Tool Test: Twin-Stack Air Compressors
If you choose wisely, your go-to air compressor can be quiet, durable, and easy to operate.
Synopsis: Twin-stack air compressors are a mainstay of modern residential construction. For this article, associate editor Patrick McCombe gave nine twin stacks a workout and a thorough examination. He focused on air delivery, cold-weather starts, design, ergonomics, and quality of components. A comprehensive chart shows specs, performance, and price at a glance. Individual write-ups describe the pros and cons of each model.
With a big pump and two air tanks, a twin-stack compressor is a mainstay of modern residential construction. Capable of powering nail guns from the tiniest pin nailers to roofing and framing nailers, twin stacks are a job site’s most versatile hand-carry compressors. Unfortunately, these workhorses weigh between 60 lb. and 70 lb., so it’s nice when there’s some thought given to how they are carried.
Unsatisfied with my own twin stack because of its mediocre performance and abysmal ergonomics, I decided to test nine other twin-stack…