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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: $136.33 USD
New From: $134.32 In Stock
Used from: $100.00 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.


  • 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: $209.00 USD
New From: $199.99 In Stock

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