If this is your only compressor, I suggest you look at something that will
support more than nailing. The pancakes and other portables support nailers
but not much else. If you get compressed air in your shop you, will find a
lot of other uses (air tools, sanding, painting, blowing debris out of tools
and garage, tires, cleaning lawnmower base, etc.)
My machine is a Campbell Hausfield 30 gallon, 5HP, oiled upright on wheels.
It resembles the 60-80 gallon uprights but the whole thing only sits about
4' high and uses a little less floorspace than some of the smaller
horizontal tank compressors. I have had it about three years and it
replaced another 20+ year old CH machine.
By the way, if your garage happens to adjoin your basement, especially the
equipment room, it is pretty easy and cheap to plumb air into the basement.
I ran a 3' piece of gas pipe through the 2x10 base plate, from garage into
the basement. I put a male quick-connector on the garage end and an elbow
and female quick connect in the basement. When I was working on the
basement finish I just kept the compressor, in the garage, hooked to one end
and had a basement air source on the other. Whole thing probably cost about
Even after the basement finish it is pretty neat having compressed air to
blow debris out of the bottom of the furnace, etc.