|Review by Eric_S||posted 09-12-2011 04:27 PM||9710 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
- Porter-Cable C2002, Oilfree, 150psi, 1hp 6gal tank
- Brand: Porter-Cable | Category: Compressors
I purchased this from Home Depot for $199 which includes the compressor, 10ft of pretty flexible hose, and a nice 16ga Porter Cable Finishing Nailer that takes straight 16ga nails up to 2 1/2” and operates from 75-120psi. The finish nailer alone is worth around $160.
This was my first compressor I’ve purchased. Overall for a first small use compressor I really liked it at first. The pressure builds up very quickly. Gets to 150psi in about 3 min or so. I’ve heard it is quieter than some other oil free compressor’s but I still think its very loud(although at a lower frequency) in my garage when the motor is running. When ever I upgrade, I’ll be sure to get the ones that take oil as I hear they are much quieter.
It is fairly light weight at around 23lbs and is easy to move around. The drain valve is located in a good location that doesn’t require tipping to drain or anything like that, but its very close to the ground since the compressor sits on little rubber padded feet so that could be an issue for some?
I followed the break in instructions which before first use require you to keep the drain valve open all the way and let it run for 15 minutes to remove any condensation that built up during shipping and storage. After that, close the valve and pressure builds up quickly to 150psi. I adjusted the regulator valve and it worked great with the nailer which also is nice for my first finishing nailer gun I’ve owned.
I’ve drained the air at the end of each day of use like the manual and common compressor safety says.
After a few days of using, I come back, turn it on, pressure builds fine as usually, BUT the output pressure wont go above 0psi. I adjust the regulator knob, and still even when its maxed out the output PSI is 0. I tried both quick connects and both give 0psi. Uh oh. I research the hell out of it and find other users with a similar issue. It seems the regulator knob has a faulty design in it with the spring being too long or something so the plastic piece that pushes inward can losen up when dialing back the knob.
I called Porter Cable customer service since they have a nice warranty and they were very helpful, agreed that it was the regulator knob and I’d need a replacement manifold piece shipped to me or I could bring it to an authorized service center 10 miles away and they’d fix it free within 5 days. So I’ll be bringing it in for servicing after work and hopefully won’t have any more issues. While it was working I enjoyed it thoroughly but was dissapointed it failed after little use.
First, I must say I give their customer service 5 stars. They were very helpful, asked me to try a few things and then after said they agreed it was a faulty regulator. They gave me the service center info to call (which was also very friendly and helpful). They would have shipped the part for me to replace for free but its quicker for me to just bring the compressor 10 miles away and have it returned in 5 days.
The compressor I do enjoy for a first, I’d give it 4 stars if it wasn’t a faulty regulator, but hopefully after fixing it this week it will be good to go for a long time.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN