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CAP1516 Air Compressor

Bostitch - CAP1516 Air Compressor

This compressor from Bostitch is lightweight, oilless, and relatively quiet

$179.00 (As of 4/1/2006)

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Nice looking and quiet, BUT: 1. It moves around when running, even with its no-slip feet 2. Feet wear out quickly 3. Have had to re-tighten fittings periodically 4. Gauge and gaige cover has come loose more than once 5. Max operating pressure is about 90psi - no good for my road bicycle tires!

I was initially pretty excited about this compressor, mostly for it's light weight, quiet motor and the way everything is housed so it can't get snagged when moving it in and out of my truck. But over many months of use the plastic housing broke, the switch wiring loosened, and eventually the compressor died completely.

This is a decent compressor for what it is. Functionally, I couldn't ask more from it - it's lightweight, has a very large air capacity for its size/weight, very quiet, and is very user friendly. There are some details on it that I don't care for - the cord wrap under the unit is flimsy (borderline useless), I do not like the drain valve setup (it's round and doesn't close right without an extra oomph with a pair of pliers), and I don't like the way it balances when carried by its handle. It seems to be deceptively tougher than it looks. I was a little uncertain of the plastic case but I've been lugging it around for 6 months now and haven't had any breakage issues. Overall, I'm very happy. In summary, this compressor has a high air capacity at a very low weight with quiet operation which is why I bought it. I'm pretty happy with the purchase although it could have some better finishing details which could make the machine a real beauty.

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