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.

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  1. 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.

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2. It stands upright for easy carry. It feels like a briefcase. I love how convenient it is to bring into the house.

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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.

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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.

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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.air-compressor-review-4

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.


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  1. pamalat22 January 27, 2017 at 10:39 am -

    So would you choose this over the new nail guns that are battery operated?

    • Mr. Buildit January 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Kinda depends what you’re working with. I already had a few different guns for the compressor, so it was ideal. I’d actually recommend the battery powered ones.