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If you are constantly short on time when it comes to your work, there is nothing better than power tools to help you along so you can streamline your workflow. With the help of an air compressor, and some of the attached power tools such as impact wrenches, or nail guns you will be able to do some tasks much faster and more precisely.

Since I never underestimate the value of time myself, I’ve created this section just for you. In the table below, you will find various quick statistics such as the size of air compressor, CFM and PSI, (in my opinion the most important features). If you do come across a model you’re interested in, feel free to click on the link at the end which will take you straight to my review.

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BrandBOSTITCHCalifornia Air ToolsCalifornia Air ToolsCampbell HausfeldCampbell HausfeldDEWALTDEWALTIndustrial Air
FeatureHigh-output oil-free pump delivers 2.8 CFM @ 90 PSI and 150 PSI max operating pressure for multiple finish tool operation
2.0 HP (Peak), 1.5 HP (Running) motor draws 12 amps for easy start up without tripping circuit breakers
1.2 gallon compact design weighs 23.5 lbs. for easy portability
Integrated control panel with roll cage protects gauges from jobsite damage
LED ON/OFF switch lets you know when the compressor is on to eliminate low-pressure misfires
Ultra Quiet only 70 Decibels
Oil-Free Pump for Less Maintenance & Costs
10.0 Gallon Steel Tank with Wheels
Easy Start Valve, Allows for a no load start, for a low start up amp draw, Only 14-amps
Powerful 2.0 HP (Rated / Running) Motor
Ultra Quiet only 60 Decibels
Oil-Free Pump for Less Maintenance & Costs
6.3 Gallon Steel Horizontal Tank with Wheels
Lightweight for easy transporting - 49 lbs
Powerful 1.0 HP (Rated / Running) 2.0 HP (Peak) Motor
Powered by 5-HP motor
Two-stage cast iron pump
Vertical tank offers 80-Gallon capacity
Oil sight glass for quick level checking
10,000 hours of pump life
20-Gallon air tank
1.3 HP electric pump
150 max PSI
Low-maintenance oil-free pump
Easy to access gauges and knobs
165 max PSI 6.0 gallon tank (22.7 L) and 2.6 SCFM delivered at 90 PSI pump
High efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather or extension cord application. [14 ga or larger, 50 ft. (15.2 m) or less]
75.5 dBA noise level for a quiet work setting
High flow regulator and couplers to maximize air tool performance
3.0 SCFM delivered at 90 PSI pump, 2.5 gallon tank and 200 max PSI
Durable oil free pump provides extended maintenance-free operation
Low 71.5 dB allows for quieter operation
Low 12 amp draw motor provides easy start-up and reduces breaker tripping
Lightweight (36 lbs), thin (12.5
Low maintenance, oil free, direct drive pump, patented-two piece cooling system extends life of the pump
5-horsepower Honda OHC/OHV premium residential gas engine
Max pressure of 155 PSI for optimum tool performance
Pontoon-style tank design with two 2-gallon tanks for job-site portability
Maximum CFM at 90 PSI of 5.0, CFM at 40 PSI of 6.9
TitleBOSTITCH CAP1512-OF 1.2 Gallon Oil-Free High-Output Trim CompressorCalifornia Air Tools CAT-10020 Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free 2.0 HP 10.0-Gallon Steel Tank Air CompressorCalifornia Air Tools CAT-6310 Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free 1.0 Hp 6.3-Gallon Steel Tank Air CompressorCampbell Hausfeld HS5180 80-Gallon 5-Horsepower Two-Stage Cast Iron Vertical CompressorCampbell Hausfeld HU502000AV 20-Gallon ASME Air CompressorDEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake CompressorDEWALT DWFP55130 Heavy Duty 200 PSI Quiet Trim CompressorIndustrial Air Contractor CTA5090412 4-Gallon Grade Direct Drive Pontoon Air Compressor with Honda Engine
Height15 inch33 inch24 inch78 inch44.5 inch20.1 inch13.81 inch20 inch
Weight30 pound88 pound49 pound100.5 pound30 pound83 pound
Width13 inch16 inch13.3 inch41 inch18.1 inch16.6 inch17.44 inch21.5 inch
Length18 inch17 inch23.6 inch31 inch18.2 inch17.2 inch21.58 inch24.5 inch
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BrandIngersoll-RandIngersoll-RandMakitaMakitaPORTER-CABLEPORTER-CABLEPORTER-CABLESenco
FeatureTwo-horsepower motor
135 max PSI
Capacity at 90 PSI 4.3 CFM
Capacity at 135 PSI 3.2 CFM
115 volts and15 amps
100% continuous duty for tough applications
Durable cast iron construction
30 gallon horizontal tank
5.7 acfm at 90 psi
Equiped with wheels for easy transport
Oil lubricated: Cooler running pump, minimizes wear
Durable cast iron cylinder reduces wear and increases pump life; removable for easy maintenance
Powerful 2.5 HP* 4-Pole motor produces 4.2 CFM at 90 PSI for increased productivity
Large automotive style industrial air filter for increased air intake and greater efficiency
Pump runs at lower RPM (1,730) resulting in lower noise (79dB) and improved pump durability
Cast iron pump with Big Bore cylinder and piston is engineered to provide faster recovery time for improved performance
Cast iron pump with big bore cylinder and piston, combined with greater bore and stroke, delivers maximum performance
Substantially lower noise levels with a large 1,720 RPM pump, enabling greater displacement at lower RPM
Low amp draw reduces incidences of tripped breakers and voltage drop that can cause premature motor failure
Oil lubricated provides cooler running pump, minimizes wear
One-year manufacturer\'s warranty
150 psi max tank pressure stores more air in the tank for longer tool run times
2.6 SCFM at 90 psi allows for quick compressor recovery time, per ISO1217
Air coupler and plug are factory installed on the air hose to save user labor and to prevent leaks
6-gallon pancake-style tank for stability includes water drain valve and rubber feet
Low-amp 120-volt motor starts easily in cold weather or with an extension cord
Equipped with a durable oil-free pump for long life and no maintenance
Shroud, handle, and console cover protect vital components and make unit easier to carry
2.0 SCFM at 90 psi allows for quick compressor recovery time, per ISO1217
1.5 gal tank in shroud is easy to carry, includes water drain valve and rubber feet
150 psi max tank pressure stores more air in the tank for longer tool runtimes
Durable oil-free pump for long life and no maintenance
Low Amp 120V motor starts easily in cold weather or with extension cord
2.0 SCFM delivered @ 90 PSI pump, 3.5 gallon tank and 135 max PSI for longer run time and quicker recovery
Durable oil-free pump for long life and no maintenance
Low Amp 120V motor
Only 26 lbs. for easy portability
Lightweight and portable--easy to carry from site to site as you work
One horsepower peak ,1/2 horsepower runningand one-gallon capacity
Ideal for a range of renovation and home improvement jobs, as well as for hobbies and crafts
Delivers 20 to 44 drives per minute
Backed by a one-year warranty
TitleIngersoll Rand P1IU-A9 Hand Carry Twinstack 2-HP CompressorIngersoll-Rand SS3F2-GM Garage Mate 15 Amp 2 Horsepower 30 Gallon Oiled Wheeled Single Hot Dog CompressorMakita MAC2400 Big Bore 2.5 HP Air CompressorMakita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air CompressorPORTER-CABLE C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor with 13-Piece Accessory KitPORTER-CABLE CMB15 150 PSI 1.5 Gallon Oil-Free Fully Shrouded CompressorPORTER-CABLE PCFP02003 3.5-Gallon 135 PSI Pancake CompressorSenco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak, 1/2 hp running 1-Gallon Compressor
Height18.5 inch25 inch18.75 inch10 inch19 inch20.5 inch18.5 inch10 inch
Weight85 pound185 pound77 pounds61 pounds34 pound20 pound26 pound20 pound
Width19 inch46 inch18 inch22 inch18 inch13.25 inch17.25 inch13 inch
Length19 inch35 inch20 inch18 inch18.3 inch15.5 inch18.13 inch14 inch
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