I have a 7 hp porter cable and it runs great! It runs on 220 and i have not
had a problem spraying laquer, latex, using it running impact tools, air
grinders, etc. So far so good. Paid $399 minus 10% at local woodworking
Since nobody else mentioned it, I do not believe that you will be able
to spray finishes with any compressor small enough to carry around. I
could be wrong, but I always thought that required some volume not
available in a few gallon sized tank. I do not spray (yet), but I know
that my 30 gallon unit really isn't big enough to run a sander or
other continuous use air tool. It doesnt take much to run nailers or
pump things or (I would assume) run impact wrenches and other
non-continuous use tools.
i have two portables. i need to sell one of them and it does not
matter to me witch one i sell. if you are near raliegh N.C. one is an
emglo [NOT BY DEWALT] and the other is a stanley bostich. the emglo is
oiled and the other is oiless. both have speedy recovery and 4 1/2
gallon capacity. the emglo is about 8 years old. the bostich is 1
month old and hardly used. i will take 100.00 for the emglo or 200.00
for the bostich. in my opinoin the emglo is the better one because it
is oiled. however the bostich is a very nice compressor. if you are
close drop a note here i read this group several times a day.
The oiless are less expensive but won't last as long as the ones that
need oil added. I've got the CH extreme duty and very satisfied, but
other brands are good too. Take proper care of whatever you decide
and it should last a long time.
I looked at several 2 Gal. mini-pancakes, and the did seem awfully
I finally chose a Husky hot-dog model. It is 2 gal. (sufficient for
my nail gun), came with a pressure gauge (all do), and a regulator
(not all do), more power (135 lbs. instead of 105 lbs.), and some
Ultimately, I picked it because it was so much quieter. The regulator
would have cost $15, and the longer hose would have cost me $10. Add
the $25 to the cost of the cheapies, and I got a nearly identical
I would suggest the Porter Cable pancake style. If you can get it in a
combo with the 18 gauge brad nailer even better. I have this
compresser at home and use it all the time for nailing everything from
baseboards to building small projects. I have also used it a fair
amount for spraying finishes and paints.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.