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Mini Air Compressor Reviews

Which Mini / Trim Air Compressor is the Best?

Trim compressors are mega-portable units which are used generally for finish carpentry work and other applications that don’t require much air flow or pressure. Choose a trim compressor when you’ll be doing small jobs with staplers, nailers, airbrushes and small sprayers or just need a unit that you can carry around without being hampered by weight or size.

Mini and trim compressors are the new comers to the air compressor market but have really been driving innovation. You’ll find more than sufficient selection of excellent, versatile, and capable units in the mini market.

As with other portables only buy one if you have low airflow requirements and won’t be using tools like die grinders which require high pressure and sustained airflow. Also consider trim compressors when you have limited space or have a need for a super quiet compressor. Any of the below trim compressors would make excellent secondary units to backup your shop compressor and help you get things done on the go.

Of all the mini compressors that are available these three stand out of the crowd as superb units. Any of these would be great additions to your shop or great gifts for tool lovers you know. Let your personal preference guide which of these you buy.

The Makita MAC700 is a little heavier and a little bulkier, but it’s ultra quiet and still has the mustard to drive an impact or a full size nail gun, and it should quite literally last forever.

The DeWALT D55140 is a professional grade trim compressor in a compact format that doubles as a stool.

The Porter Cable C1010 is similar to the DeWALT that it really just comes down to whether you want yellow or red.

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Senco PC1010 1HP 1-Gallon Compressor



Senco PC1010 Summary

Workers love the slow recovery times and extra breaks this compressor afford them

Product Description

The Senco PC1010 is probably one of the most portable and well designed mobile air compressors on the market but simply doesn’t have the air storage capacity or pressure output for anything but light trim guns or low volume work. Great for hobbyists, and finish work but of no value for most work on the job site or garage such as framing, grinding, etc. If Senco comes out with a big brother to this compressor with the same design but a slightly larger tank (even with the same compressor) it’ll be a good buy even at a higher price. But skip this one unless you only use your compressor for mobile jobs that require light-duty tools.

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This Senco actually fits one specific need: Easy to carry, lightweight, and can drive a trim gun. The DeWALT is an awkward shape for schlepping up and down stairs and the Makita MAC700 is over 50 lbs. So if you ONLY need a trim gun, and you need it on the run, this might be the one.

Senco PC1010 Features

  • great handle design makes carrying a cinch
  • 1HP compressor pump
  • 1-year warranty
  • small horizontal tank
  • rubber feet won’t mar your floors
  • virtual noiseless

Recommendation

Unless you only do light finishing work you should definitely buy something with a larger tank and higher pressure rating. It’s truly a shame that Senco couldn’t pack more power and air storage capacity into an otherwise superbly designed compressor. Unless you’re buying a secondary compressor for light work on the go pass on this one and wait for them to come out with a larger version of this one. Instead give the Senco PC1131 a shot.

List Price: $149.00 USD
New From: $112.99 In Stock

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Campbell Hausfeld FP2028 1-Gallon Oil-Free Pancake Air Compressor with Accessory Kit



Campbell Hausfeld FP2028 Summary

My grandpa with emphysema has more lung power than this thing!

Product Description

The FP2028 isn’t bad if you only need to fill up bike tires and footballs but simply doesn’t have enough air pressure or air storage capacity to be of use for much else. It can get you buy for finishing jobs with your stapler or nailer and do alright running a hobby airbrush but that’s about the extent of its capabilities. Don’t expect much from this compressor but if you have minimal needs or will only use your compressor in the spring when you’re working on your mower this might be the one for you.

Campbell Hausfeld FP2028 Features

  • easy to use
  • 100 PSI maximum air pressure rating
  • comes with a decent accessory kit
  • super light and portable
  • small footprint

The Recommendation

Unless you almost never use your compressor or only have minimal need for one you should shop around for a compressor with a larger storage tank and a slightly higher air pressure rating. The FP2028 is an alright value for it’s price but I’ve found that most people need more air capacity than this thing has. It might be alright for hobbyists who work on the go such as air brush artists at the swap meet or a gym teacher inflating balls at their school but is definitely not for those with serious work to do. Checkout the lower-end Dewalt D55150 and Porter Cable C1010 to get more versatility at only a slightly higher price.

List Price: $69.97 USD
New From: $69.97 In Stock
Used from: $55.13 In Stock

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Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor



Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 Summary

B.Y.O.H. – Bring your own hose

FP209499 Air Compressor Overview

When buying air compressors at this price point manufacturers for some reason think that we’re going to buy theirs just because they throw in some cheap Chinese accessory pack. Campbell Hausfeld made this same assumption and then threw in worthless accessories and a brittle plastic hose that you’re gonna want to replace from day one. The quality of the compressor is great and it provides a compressor capable of everything you would want to do around the house with it but don’t expect it to work well witih big air tools like chisels and grinders. Also, don’t be surprised when you first fire up this little compressor and it’s louder than you expect; small compressors sound like chainsaws and that’s a fact you just have to live with.

Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 Specifications

  • great control panel design
  • small tank
  • accessories included
  • compressor pump that runs cool
  • tank absorbs vibrations/li>

The Consensus

While lightweight and portable the FP29499 is packaged with sub-standard accessories (especially the hose) and has a hard time keeping up with tools that require more than 100 PSI of air to be available. This is a good buy if you already have hoses and are just looking for replace an old worn out compressor. Look elsewhere if you need more than a casual home users would need such as the Porter Cable C2002 pancake compressor.

List Price: $74.98 USD
New From: $67.99 In Stock
Used from: $63.23 In Stock

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Campbell Hausfeld FP2048 2-Gallon Air Compressor and 8-Piece Accessory Kit



Campbell Hausfeld FP2048 Summary

The “go anywhere” compressor — anywhere with ear plugs that is!

Product Description

The Campbell Hausfeld FP2048 is a small, noisy air compressor perfect for light-duty work around the house and in the shed but don’t expect to be using it late at night or you’ll raise the dead. It’s got a pretty small air tank by comparison but really what do you expect for so cheap? The FP2048 is a decent choice if you just need a cheap compressor for the kids to use, for filling tires, and using your stapler but don’t plan on using this for serious work.

In the box you’ll get:

  • a 25-foot recoiling hose
  • an air chuck
  • an inflation needle, needle adapter, and two nozzles

Campbell Hausfeld FP2048 Features

  • 2 gallon tank holds plenty of air
  • no oil, no muss, no fuss
  • pump motor that runs cool as ice
  • accessory kit included

The Conclusion

A cheap compressor for the handyman we all know who isn’t all that handy. It’s a decent purchase if you have minimal needs such as airbrushing models for the kids, pumping up footballs and bike tires, and blowing out your air filter for your lawn mower but if you need something for more involved work or to run air tools like auto paint sprayers and grinders look for a more heavy-duty compressor such as the Hitachi EC12 which provides a bit more versatility for around the same price point.


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DeWALT D55140 135psi Trim Compressor Review



DeWALT D55140 Summary

Except for minor trim details this is the same unit as the Porter-Cable C1010. But whether you buy red or yellow, your friends will be green with envy.

DeWALT D55140 Trim Compressor Details

Heavy-Duty, 1-Gallon, 135 PSI Max, oil free, QUIET Trim Compressor. Includes an Air Regulator, guages, and Quick-Couplers, and carries a DeWALT One-Year Warranty

Just because it’s small and quiet doesn’t mean it isn’t mighty. In fact this little unit is anything but flimsy. The opposite in fact turns out to be the case. A compressor with a smaller tank will cycle more often, and this unit is built heavy-duty to last. Plus, it’s also designed to be quiet (operating at 71 decibels) for working indoors, possibly when customers are at home. This unit is ideal for finish carpenters, remodelers, kitchen installers, plumbers (for clearing clogs and pressure testing new runs)… and some people even spray wall texture with it!

Plus, it’s compact design and clever ergonomics not only make it easy to haul and carry, even in the tightest of spaces… but the full cage design and metal shrouding protects the unit from the rigors of daily abuse from transportation and use.

DeWALT D55140 Specifications

  • 0.75 SCFM @90 PSI
  • Compact one-gallon tank and 135 PSI max provide burst power with fast 20 second recycle
  • Maintenance-free compressor is durable and built to last
  • Low 71 dBA for extremely quiet operation
  • 2.6-amp draw conveniently runs on available power without tripping customer’s breakers
  • Built in regulator for professional results
  • Clever ergonomics and compact design for ultra portability and convenience

Should You Buy a DeWALT D55140?

Times have changed… a compressor doesn’t have to be big and bulky to serve almost all of the most common uses.

This compressor is a no brainer. It does nearly everything a trim compressor should and it even does most of what a shop compressor is expected to do. If you don’t need sustained CFM, ie auto body, welding, grinding… then the Porter-Cable C1010 is a home run.

The only question really is if you want yellow (the DeWALT D55140 is red) or yellow (the Porter-Cable C1010 is almost the same exact thing, except in red).

List Price: $292.02 USD
New From: $137.99 In Stock

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Porter-Cable C1010 Review



Porter-Cable C1010 Summary

Except for minor trim details this is the same unit as the DeWALT D55140. But whether you buy red or yellow, your friends will be green with envy.

Porter-Cable C1010 Trim Compressor Details

Heavy-Duty, 1-Gallon, 135 PSI Max, oil free, QUIET Trim Compressor. Includes an Air Regulator, guages, and Quick-Couplers, and carries a Porter-Cable One-Year Warranty

Just because it’s small and quiet doesn’t mean it isn’t mighty. In fact this little unit is anything but flimsy. The opposite in fact turns out to be the case. A compressor with a smaller tank will cycle more often, and this unit is built heavy-duty to last. Plus, it’s also designed to be quiet (operating at 71 decibels) for working indoors, possibly when customers are at home. This unit is ideal for finish carpenters, remodelers, kitchen installers, plumbers (for clearing clogs and pressure testing new runs)… and some people even spray wall texture with it!

Plus, it’s compact design and clever ergonomics not only make it easy to haul and carry, even in the tightest of spaces… but the full cage design and metal shrouding protects the unit from the rigors of daily abuse from transportation and use.

Porter-Cable C1010 Specifications

  • 0.75 SCFM @90 PSI
  • Compact one-gallon tank and 135 PSI max provide burst power with fast 20 second recycle
  • Maintenance-free compressor is durable and built to last
  • Low 71 dBA for extremely quiet operation
  • 2.6-amp draw conveniently runs on available power without tripping customer’s breakers
  • Built in regulator for professional results
  • Clever ergonomics and compact design for ultra portability and convenience

Should You Buy a Porter Cable C1010?

Times have changed… a compressor doesn’t have to be big and bulky to serve almost all of the most common uses.

This compressor is a no brainer. It does nearly everything a trim compressor should and it even does most of what a shop compressor is expected to do. If you don’t need sustained CFM, ie auto body, welding, grinding… then the Porter-Cable C1010 is a home run.

The only question really is if you want red (the Porter Cable C1010 is red) or yellow (the DeWALT D55140 is almost the same exact thing, except in yellow).


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Reviewing the Porter-Cable C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor



Porter-Cable C2002-WK Summary

You can’t go wrong with a Porter-Cable C2002, but for heavy duty use there may be a better choice.

The C2002-WK air compressor is an oil free pancake unit that will serve you reliably for years whether you’re airing up tires, driving nails or powering impact tools. The motor has a soft start feature to reduce current spikes and to ensure it starts and runs on an extension cord.

The WK Accessory kit includes a coil hose, blow gun, tire inflation chuck, tire gauge, and quick disconnects… every thing you need to get started except the air tools specific to your needs. The accessory kit is not merely a useful bonus, but it’s also a valuable, one as these items cost a fair bit when you have to pick them up separately.

The 6 gallon pancake tank strikes a good balance between size and weight, and unless you really need sustained high CFM, it will serve you well.

Porter-Cable C2002-WK Details

  • 150 PSI for maximum power when you need it
  • 2.6 SCFM (@90 psi) powers your nail guns and impact tools
  • Factory installed air coupler and plug prevent leaky installations
  • 6-gallon tank is flat and wide (pancake-style) for stability
  • Rubber feet included
  • Water drain to keep your air moisture free and protect against rust and corrosion
  • Low-amp 120-volt motor you can use on a standard extension cord
  • Oil-free pump for long durability that you don’t have to maintenance
  • Handle and shrouds protect unit so you can carry it easily

The Consensus on the C2002-WK from Porter-Cable

It didn’t get to be the best selling compressor by accident. It’s a great compressor, from a great company that stands behind it’s products.

However, if you use your compressor day in and day out, then the C2002 is probably not the best choice. If you need a work site compressor that will hold up under constant use, consider one the Makita cast iron portables like the MAC700 “Big Bore”, as they will last longer and hold up better under heavy use.

Also, if you need to spray paint, or run sanders, then this little guy just can’t produce the CFM to keep up. But then again, it wasn’t intended to! If you need big volumes of air then you should consider either a LINKLINK workshop compressor, or maybe a vertical compressor with wheels.

And if you want a quieter compressor that won’t bother the neighbors or that you can use indoors, the Makita units are much quieter and last longer. But they cost more, of course, and they also weigh more too.

But when it comes right down to it, if you are looking for an affordable light duty air compressor, the Porter-Cable C2002 should serve you well for years. It will power your nail gun and your impact tools, and it will hold up well under consumer use.

List Price: $144.04 USD
New From: $135.66 In Stock
Used from: $209.90 In Stock

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Makita MAC700 “Big Bore” 2HP Air Compressor Review



Value of the Year

For the home workshop, the 2HP Makita Big Bore MAC700 is the sneaky little must have devil of the year.

If you already have a shop compressor and you pick up one of these portable gems for field work, don’t be surprised if you wind up using it as your main compressor and only firing up the big unit when you need sustained CFM (like sanding or spraying).

If you’re still on the fence about a small compressor, this is the one to get.  And unless you do the big CFM jobs, you just might find yourself selling your old compressor in the not so distant future.

If don’t have a compressor yet, and you’re considering a do it all unit, this will do the trick if you really value portability for work site use.  If you think it’ll stay mostly at home, but sometimes travel, then the Makita MAC2400 2.5HP Compressor may be a better choice for you.

The only common complaint is that it’s heavy and bulky (due to having a real cast iron piston compressor) and it can be a pain to move around. Ironically, if you find you need increased portability, you may want to go to the larger and heavier Makita MAC 5200 3HP Compressor, as it comes with wheels and a dolly handle. The trade off is that it’s bigger, heavier, it’s a little louder, and it costs more. But it also has much more capacity as well, so you still get more than your money’s worth.

Features

  • Oversized “Big Bore” cast iron compressor
  • Reduced RPM produces much less noise while over sized pump still delivers performance
  • Reduced current load reduces incidences of tripped breakers and voltage drops
  • Oil lubricated to run cooler, last longer
  • One-year Makita warranty
List Price: $323.40 USD
New From: $207.99 In Stock

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