Editor's Review: Tool Test: Compact Compressors
review date: July 12, 2012
This is the lightest and quietest of all the compressors tested. The handle is well placed and has a foam sleeve to help make carrying the compressor easy. The drain valve is easy to open and close without having to tilt the compressor. There’s also a plastic baffle to shield the top of the motor, which gets pretty hot because this compressor runs for quite a while under heavy use.
Flaws The light weight and quiet presence come with a cost. The small motor can’t keep up with any sort of production nailing. At 31 seconds to refill the tank pressure, expect this little compressor to be running fairly often while in use. Another trade-off for lighter weight: The absence of a larger roll cage leaves the gauges somewhat exposed to damage.
Bottom Line The PC1010 is the compressor I see most often on job sites when someone is doing punch-list work, small trim projects, and even tasks that don’t need it for fastening purposes. If the output demand is fairly small or sporadic, you can’t do any better than this compressor. If it had just a little more capacity, I would easily name it best overall, but as is, it heartily earns the best value title
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