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Portable Air Compressor Comparison Chart

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Make & ModelIngersoll Rand
Porter Cable
TypeTwin StackHot DogTwin StackPancake
Tank Gallons42.54.26
CFM @ 90 PSI4.
Max Pressure135 Psi125 Psi130 Psi150 Psi
Horsepower2 HP1 HP2.5 HP0.8 HP
Duty Cycle100%70%50%50% - 75%
Air Couplers2122
Lubrication TypeOil LubricatedOil freeOil LubricatedOil Free
Power SourceElectricElectricElectricElectric
Thermal OverloadyesyesYesyes
Noise Output80 dba60 dba79 dba82 dba
Weight77 Lbs39 Lbs77 Lbs30 Lbs
Size L x W x H Inch19 x 19 x 1917 x 16 x 1519-3/8 x 18-3/4 x 1819 x 18 x 20.9
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Make & ModelMakita
Stanley Bostitch
California Air Tools
TypeHot DogHot DogTwin StackHot Dog
Tank Gallons2.
CFM @ 90 PSI3.
Max Pressure130 Psi150 Psi120 Psi125 Psi
Horsepower2 HP1 .5 HP1.0 HP0.5 HP
Duty Cycle50%50%Not Stated100%
Air Couplers1121
Lubrication TypeOil LubricatedOil FreeOil FreeOil Free
Power SourceElectricElectricElectricElectric
Thermal OverloadYesYesYesYes
Noise Output80 dba89 dba60 dba60 dba
Weight50 Lbs24 Lbs45.5 Lbs20 Lbs
Size L x W x H Inch18 x 10.5 x 2118 x 13 x 1517 x 17 x 2014 x 12.5 x 10.3
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Make & ModelDewalt
Industrial Air Contractor
TypeHot DogTwin StackPontoonHot Dog
Tank Gallons4.
CFM @ 90 PSI5.
Max Pressure200 Psi125 Psi155 Psi135 Psi
Horsepower1.6 HP2.0 HP5.0 HP2.5 HP
Duty Cycle75%100%50%100%
Air Couplers2112
Lubrication TypeOil FreeOil LubricatedOil FreeOil Lubricated
Power SourceElectricElectricGasolineElectric
Thermal OverloadYesYesN/AYes
Noise Output78 dba80 dba89 dba90 dba
Weight83 Lbs62 Lbs75 Lbs108 Lbs
Size L x W x H Inch33.5 x 23 x 1520 x 15 x 1724.5 x 21.5 x 2029 x 22 x 44
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Portable Air Compressor Comparison Charts – Explanation of Terms:

Make & Model – Manufacturer & Model Number

Type – The type of air storage tank

Tank Gallons – The air tank maximum capacity in gallons

CFM @ 90 PSI – The Cubic Feet Per Minute the compressor can output at 90 Pounds Per Square Inch

Max Pressure – The maximum pressure the tank(s) can hold

Horsepower – The horsepower rating of the motor Duty Cycle – See chart below for duty cycle explanation

Air Couplers – How many air couplers the compressor has

Lubrication Type – Oil lubricated or oil free

Power Source – Electric or Gasoline

Voltage – Voltage required to run the compressor

Thermal Overload – Indicates if the compressor has a thermal overload safety cutout

Noise Output – Shows the noise output of the air compressor in Decibels

Weight – Weight of the compressor Size L x W x H Inch – Shows the length, width and height of the compressor in inches

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Air Compressor Duty Cycle

Some compressors have a recommended duty cycle that must be followed to avoid damaging the machine. Although, there are compressors such as the Ingersoll Rand P1IU-A9 that have a duty cycle of 100% which means that they can run constantly without a break.

The duty cycle of an air compressor is the amount of time the compressor can run before it needs a rest. For example, if the duty cycle of the compressor is 50% in one hour then the compressor can run for a total of 30 minutes in any one hour.

Small CFM air tools such as nail guns that require short blasts of air should not present a problem because the compressor will not be constantly running, however, air tools that require a constant air supply such as spray guns and air sanders will use a lot of air and if the compressor tank is not large enough it will be constantly running.

The chart below is based on a 1 hour period

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