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Choosing an Air Compressor You Can Carry

Hot dog, pancake, or twin tank? Let your tools' appetite for air determine which one to buy

Looking to buy a portable air compressor, but not sure which one to choose? In this in-depth buyer's guide, we explain the characteristics of the three types: hot dogs, pancakes, and twin tanks. You'll also find a discussion of terms like cfm, psi, and oil lube vs. oilless, and you'll learn why they're important in informing your decision. Whether you're a homeowner, finish carpenter, framer, roofer, remodeler, or flooring contractor, you'll appreciate a handy formula to help you choose the appropriate compressor size for the tools you use and the work you do. Although not a traditional tool review, this article makes sense of the confusing world of hand-carry air compressors and highlights a few models within each of the three categories.

Choosing an Air Compressor You Can Carry

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