| > I'm going to buy my first air compressor/finish nailer combo kit and I
| > hoping for some advice/info. I see that both Porter Cable and Bostitch
| > offer what seems to be nice sets that include a 6 gal pancake compressor
| > with a brad nailer, finish nailer and stapler. I need a little help with
| > the compressor. The bostitch is 135psi max at 2hp peak and 2.1cfm @ 90
| > while the Porter Cable is 150psi, 2.6 cfm @ 90psi but only .8 hp!
| > Judging by the cfm, both compressors will recover in about the same
| > the Porter Cable a little faster actually, so how does hp play into the
| > equation? Is this simply another case of two companies measuring specs
| > differently. I am somewhat partial to the larger psi capacity of the
| > Porter Cable but worry about what I will sacrifice with the low hp. Any
| > thoughts?
| The 2 hp peak is just that - the maximum hp in any given cycle.
| The .8 hp may be average (they aren't real specific). If so, then the
| hp would be 1.6.
| Furthermore, the actual hp depends on what one considers as the allowable
| temperature rise.
| In all likelihood both units would drive a single finish nailer quite
Ignore HP and look at the delivered CFM. It's the only reliable measure of
what a compressor can deliver.