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Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

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    Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?


    Looking for an air compressor so I can fill bike, car when needed
    What have you used and happy with?

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    The harbor freight one is a piece of shit.
    I still have it, and it works-ish, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
    Step up to the hitachi or something from Lowe’s or whathaveyou.

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    If all you're ever going to do is fill tires, one of the little compact compressors without a tank might be a better value. If you plan to also run high consumption tools like an air impact gun to do tire rotations, I might suggest something more in the 20+ gallon size range.

    I am probably going to pick up one of these: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-QUIE...sor/1000405189

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    My uncle has a stand up oil free like that. It works well. Iíve used it to sandblast.

    I have a little Bostch pancake that came in one of those kits with finish nailer and brad gun. I use it in the wood shop with great success. Also for setting beads on motorcycle tires. Does the deed.

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    I have the HF pancake, and it's slow and refills a lot when trying to fill up car tires. It works fine for bicycle tires and a finish nailer though.

    Get a small hot dog if you want something tiny.

    If you want something bigger, I have this from HF
    29 gal. 2 HP 150 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor

    Of course, don'y pay normal price... I got it on sale for 2 something.

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    I've used the HD Porter Cable ones a bunch. They're not quiet, but no issues with them. I can't speak to their longevity, but I've used 5 brand new ones at a high duty cycle and they all worked well out of the box. I think they're consistently $99.

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    I have a Bostitch compressor similar to this one. It's loud but not crazy loud. I can run it inside using nailers and whatnot. It does the job of a pancake compressor.

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    Quote Originally Posted by nick5446 View Post
    I've used the HD Porter Cable ones a bunch. They're not quiet, but no issues with them. I can't speak to their longevity, but I've used 5 brand new ones at a high duty cycle and they all worked well out of the box. I think they're consistently $99.
    I have been using one of these for finish work, and even small framing stuff (I'm a GC & carpenter) for years. Especially if there's only 1 gun being run, it keeps up surprisingly well and keeps us from having to lug the monster around, or run hundreds of feet of hose from the truck. It's been left out in the rain a few times, and it's been overheated when asked to run too many guns at once, basically leaving it running for hours on a hot day. It's still going strong. Paid $120 with finish and brad nailers, as well as crown stapler. Worth the extra $20 when they are running that special.

    Only gripe I have is it's really loud for what it is. My coworker has a similar size Hitachi that is a bit quieter.

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    I used to have a noisy Porter Cable, till it poked a rod thru the cylinder wall


    Now, I have a Rigid 1.5hp (continuous) oil lubricated compressor, weighs more, but has wheels. it gets used mostly for inflating tires, but occasionally a grinder or chisel, or just squirting air

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    Re: Recommend me A decent Pancake Air Compressor?

    If it's just for tires, get one with a small tank so you aren't waiting to fill the tank so you can then fill the tires.

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-2-Ga...sor/1000226861

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