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A List of Air-Compressor Manufacturers

Browse the Web sites of air-compressor manufacturers to look for a model that suits your needs and budget

There are three different categories of hand-carry compressors, and over 45 models to choose from. So how do you begin the search? In the April/May issue of Fine Homebuilding (#178), I discuss the important characteristics to consider when purchasing a portable compressor and explain the differences between the three categories: hot dogs, pancakes, and twin-tanks.

There wasn't room in the article to list all the companies that manufacture compact compressors, but there is here. Check out the article; then you can home in on the models that best fit your tools, the type of work you do, and your budget.

Sources for compact air compressors

Campbell Hausfeld
www.campbellhausfeld.net
Makita
www.makita.com
Craftsman
www.craftsman.com
Maxus
www.maxustools.com
DeWalt
www.dewalt.com
 Porter-Cable
www.portercable.com
Emglo
www.emglocompressor.com
Ridgid
www.ridgid.com
Grex
www.grexusa.com
Rol-Air
www.rolair.net
Grizzly
www.grizzly.com
Senco
www.senco.com
Hitachi
www.hitachipowertools.com
Stanley-Bostitch
www.bostitch.com
Ingersoll-Rand
www.ingersollrand.com
Thomas
www.thomasairpac.com
Jenny Air Compressor
www.jennyproductsinc.com
 
Christopher Ermides is an assistant editor. Photos: Scott Phillips
From Fine Homebuilding178 , pp. 48-53 April 1, 2006