Portable air compessors ?

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by workerinwood posted 09-24-2012 03:02 PM 4242 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trying to decide on a portable air compressor, any recommendations? DeWalt and Porter-Cable do not seem to be getting good reviews.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

3 comments so far

View BerBer5985's profile


445 posts in 2449 days

#1 posted 09-24-2012 03:27 PM

Depends, what the main function of the compressor? If you’re looking for something to run finish nailers, brad nailers, and occasionally framing nailer, then I highly recommend the Rolair JC10. It’s lightweight, made in the USA and well built, and only 60 db loud and that’s incredibly quiet! If you need something a little more powerful and sound isn’t the biggest concern, their larger compressors are very nice too. I just got the JC10 and sold an older campbell hausfeld dual stack and I lost some CFM because of it, but what I gained is incredibly quiet and lightweight and for the occasional trim work that I do, it’s worth it!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

View knotscott's profile


8057 posts in 3404 days

#2 posted 09-24-2012 07:52 PM

Why not post the question in the main forum, as opposed to a blog….much more traffic.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

View MichaelT77's profile


118 posts in 2141 days

#3 posted 09-26-2012 01:22 AM

That first comment is probably good advice. Decide what you want it for. A couple years ago, I bought the Bostitch air compressor that Lowes sells (6-Gallon 2.0 Peak HP Oil-Free Compressor). It was on sale, and I got an additional discount on top of that for some reason. It came with a finish nailer, a brad nailer, and a stapler. This year, I bought a pin nailer. A couple weeks ago, I bought a framing nailer. I wouldn’t recommend the compressor if you’re framing a house or putting on a roof, but it powers everything I need to use. The framing hammer came in handy when I was framing an opening to install a pull-down attic ladder recently (there wasn’t enough room to swing a hammer). That was an extravagant solution to a problem, and it ate up my profit on that job. But, I hope to have a need for it in the future. If not … well, my sons won’t have to buy many tools. The compressor is loud, but I use plenty of hose, and it’s not often in the room where I’m working. Besides, it only makes noise when it’s running, and that’s not very often. Putting in a few finish nails or pins doesn’t take enough air to make the compressor run much. Bottom llne … I’m happy with the Bostitch air compressor. Also, all the Bostitch nailers and the Hitachi framing nailer work great.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics