As a Do-It-Yourself-er, I need an air compressor for the brad nailer, staplers, and nail guns. I previously owned an upright 12 Gallon Craftsman, which served me great. The only reason I got rid of it was because it was an awkward in-between size. What do I mean by that? Well, it was not convenient for storage and mobility, and it needed its own designated open space. It also wasn’t big enough (like the 30-60 gal compressors) to do some work with pneumatic sanders or paint sprayers. I realized that I needed both, but decided to start with something practical for now, so I got the small one. Here are 5 reasons I like this little guy.
- It lays horizontally and stores perfectly under my work assembly bench. In fact, I can store it under the shelf, and it’s like it was born there. No more hauling the compressor or the long 50 foot hose to make it reach.
2. It stands upright for easy carry. It feels like a briefcase. I love how convenient it is to bring into the house.
3. It has two convenient and quick connect ports for the hose. No more nicking the hose whether the compressor is laying flat or standing upright. Or you can simply use 2 hoses with 2 different tools.
3. The compressor actually has a designated place to wrap the cable. I can’t tell you how may compressors that claim to be mobile, don’t have this feature.
4. The drain valve is super convenient to get to and has a convenient switch, so no need to haul around a cresset wrench. This makes draining the resovior of moisture or air so quick.
5. Even thought the compressor is only 2.5 Gallons, it still does what I need it to do. My only fear was that it was not enough of a resovoir to put out more than 5 nails. I was wrong. I am able to consistently blast 15 brad nails at 100 psi at 18g, and when the compressor kicks in to recharge, it literally takes 15-20 seconds and you’re back in business.
Now what I don’t like about this compressor is the switch. The switch itself is fine, but its location is uncomfortable to get to when the compressor is laying flat. Personally, I would prefer it to be right next to the pressure gauges, but hey, thats not a huge deal breaker for me.
Therefore, this air compressor a great choice if you’re looking for both practicality and functionality.