Best Small Air Compressors of 2017: Reviews + Pro/Cons

Small air compressors work just like regular air compressors but have a smaller model which produces less noise while operating.  The available small air compressor models are enough for a lot many jobs like day to day plumbing jobs or home based tasks. But they won’t be much useful for heavy duty commercial tasks or advanced home projects.

Best Small Air Compressors of 2017

PORTER-CABLE 135-PSI Pancake Compressor PCFP02003

Properties:

  • The tank has the capacity of 3.5 gallons with maximum 125 PSI.
  • Comes with an oil-free pump thus ensuring durability and requiring minimal maintenance.
  • Very low amp motor of 120 V but despite its low powered motor, it’s efficient as it starts immediately even in cold weather.
  • A built-in quick coupler which ensures speedy access to regulated air.
  • Comes with two gauges.
  • It’s a bit noisy with 82 decibels compared to other small compressors.
  • 0 SCFM delivered at 90 PSI pump
PROSCONS
  • Light-weight
  • Quick recovery time
  • Portable
  • Doesn’t come with accessories, have to buy them separately
  • Low-quality material

PORTER-CABLE CMB15 150 PSI 1.5 Gallon Oil-Free

Properties:

  • It’s a compact air compressor and runs a very low amp motor of 120V and a 2.0 SCFM at 90 PSI.
  • It’s easy to start even in cold weather and has a quick recovery time.
  • The tank capacity of Porter-Cable CMB15 is 1.5 gallons with maximum tank pressure of 150 PSI.
  • Comes with oil-free pump and has a built-in valve to drain water.
  • It has a set of 8 pieces basic accessory kit which is enough for small home tasks.
  • It has a relatively lower noise level of 79 decibels.
  • This model comes with a center Thus the user can manually control discharge pressure.
PROSCONS
  • Lightweight
  • It comes with rubber feet which stick to the floor while using.
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Lightweight
  • It comes with rubber feet which stick to the floor while using.
  • Minimal maintenance

Dewalt DWFP55126 6 Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor

Properties:

  • A compact, low-priced, lightweight electric compressor.
  • Huge tank with the capacity of 6 gallons with a maximum pressure of 165 PSI.
  • With a 90 PSI pump, it delivers 2.6 SCFM.
  • Despite using an extension cord, it’s quite efficient motor starts up even in cold weather immediately.
  • It’s reasonably quieter with 75.5 decibels
  • Comes with two universal couplers.
PROSCONS
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Easy drainage
  • It’s a bit underpowered, and this bothers when used with dual tools.

BOSTITCH CAP1512-OF 1.2 Gallon Trim Compressor

Properties:

  • Comes with running motor of 1.5HP with 2.0HP peak, which draws 12amps at start up.
  • It’s a high-output oil free pump which delivers 2.8 CFM at 90 PSI. It has a maximum operating pressure of 150 PSI.
  • Tank’s capacity of this model is 1.2 gallons which fill up quickly.
  • Comes with roll-cage design ensuring maximum portability.
  • For trouble-free operation, it comes with large readable dials and LED On and Off switch.
PROSCONS
  • Lightweight
  • Quick recovery time
  • Portable
  • Perfect for light-duty tasks
  • Produces loud noise and vibration

DEWALT D55140 1-Gallon 135 PSI Max Trim Compressor

Properties:

  • Comes with low 2.6 amp motor
  • A portable compressor which comes with an oil-free pump which delivers 0.75 SCFM at 90 PSI and 135 PSI max.
  • This model has roll cage design which protects it from wearing and tearing. It also has a ball drain valve, a wrap round control panel and a cord wrap.
  • It has a low-range of noise with 69 decibels
  • Tank capacity of this model is 1 gallon
PROSCONS
  • Minimal maintenance
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Durable because of cast-iron build up
  • Easy drainage.
  • Not useful for heavier tasks where higher CFM is required.

With a variety of smaller air compressors available in the market, you chose the product according to your needs. Every brand offers different models of air compressors for different types of tasks, from which you can choose.

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