GR152CM Compact Air Compressor
At only 39lb.s Grip-Rite's GR152CM air compressor is light enough to carry
Features Like the Grip-Rite CG100 compressor, the GR152CM has a welded roll cage that keeps the components well protected. There are two ways to carry the compressor, either with two handles at the top of the unit or a handle at the bottom that allows the compressor to be carried like a suitcase. I found that the compressor was light enough to carry by one of the handles at the top, and it seemed to be the most ergonomic way for me to do so. A small tray bolted to the top of the roll cage was useful for keeping nails and other small things, and the compressor has a low-enough vibration that it doesn’t rattle the contents of the tray. It’s a bit louder than its little brother, but still quieter than most compressors, and the tone of the motor is not offensive.
Flaws The dials and gauges on this tool are oriented the same as on the GR100, with the same issue of the user needing to bend down a bit to read them. This is also the only compressor that has two drain valves—not a huge issue, but necessary due to the construction of the unit. Still, it’s one more thing to remember to do at the end of the day.
Bottom Line I chose this tool as best overall because I found myself using it more than any other compressor due to its quietness, tank capacity, quick recovery, and sturdiness. It would have no trouble functioning as either a dedicated small-shop or job-site compressor.