
  • Size in Polypropylene Case:  19.5 x 25 x 17 inches high. 
  • Inflated Float Size: 38 inches. (Stable up to four foot seas.  Use also as deck-mount in pan.) 
  • Warranty: One year on compressor by Thomas; Three year on Honda motor; One year on all other parts.

Standard Gear Package Includes:

  • Compressor/Engine assembly
  • Polypropylene storage case
  • 5' US Navy heat hose
  • Agricultural-grade inner tube
  • 1,000 denier, U/V stabilized Cordura float cover
  • 2 Hose splitters
  • (3) 60' fully swiveled, individual diver hoses
  • 6 Washable, stainless-steel particle filters
  • 3 Tow Belts
  • 3 Weight Belts
  • 3 Adjustable, hookah-specific, 2nd stage regulator w/fully rotational, 360º swivel
  • Air intake staff and filter
  • Down diver flag
  • Owners manual (Honda and Air Line/Thomas)

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Deck-Mount Gas Powered Units

  • Primarily used for commercial applications in which the unit will be operated from a boat or other platform.
    • Used for a variety of commercial applications (e.g., boat and other marine salvage, marine construction/repair, aquaculture, marine survey, scientific diving, in-water boat repair/maintenance, etc.)
  • Sometimes used for recreational diving when placed in a dinghy or similar platform.

RD2100XL
Shares the same compressor and motor as the R360XL, but mounted on as aluminum plate with vibration isolation.

 

  • Compressor: Thomas/Air Line, single-head, direct-drive, oil-free, Wobble-piston.
  • Air Displacement: 12.5 CFM/FAD, 9.8 @ 50 PSI.
  • Performance: Two to a depth of 85 feet, three to 60, four to 40 with Addit 100' package(s).
  • Air Rating: Grade-E Compressed Gas Association of America.
  • Operating Speed: 3,400 RPM (This is important. Check the competition).
  • Motor: Honda, 4 HP, 4 cycle, OHV.
  • Operating Time: Three hours on 2-1/2 qts. gas.
  • Warranty: One year on compressor by Thomas; Three years on Honda motor; One year on all other parts.

Standard Gear Package Includes:

  • Compressor/Engine assembly*
  • 10' US Navy heat hose
  • Hose splitter
  • 2  100' fully swiveled, individual diver hoses
  • 4  Washable, stainless-steel particle filters
  • 2  Tow Belts
  • 2  Weight Belts
  • 2  Adjustable, hookah-specific, 2nd stage regulator w/fully rotational, 360º swivel
  • 10' Remote air intake and filter
  • Owners manual (Honda and Air Line/Thomas)

*Compressor/engine on 16 by 16 by 0.25 inch aluminum plate with vibration isolators and white deck protectors.
Off the compressor is a 10' heat-transfer hose for air cooling. As shown, a 10' intake snorkel assures clean, dry air when properly positioned under the boat top. 
 

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