6-gallon pancake air compressors are the best choice when the compressor is for intermittent uses and have reasonable budget. A number of air compressors are available in the market. Among them Bostitch and Porter Cable build are the leading manufacturing brand in its class. Bostitch comes on the market with two different model: Bostitch BTFP02011 & BTFP02012. They are exceedingly popular among house owners, hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers.
Both of the items are light-weight and highly portable meant for medium duty carpentry works like finishing and trimming.
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Between the two, Bostitch BTFP02012 is the updated version having the same basic components and power rating with some minor adjustments. The new one comes with reduced noise, narrow diameter tank and little modification with the plastic construction shroud.
Motor and Pump
Bostitch BTFP02012 is engineered with a 0.9 running Hp motor that draws 15 amperage and operates at 2700 RPM. 15 AMP draw means, the regular outlet at home can power Bostitch BTFP02012. You need not to install a new outlet with higher amperage.
profiled with lube-free maintenance free pump, Bostitch BTFP02012 does not require oil to operate. Oil-free means easy start up and no hassle of oil changing. This pump can max out 150 PSI inside the tank in less than 2.5 minutes.
Tank size does matter when you need to operate pneumatic tools continuously for a period of time; otherwise you have to stop work in the middle and wait until the tank gets refilled. Bostitch BTFP02012 has 6- gallon pancake styled air tank which is big enough for carpentry applications and running medium air drain tools. Good news is that the unit recovers super-fast just within 25 seconds.
Bostitch BTFP02012 yields 2.6 SCFM delivered at 90 PSI which can run many tools used by houseowners. You can power the following tools with the model. In case of framing nailer, you may face buffering problem after sinking 10 nails at a time.
- Upholstery Stapler (30 psi) =2
- Tire Inflation =2
- Nailer, Brad (30 psi) =2
- Framing Nailer=2.5
- Pneumatic doors =2
- Impact Wrenches - 3/8" =2 - 5
Decibels of Noise
The Bostitch BTFP02012 makes 78.5 decibels of noise which is not as quiet as many consumer grade compressors out there. Yet, 110 decibels is near human pain threshold and 78.5 decibels of sound is far quitter than the typical lawn mower makes. If noise is a major issue, you can consider Rolair JC10 oil-less compressor which operates at only 60 decibels.
Dimension and Portability.
Though look doesn’t matter with tools, Bostitch BTFP02012 feels really solid and does have nice design. Weighing 29 pounds and having 14" dimension this is one of the lightest air compressor on the market. You need not to break your back when carrying this unit to long distance.
Light weight and easy to use BOSTITCH BTFP02012 is best choice for semi-professional applications. This unit is not going to give you industrial power but more than enough for mid-range applications.
Bostitch BTFP 02011 Review
BOSTITCH BTFP02011 shares the same core mechanisms BOSTITCH BTFP02012 does except few minor differences. For example this one is a little bit louder and heavier.
Motor and Pump
BOSTITCH BTFP02011 is powered by 0.9 horsepower motor drawing 15 amperage and having rotational frequency at 2700 RPM. The oil-free pump of Bostitch BTFP02011 can build 150 PSI maximum power. This small compressor model will give you more power than its size.
Featuring 6- gallon pancake styled tank, Bostitch BTFP02011 allows you to use few heavy-duty tools like framing nailer and spray gun.
This small units cranks out 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI and 40 PSI @ 3.7 SCFM. The rating of output pressure can power up the following air tools in the table.
Decibels of Noise
Having 80 decibels of noise, The Bostitch BTFP02011 is little bit louder. This is not the quietest air compressor in the market but the noise is still tolerable.
Dimension and Portability.
Bostitch BTFP02011 weighs 33 pounds and has 16.5 inches length, 16.1 inches width and 22.1 inches height. This is light enough to load onto a truck bed or back seat and operate at distant
- Tank Pressure Gauge and Flow Control Gauge are installed in tilted way making it clearly readable form distance.
- Bostitch BTFP02011 is furnished with a large plastic cover that gives increased protection.
- The device is mounted on three rubber feet that sits firmly on a smooth surface resulting in less shaking.
- Below the tank is a pressure relief valve to relieve excess pressure from the tank. Our specialist suggests to check it intermittently whether it is working properly.
Solid built quality and maneuverable Bostitch BTFP0201 is built for performance. Because of the unit’s outstanding success Stanley Bostitch has introduced the new series BOSTITCH BTFP02012.
Porter Cable Air Compressor
6-gallon tank of Porter-Cable C2002 makes this compressor more versatile making it perfect for DIYers, homeowners and small carpenter crews. This is a very standard size, neither too big nor too small. It is highly portable and the best air compressor for nail gun.
you can run small spray gun in emergency case when this is the only compressor you have. It has approximate cut-in pressure at 120 PSI and approximate cut-out pressure at 150 PSI that provides 30 PSI.
Thanks to its pancake style tank, which is very well balanced and takes less footprint than the size. The rubber support feet underneath the tank allow it sits firmly on ground. A ball type drain valve underneath the tank releases unwanted condensed moisture quickly and thoroughly.
Porter Cable manufactured only one model with six gallon air tank. They have different names for purposes.
- Porter-Cable C2002 (The Compressor Model)
- Porter-Cable C2002-Wk (The compressor & accessory kits combo )
- PORTER CABLE C2002R ( refurbished)