Hand-Carry Pancake Air Compressors


Porter Cable C2002-WKWe rate the Porter Cable C2002-WK as our best pancake style air compressor with an overall rating of 9.3. It is very portable because it is lightweight at just 34 lbs, small, and is well balanced with a comfortable handle that makes carrying it a breeze. The airflow of 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI makes it a great compressor for everyday homeowner tasks like tire inflation or blowing dust off your workbench in the garage. It handles finishing guns easily enough, although framing guns can give it some difficulty. The 6 gallon tank and 150 max PSI are more than most compressors of this class and allow for longer run times and add an extra ‘boost’ when nailing into harder wood.

The C2002-WK only draws 10 amps so running it on a standard outlet will not be a problem. Other compressors can trip breakers frequently. It also comes with a 13 piece accessory kit with a 25-foot nylon hose, blow gun and attachments, tire chuck, tire gauge, quick coupler, plugs and Teflon tape.

About the only negative on the Porter Cable model is the noise. It is rated at 82 decibels which is noisy and there certainly are other air compressors that are more quiet.

This compressor is the number 1 best selling compressor on Amazon with a very positive 4.2 stars out of 5 as rated by customers. For small to medium airflow needs or basic homeowner use we highly recommend this air compressor.

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Overall Rating 9.3
Brand Porter Cable
Model C2002-WK
Style Hand-Carry Pancake
Power Supply 120V
Amps 10
Weight 34 lbs
Height 19″
Width 18″
Depth 19.25″
Running Horsepower 0.8
Max PSI 150
CFM @ 90 PSI 2.6
CFM @ 40 PSI 3.5
Tank Capacity 6 Gallons
Noise 82 db
Oil-Free yes
Compressor Operation Auto Start/Stop
Drive Direct
Couplers 2
Warranty 3 Years
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Campbell Hausfeld FP2028Overall we give the Campbell Hausfeld FP2028 a 5.7 overall rating.  It comes with an accessory kit which contains a 25-foot recoil hose, female coupler, male plug, air chuck, inflation needle, 2-inch inflation nozzles. This compressor is among the cheapest you can buy at around $60. Another positive for the FP2028 is its size and weight. It weighs just under 13 pounds and takes up the space of a 1 foot cube.

However, the problem is this model is very weak. It has just 0.39 CFM @ 90 PSI with a max PSI of 100. Users have complained that this air compressor struggles to even get to 100 PSI and has trouble with even simple tasks like pumping up tires. Also with its small 1 gallon tank the motor runs almost all the time to keep it filled up, which means you hear the 90 decibel noise the whole time you are using it.

We recommend that you stay away from this compressor unless you only need to use a staple gun, fill bike tires, or blow off your work bench. For the simplest tasks then the price is attractive.

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Overall Rating 5.7
Brand Campbell Hausfeld
Model FP2028
Style Hand-Carry Pancake
Power Supply 120V
Amps 2
Weight 12.7 lbs
Height 12.7″
Width 11.8″
Depth 11.8″
Running Horsepower 1
Max PSI 100
CFM @ 90 PSI 0.39
CFM @ 40 PSI 0.51
Tank Capacity 1 Gallons
Noise 90 db
Oil-Free Yes
Compressor Operation Auto Start/Stop
Drive Direct
Couplers 1
Warranty 1 Years
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