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07-18-2016 06:07 PM

Good afternoon, I am in the market for a small air compressor for pin nailing and trim work with Brad nailer. I am looking at both of these and would like to know if anyone has one or the other what is your opinion of which would be better, thx RJ

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 11:41 PM

I did not own the senco, but used one at a previous job as a spare compressor when our large one was maxed out or on another jobsite. To my understanding it was fairly old but seemed to chug along fair enough. It was very convenient to move, quiet, shot 23g pins – 18g brads just fine but seemed to lose its breath with a 15g nailer. It could shoot them, but not fiercely. If you are stopping at Brad nails, I can’t think of a reason why I wouldn’t reccomend it.

Haven’t used the rolair.

I own the makita mac700 (not oil-less) and really like it. Although a smallish compressor its larger and heavier than the previous ones mentioned, but more powerful. Shoots up to 15g flawlessly, runs well, quiet and just seems to have a lot of years ahead of it. My complaints are that it’s rather top heavy (problematic only while transporting). Anyway, it may be more than what you need, however I thought I’d mention it.

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 11:49 PM

I’ve lost faith in Senco and it’s dubious if they actually make the compressor. If you’re just shooting brads, consider a no-name label that appears sturdy. Likely will last as long as anything Senco branded and be half the price.

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 11:55 PM

A buddy of mine had a rolair and he absolutely loved it.

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 11:58 PM

I just got this and really like it.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#5 posted 07-19-2016 01:19 PM

Thx for the repleys, I have decided to go with the Rolair air buddy, have a great day making sawdust.

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#6 posted 07-19-2016 01:51 PM


Thx for the repleys, I have decided to go with the Rolair air buddy, have a great day making sawdust.

- RJweb

If you’re going to go with a small unit, I’d suggest this Bostich one. It has much better specs than most of the others. 2.8 cfm 90 psi , as opposed to the Rolair at .7 cfm 90 psi. Way way better performance. I have this unit also, but wanted a bigger tank so it wouldn’t run as frequently.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#7 posted 07-19-2016 02:33 PM

Do you know what the noise factor is, on the air buddy it is 68 decs, I am looking at it now seems better because of the presure, thx RJ

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#8 posted 07-19-2016 04:44 PM


Do you know what the noise factor is, on the air buddy it is 68 decs, I am looking at it now seems better because of the presure, thx RJ

- RJweb

Sorry. I don’t know the decibel level. Works really well though. I’m thinking about making a cabinet and putting it in there anyway. I did a lot of looking and comparing before I bought either of mine. Both of these are better performing than most. The Ridgid one has a two outlet hookup and a 6 gallon tank and barely takes up much more room than the Bostich. I like them both. I was going to sell the Bostich, but I’m having a hard time parting with it.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#9 posted 07-19-2016 04:55 PM

BOSTITCH CAP1512-OF 1.2 Gallon Oil-Free High-Output Trim Compressor

The Bostitch CAP1512-OF compressor is a compact machine built for advanced users with wide-ranging needs for air compression beyond just inflating tires.

With a 1.5HP running motor that draws 12amps at start up, the Bostitch CAP1512-OF trim compressor also runs with a high-output oil-free pump that delivers 2.8 CFM at 90 PSI and 150 PSI max operating pressure. Its 1.2-gallon tank fills up pretty quickly, which decreases the engine’s runtime tenfold.

It is designed for maximum portability thanks to its roll cage design, built-in cord wrap, onboard tool storage, hose storage and sturdy legs that could stand upright even on rough environments. For a heavy-duty model, its 23.5-pound weight is actually impressively lightweight. The Bostitch CAP1512-OF also features large, easy-to-read dials and LED on/off switch for easy operation.

Perfect for pros and home-users alike, this compact air compressor works seamlessly in finishing staples, inflating all kinds of tires, trimming and other light-duty tasks. It is also relatively quiet during operation, so you can use it both indoors and outdoors.

When compared with other heavy-duty models, the BOSTITCH CAP1512-OF is an air compressor small enough to be considered in this list, but powerful enough to outperform other larger-sized units. See detailed BOSTITCH CAP1512-OF Trim Compressor Review

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#10 posted 07-19-2016 10:07 PM

Other than the Rolair, I would highly recommend the California Air Tools compressor. It is light weight, oil free, has an ALUMINUM tank (no rust) and best of all, is extremely quiet. Less noise is definitely a positive feature. It is perfect for brad nailers and pin nailers and even for the occasional finish nailer.

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#11 posted 07-20-2016 12:56 AM



Other than the Rolair, I would highly recommend the California Air Tools compressor. It is light weight, oil free, has an ALUMINUM tank (no rust) and best of all, is extremely quiet. Less noise is definitely a positive feature. It is perfect for brad nailers and pin nailers and even for the occasional finish nailer.

- MrRon

Wow! I just watched a “Tools in action” youtube and that thing is really quiet! Good performance specs too! I didn’t check prices, but it seems like a great machine.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#12 posted 07-20-2016 07:34 PM



Wow! I just watched a “Tools in action” youtube and that thing is really quiet! Good performance specs too! I didn t check prices, but it seems like a great machine.
- Woodchuck2010

I have the smallest 1610A which is perfect for pin and brad nailers. I have other compressors for larger air tools. I paid about $175 for mine.

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#13 posted 07-25-2016 01:22 PM

California air tools compressors are becoming very popular. They are good value for money, unbelievably quiet and well built. Most compressor reviewers rated the CAT in the top 3 in 2015. They have a new range out this year. Would be my first choice to recommend to someone looking for a small air compressor.

Rolair and Bostitch would be the other brands I recommend. The Bostitch is a bit noisy though.

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#14 posted 07-25-2016 07:15 PM

It appears the Rolair and the CAT compressors use the same motor/pump. I believe the Rolair costs more, but the CAT has an aluminum tank; to me a big plus.

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#15 posted 07-29-2016 11:46 PM

I know the OP has already bought a compressor, but for those reading this for reference I have the older senco. Back when I got it menards was closing them out and the entire kit was like $100. that was over 10 years ago. I have trimmed out entire houses with it. I agree that it really only shines for 23ga & 18ga guns. It will fire 1/4” crown staples, 16ga and 15ga trim nails but needs to recover after like 5-7 nails. I orignally got it for the size since it was way cheaper than buying paslode guns, but it still runs great. I have not had to replace anything in it ever, and you can stand right over it and have a conversation.

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