Portable Wheeled Air Compressors

 

Bosch CET4-20W Air CompressorThe Bosch CET4-20W Air Compressor scores a 7.9 overall rating on our scale. Amazon users give it 4.3 out of 5 stars.

With an airflow of 4.9 CFM @ 90 PSI and a max PSI of 125, this Bosch compressor provides enough performance to handle medium sized tasks well. It is built for the job site and it is specifically designed to eliminate common air-compressor complaints and to provide ease of use. It features a super quick recovery time of just 10 seconds. It also has vertically angled tanks which allow for easy draining and provide balance when the compressor is moved.

At almost $400 this model is not cheap, but it is a solid choice for an air compressor that will primarily be used on a job site. For home use, there are much better suited units that are cheaper.

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Specs
Overall Rating 7.9
Brand Bosch
Model CET4-20W
Style Wheeled Portable
Power Supply 120V
Amps 15
Weight 84.9 lbs
Height 19.75″
Width 21.5″
Depth 22″
Running Horsepower 2
Max PSI 125
CFM @ 90 PSI 4.9
CFM @ 40 PSI 0
Tank Capacity 4 Gallons
Noise 80 db
Oil-Free No
Compressor Operation Auto Start/Stop
Drive Direct
Couplers 2
Warranty 2 Years
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We really like the DeWalt D55146 Air Compressor which is why we give it an 8.4 overall rating. With an airflow of 5.2 CFM @ 90 PSI, a tank capacity of 4.5 gallons, and a max PSI of 200 this unit performs at a very high level. It can handle 2 framing nailers with ease. This compressor will charge up to 200 PSI, then after use when it reaches 160 PSI the motor will kick on and cycle it back up to 200 PSI. That means that your high rated framing nailers will always work without the risk of not putting the nail completely into the wood.

It is relatively expensive at around $300-$350, but this model is worth it. The only real complaint from users seems to be the drain design. You need to drain the tank to get the water out to prevent premature tank failure, and the drain just doesn’t quite work without propping the compressor at just the right angle to get all the moisture out.

We like this DeWalt model a lot better than the similar DeWalt D55154 and recommend it.

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Specs
Overall Rating 8.4
Brand DeWalt
Model D55146
Style Wheeled Portable
Power Supply 120V
Amps 15
Weight 83 lbs
Height 17″
Width 24.5″
Depth 33.75″
Running Horsepower 1.8
Max PSI 200
CFM @ 90 PSI 5.2
CFM @ 40 PSI 0
Tank Capacity 4.5 Gallons
Noise 78 db
Oil-Free Yes
Compressor Operation Auto Start/Stop
Drive Direct
Couplers 2
Warranty 1 Years
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The DeWalt D55154 is a solid wheeled dolly-style air compressor that we give an overall rating of 7.0. Its best used as a framing / finishing compressor. It has an airflow of 4 CFM @ 90 PSI and a 4 gallon capacity tank. Although its max PSI is not very high at just 125 PSI, which limits some nailers.

The D55154 is also built for the job site. It has 2 couplers so you can run two nailing guns at the same time. It also features a unique wheeled dolly-style and a sturdy cast-iron construction, complete with a roll-cage frame that protects the pump and motor from being damaged on the job. It also comes with a top-load panel with positioning holes which allows you to load up to 100 pounds on to the deck of this model for transport. The motor is oil lubricated to improve durability as well.

At around $330, this air compressor is more expensive than similar wheeled portable models and the performance doesn’t quite match up to those other models of comparable expense.

We would recommend this compressor for use on a job site where your tools require a max PSI lower than 105.

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Specs
Overall Rating 7.0
Brand DeWalt
Model D55154
Style Wheeled Portable
Power Supply 120V
Amps 15
Weight 87 lbs
Height 23″
Width 18.5″
Depth 22″
Running Horsepower 1.1
Max PSI 125
CFM @ 90 PSI 4
CFM @ 40 PSI 0
Tank Capacity 4 Gallons
Noise 80 db
Oil-Free No
Compressor Operation Continuous
Drive Direct
Couplers 2
Warranty 1 Years
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Makita MAC5200 Air CompressorThis air compressor is a top-notch performer and thus scores an 8.8 overall rating.  Users on Amazon rate it at a 4.1 out of 5 stars. Of the negative reviews, nearly 90% were from purchases made before 2007. Since then Makita has improved the quality of this model, especially the wheels which were a major complaint.

Overall it has excellent performance. It features 6.5 CFM @ 90 PSI with a 5.2 gallon tank. These attributes allow it to handle all but the most demanding tasks which require very high air flow.  It is built for quick recovery time which means the tank fills quickly. This compressor is also one of the few portable versions that is oil lubricated – which reduces wear and increases pump life.

This compressor has several nice features you don’t often find on other compressors. It has a built-in thermal overload for additional motor protection. It also comes with a built in storage compartment to store air fittings and accessories. The handle folds down to make a low profile and easy storage. The handle also has hooks built in that allow you to wrap 50 feet of air hose around them.

One problem for this Makita model is the noise. It is rated at 90 decibels which is louder than the average compressor. Despite being listed as a portable and coming with wheels, at 88 pounds it can still be difficult to move around. It is also pretty expensive at around $380.

We highly recommend this model.

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Specs
Overall Rating 8.8
Brand Makita
Model MAC5200
Style Wheeled Portable
Power Supply 120V
Amps 13.8
Weight 88 lbs
Height 19.5″
Width 19″
Depth 29″
Running Horsepower 3
Max PSI 140
CFM @ 90 PSI 6.5
CFM @ 40 PSI 6.9
Tank Capacity 5.2 Gallons
Noise 90 db
Oil-Free No
Compressor Operation Auto Start/Stop
Drive Direct
Couplers 2
Warranty 1 Years
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Makita MAC5200 Air Compressor - Right Out of the Box

Makita MAC5200 Air Compressor - Right Out of the Box

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