Share your experiences and opinions about this tool.
I own two of these. Both have died after one year of use. I had them repaired under warranty, but one of them has a stuck release valve again. The price is good when combined with a nailer, (which works well), but as far as a compressor goes, I wouldn't recommend it for a contractor. Very loud as well.
Bought mine in 2005. I run finish guns to framers and flooring nailers off it. Won't die, dammit. I bleed it almost everyday. Used to be loud, but after six years of using air tools nothing seems loud anymore, except for my crying infant.
I own this and have had it for years. it was the first compressor I ever bought when I started my business in 2003/2004. Well maybe not this exact model, but it was a Porter pancake. It still works great even thoguh I threw my snow blower on it last winter. oops.
It is what it is though, it's not a heavy duty contractor grade compressor. It's good for small trim jobs, repairs, or a 2 man shingle roof job. I have used it for all with no complaints. This is not what I would use for my 5 man shingle roofing crew however as it'd constantly be cycling.
I'm giving this 5 stars because of it's price and performance. You'll usually find this compressor for around $75 at your local Home Depot or Lowes. On top of that, it doesn't cause the entire block's lights to dim when it starts up and it only weighs 35 lbs, so you can carry it, a hose and a nail gun all in one trip with ease.
It makes up for its slow recharge time (about 2 mins from empty to max) with a max PSI of 150. That means that for small jobs, it's ideal for any small job. As a trim nailer compressor, you can run all day with this compressor without issue. Once you get up to framing or using it with a hopper / HVLP paint gun, then it's for tiny jobs only.
I can and have textured a small bathroom ceiling, but doing a living room would really be pushing the limits of its rechargeability. All and all, it's portability, cost and high max pressure make it the perfect buy as a compressor for a handyman, installer or as a backup for a big project contractor. In addition, it uses an oil-free pump, which means that it is lower maintenance, and while it may not last as long as an oil-pump, it is much much cheaper to replace when it finally does go.
These are great for small jobs. In and out in a few hours type jobs. I would use mine primarily for framing in frost walls. They are light weight which is my biggest attraction to them. When you're having to move it more than once a day that is a big plus.
They are loud, so I would recommend either ear plugs or leaving them run outside, and have some hoses route to where you are.
They are no good for big projects or mulit tool use. I tried using one while framing a house while my other compressor was temporarily down and it was awful. with only 2 of us on it at once he couldn't keep up.
I found a used one with two hoses for $70, so I picked it up. It's very light. Runs a single framing nailer just fine, but I wouldn't even bother trying to run multiple tools off it judging by some of the other reviews I've had. Certainly not a bad option for a light compressor that you can take around with you while your main unit stays elsewhere.