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. EXceL, eXceLlent,No matter how you spell it, the unequalled, un-copied leader of the pack! The RX260XL is 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. The RX360XL can be serviced by you---in the field---in 15 minutes, with just three common hand tools and then only after hundreds and hundreds of hours of faithful service are you too water-logged to service yourself? Not to worry there are 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.
A very tough (but caring) single-head compressor, cut from a solid block of aluminum, and featuring a prominent, six-inch cooling fan. There is no restriction in its ability to disburse heat. The fan also has the effect of deflecting splash while it is pushing out heated air. Further, the large vent affords the possibility of washing off the bearing/piston assembly after the dive day, to rid critical working parts of the destructive effects of salt. There is absolutely no disassembly involved. Salt WILL enter the interior of ANYcompressor as it cannot be hermetically sealed, as some circulation of hot air is needed. As with all Air Line compressors it is marine-ized inside and out for long, l-o-n-g service life.
In the Pre Airolinean Geologic period, a single-head compressor could be counted on to supply air for two to a depth of about 30 feet. R260XL will see that and raise (actually, lower) it 55 feet. No kidding; two to 85 feet, three to 60, four to 40. (Real numbers, not the hoped-for numbers you would get with a single, down hose system that additionally has to run slower).
The way this works is quite simple: The XL provides 12.5 CFM/FAD. That's a lot of air and I promise it's not hot air, figuratively, or literally. The cylinder is an impressive three inch inside diameter with 1-7/8 inch stroke at 3,600 RPM.Getting back on track, the XL is powered by Honda's 4 HP, 4-cycle (no mixing), motor, one of the most popular motors in the world, with thousands of service facilities. With a capacity of just 2-1/2 quarts of gas, it will run continually for three hours. Put four people on the system and you've effectively eliminated12, count'em, 12 scuba tanks.
Breathing is smooth and easy with Air Lines Adjustable Hookah-Specific Second-Stage Regulators. Regulators have diver adjustment knobs to fine tune the breathing resistance, and a fully rotational 360 Swivel to eliminate any regulator pulling like with a Standard Scuba System.
Breathing is made comfortable with the 5' US Navy Heat Hose which will cool the compressed air delivered to the two 60' fully swiveled dive hoses. Included are Tow Belts to tether the umbilical hoses to your body and three weight belts to maintain proper buoyancy. Maintenance is a breeze with the washable, stainless steel particle filter. Both the Compressor and the Gas Engine comes with an Owner's Manual for proper use and periodic maintenance.
The best part is it floats on the surface directly above you when you dive. A strong long life Agricultural-Grade inner tube, covered by a 1,000 Denier U/V Stabilized Cordura Float Cover, keeps the Compressor high and dry. With a diver down flag and a Air Intake Staff and Filter add only your personal gear, a little gas, oil a body of water (not included), and the fun and friends will be forthcoming. Maybe more friends than you knew you had.
Model R260XL For a third diver, order the optional Additional Diver package from the Accessories section.
Warranty: One year on compressor; two years on motor. One year all other parts.
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.
Operating time: 3 hours (Watch your decompression time) on 2 1/2 quarts of gas
Size in Polypropylene Case: 19 1/2 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: Global, one year on compressor by Thomas; two-year on motor by Honda; one year on all other parts.
This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.
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Comments about Air Line Model R360XL Hookah:
Sounds like a boat near you, which is strange at first, but you get used to it. Works well overall. Start your dive off with the correct buoyancy and it makes for a great dive. The airline does correct for buoyancy as you go down deeper.