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The HardHat

The indestructible canopy for mobile compressors

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The toughest compressor canopy in the world

When the going gets tough… you better have a canopy that protects your investment. The HardHat PE canopy is durable, light, corrosion-resistant and virtually indestructible. Extra side protection reduces the risk of transport damage. At the end of the compressor’s lifetime, your HardHat will have your machine looking like new, ensuring a high resale value.

How a compressor canopy stood the test of time

Reddot award

The first HardHat was born in 2005 and got implemented on small air compressors and light towers. Its light material proved to be indestructible, not only in the test lab but also in harsh outdoor conditions, on real construction sites. If you ever come across a 20-year-old HardHat compressor, you’ll notice it looks as good as new. 


In 2015, after a decade of proving its merit, the HardHat won the Red Dot Design Award in the category Product Design. In 2017 the 8 series with HardHat won the award again, because of its light (below 750kg) and compact design.


What makes a PE hood the better option?

HardHat after a crash

8 series after rolling down an embankment. The HardHat? Hardly a scratch.

The yellow hat doesn’t only give our machines their iconic look, it also helps them to keep that look during a lifetime of heavy duty. Polyethylene is a strong, light, medium-density plastic that is resistant to corrosion and discoloration. 


It’s not just vanity, it’s functionality as well. A HardHat is maintenance-free and corrosion resistant, unlike metal canopies that need several layers of special paint to fend off the effects of acid rain, salt and extreme temperatures. A HardHat will last a lifetime, without any work or maintenance from your side. 


The HardHat may be plastic, it’s the toughest possible material for a compressor canopy. We’ve tested it in labs and field, our test engineers as well as customers dropped rocks and rubble on it and rolled it down hills (see the image on the side). The HardHat hardly suffers a scratch. Exactly what your compressor needs to protect its most vital and expensive core components.


Looking for a custom color compressor?

The HardHat is happy to fit in and comes in almost any color you like. If you’d like a compressor that fits seamlessly in your equipment fleet you can ask your sales representative for the option “special colors” and choose from a wealth of colors.

Why is a compressor's weight important?

The PE canopy contributes to the compressor’s low weight. Contrary to many metal counterparts, a 5m³/min compressor with HardHat almost always weighs below 750 kg. That is the weight limit for a normal passenger car to tow the compressor without special driving license.

A lightweight machine can save on transport costs and it’s generally easier to move around. Especially if you’re renting your compressors out, you’ll want to look for an easy-to-tow compressor under 750 kg.

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