A Compressor is a bonus for any shop, whether you’re powering a nailer to quickly assemble a jig or using an air nozzle to blow out a dust collector’s filter. But a compressor can be large and heavy—less than ideal for a small shop or a job site. If you’re looking for a compact model, Porter-Cable has the answer.
Their redesigned pancake compressor is only about 15" across, 17" tall and weighs 29 lbs. Running at a high pressure (165 psi), this four-gallon unit holds more air than conventional, lower-pressure pancakes. It also has a fast recovery time (2.6 standard cubic feet per minute). Both factors mean that the motor will cycle on and off less frequently than on older models. The compressor is rated at 75.5 decibels, 30% quieter than the model it replaces. It comes with a heavy-duty 25 ft. polyurethane hose.
Porter-Cable has also issued a new 23-gauge pin nailer—a type of nailer we’ve found very useful in our shop. Its motor utilizes a dual-stack ring system, with the outer ring designed to minimize internal friction. You never need to oil it. The nailer features a dry-fire lockout; when the nailer stops firing, it’s time to reload. The nailer takes both headless and small-headed nails from 1/2" to 1-3/8" long.
Porter-Cable, deltaportercable.com, 888-848-5175, 165 PSI, Four-Gallon Compressor, C2004-WK, $199; 23 Gauge 1-3/8” Pin Nailer, PIN138, $149.