PORTER-CABLE Pancake Compressor

Last updated date: May 7, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8

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We looked at the top 1 Portable Air Compressors and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Your Best Digs, Miranda Made, Top 5 Reviews, Compressor Force, Best Air Compressor Reviews, CH Compressors and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Portable Air Compressor you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 101 expert reviews, the PORTER-CABLE PORTER-CABLE Pancake Compressor placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.7
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
3,112 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Comes from a manufacturer with a great reputation for quality and durability. Has tremendous output for such a compact unit.
- BestReviews
This compressor has a dual outlet system. The larger tank allows for plenty of air to work with and running two nailers would be no problem for tasks like framing or carpentry.
- Power Tools Ninja
Porter-Cable vibrated noticeably more than its competitors. This may not seem like a big deal, but the vibration was enough that the unit itself moved freely across a concrete floor while the motor was running. If you set the compressor in the wrong place on a table or shelf, the vibration and movement could potentially cause it to fall off.
- Your Best Digs
It has an oil-free pump that requires zero to very little maintenance and ensures extended performance.
- Miranda Made
The positive things they love about the unit include the easy to carry and heavy-duty design and quick charging.
- Top 5 Reviews
It is really easy to move because of its compact shape and light weight. The Porter Cable is one of the first I recommend to those who have bad backs and would have a hard time lugging around larger compressors. With the handle being centered, the good balance makes it super easy to carry around.
- Best Air Compressor Reviews
It has low breaking time allowing for maximum performance.
- CH Compressors
What experts didn't like
Takes a little bit longer to fill it's tank.
- BestReviews
On the most part the unit is long lasting. With care and draining, the tank could last years. However there have been complaints from some consumers regarding the reliability of individual parts.The release valve (bleeder) seems to be a fragile part. In reviewing the unit there were no problems but extended use may see you replacing the valve.
- Power Tools Ninja
The Porter-Cable model has a noticeably cheaper feel to it than most of its competitors: from the plastic of the motor housing, the connections for the air hoses and the welding on the tank.
- Your Best Digs
The major criticisms from the not-too-satisfied customers focused on the following: “loud and noisy device”, a non-durable hose, “plastic (low quality) air gauge”, and other mostly quality-of-material issues with the accessory gadgets accompanied the main compressor.
- Miranda Made
Low quality of some included accessories.
- Top 5 Reviews
Something that has come up about this compressor is that on slick surfaces, the C2002 has a tendency to slowly spin while in operation.
- Best Air Compressor Reviews
Produces some little noise thus not effective in noise-sensitive areas.
- CH Compressors

From The Manufacturer

PORTER+CABLE Pancake Compressor is constructed with a pancake style tank for optimal stability, water drain valve, rubber feet and a 150 PSI. The higher pressure design provides longer air tool performance and features a 2.6 SCFM at 90 PSI allowing for a quick recovery time. Includes an oil free pump for no maintenance, low AMP 120V motor easily starting in cold weather or with extension cord, upgraded shroud with hand and console cover protecting vital components. Made for easy transporting and contains cord wrap with a 6 gallon capacity. Product includes a one year limited warranty on compressor components and a 13 piece accessory kit. This highly portable oil free pancake-style air compressor packs a punch with an induction motor that provides improved performance and extended life, whether you're filling tires or firing a nailer. Complete with a soft-start motor, the C2002-WK can easily run off of normal household circuits and is able to run at 3.5 SCFM for faster recharge of its 6-gallon tank. The motor features replaceable brushes in order to extend motor life and 150 PSI max pressure to allow for extended run time. It also includes 120 PSI cut-in pressure that provides 30 PSI "Bonus Air" and High-Flo air regulator to protect against a large pressure drop. The C2002-WK includes a 13-Piece Accessory Kit with a 25-foot nylon hose, blow gun and attachments, tire chuck, tire gauge, quick coupler, plugs.

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