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PORTER-CABLE PCFP02003

Selected technical specifications of the PORTER-CABLE PCFP02003 air compressor

The PCFP02003 is one of a line of oil-free compressors from Porter-Cable. This pancake unit is popular with home owners and DIYers. For its size, it is relatively powerful but it does have a couple of design flaws: Firstly, it is noisy compared to other portable compressors, so you will probably want to wear ear protection if you have to work alongside it. In addition, the rubber hose projecting out from the pump to the tank and which gets very hot, makes it a bit of a burn hazard. Other compressor designs have integrated this hose so that is it less exposed.

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Makita MAC2400

Makita MAC2400 air compressor
Selected technical specifications of the Makita MAC2400 air compressor

The MAC2400 is the smaller oil-based air compressor from Makita. As with other Makita compressors, the build quality is excellent, and unsurprisingly, has the more expensive ball drain valve for condensation removal from the air tank. It has two air outlets so that two different air hoses can be connected simultaneously, and the working parts of the unit are protected within a roll cage which also serves as a handle for portability.  The motor operates on a 50% duty cycle like the majority portable compressors and requires 12.3A to operate so it works fine on a normal household circuit.

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Campbell Hausfeld HS5180

Campbell Hausfeld HS5180 stationary air compressor
Selected technical specifications of the Campbell Hausfeld HS5180 stationary air compressor

The Campbell Hausfeld HS5180 is a two-stage compressor that is often used in a professional setting, meaning it is super-heavy and super-expensive. It uses a 230V motor and is rated for 19A so it is best to install this on a 30A-rated houshold electrical outlet. Even though it is very powerful, this compressor is not designed to be continuous duty but it is expected to be working about 75% of the time  (75% duty cycle).



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Campbell Hausfeld VT6275

Campbell Hausfeld VT6275 stationary air compressor
Selected technical specifications of the Campbell Hausfeld VT6275 stationary air compressor

The VT6275 is made by air compressor maker, Campbell Hausfeld. It is a single-stage oil-lubricated stationary compressor and has a cast iron tank for durability. As with other stationary compressors, this is compressor is not for the novice as you will need to purchase other accessories such as the appropriate regulator to get it to work. It also needs to be wired into a 220-240V household circuit. As with other stationary compressors, the tank becomes very hot when used for extended periods and this can present problems if hot compressed air is undersirable.



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California Air Tools CAT-6310

California Air Tools CAT-6310 air compressor
Selected technical specifications of the California Air Tools CAT-6310 air compressor

The CAT-6310 is one of the quietest compressors in its class and it is oil-free. Another nice feature is the mositure trap that removes some of the excess condesation from the air before it gets to the tank. It also comes with some basic wheels so that it can be moved around fairly easily although the handle may be a bit low for taller individuals. Another plus is that it also comes with the more durable ball drain valve on the air tank. Negatives include pressure gauges that are facing outward instead of upward making them a little awkward to read for any normal-sized person, and it takes just over 2 minutes to fill the tank when first switched on.

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Senco PC1010

Senco PC1010 air compressor
Selected technical specifications of the Senco PC1010 air compressor

The Senco PC1010 is a small, light and reasonably quiet oil-free air compressor designed for light-workshop and hobby use. Its small motor takes just over two minutes to fill the air tank at start up - quite long for a small tank, but it only requires 4 amps so will easily run on all household electrical outlets. Since rated airflow volume is so small, don't expect more than a few seconds of air from an open blow gun, and filling automobile tires is likely to try your patient more than compressors with higher cfm.

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