Air Compressor Reviews

Porter Cable C2002-WK Portable Compressor Review

In this Porter Cable C2002-WK review we will be looking at the features, pros and cons of the compressor and hopefully helpingPorter Cable Portable Air Compressor you to decide if this is the right machine for you.

Motor and Pump:

The 120 volt, soft start, 0.8 HP motor fills the 6 gallon tank to a maximum of 150 psi at a reasonable rate and gives an output of 2.6 SCFM @ 90psi. The motor also has replaceable brushes that ensure a longer motor life.

When the tank pressure drops to 120 Psi the motor kicks in and refills the tank to 150 Psi, which, for a small motor is fairly quick.

With only 10 AMPs draw, the machine will run on any household circuit, and means you won’t be tripping breakers when starting it up.

The Porter Cable C2002-WK motor also features an automatic reset thermal overload protector. If the motor overheats for any reason, the overload protector will shut off the motor. The motor must be allowed to cool down before restarting. The compressor will automatically restart after the motor cools.

Porter Cable C2002-WK Portable Air Compressor


Break-in Procedure:

IMPORTANT: The break-in procedure must be followed before operating the compressor for the first time and after the check valve or a complete compressor pump has been replaced. The procedure is as follows:

Make sure the On/Off switch is in the “Off” position.
Plug in the power cord.
Open the drain valve fully to permit air to escape and prevent air pressure build up in the air tank during the break-in period.
Move the On/Off switch to “On” position. The compressor will start.
Run the compressor for 15 minutes. Make sure the drain valve is open and there is minimal air pressure build-up in tank.
After 15 minutes, close the drain valve by turning clockwise. The air receiver will fill to “cut-out” pressure and the motor will stop. The compressor is now ready for use.

Design & Build:

The design of the Porter Cable C2002-WK is very good and makes for a very stable machine with all controls easily accessible.

A plastic shroud covers vital components, protecting them from accidental damage. On the side of the compressor is a cord wrap, which is great for eliminating trip hazards when the compressor is not in use.

The three rubber feet on the bottom of the machine help to reduce vibration, protect flooring and maintain stability. Also on the bottom of the tank is the standard type drain valve.

The C2002-WK weighs in at 30 lbs making it fairly easy to carry around using the built in handle that sits on top of the machine. Being a pancake style compressor, it is very stable and easy to lift.

Controls:Porter Cable C2002 Controls

The compressor has two gauges, the tank pressure gauge indicates the reserve air pressure stored in the tank and the outlet pressure gauge that indicates the air pressure available at the outlet side of the regulator. This pressure is controlled by the adjustable regulator valve and is always less than or equal to the tank pressure.

The gauges are large, clear and due to them being angled upwards, are very easy to read. Having the gauges and power switch recessed into the plastic shroud reduces the chance of damage and the possibility of an accidental start-up or switch off of the machine.

There are two universal couplers, which is good if you regularly need to have two air tools connected at the same time.


The oil free pump is not the loudest pump on the market and at 82 decibels it certainly isn’t the quietest either. If you are going to be using the compressor indoors or in a confined space for any length of time the noise factor may become a problem unless you wear hearing protection.


The Porter Cable C2002-Wk comes with a 13 piece accessory kit that includes – 25′ x 1/4″ PVC air hose with coupler and plug assembled,C2002 portability

tire chuck with plug, blow gun with plug, tire gauge, blow gun with OSHA safety nozzle, rubber tip and three inflation adapters.


As mentioned above, it is quite a noisy machine, however, this can be overcome by either wearing hear protection or using longer hoses and locating the machine away from the job area.

Some reviewers have mentioned that the accessory pack that is included with the machine could have been of better quality, although, for the price, what can you expect? The PORTER CABLE C2002 is also available without the kit from here.


The Porter Cable C2002-WK is a well built and durable air compressor that is simple to operate and easily transportable.

For tire inflation, DIY projects or light use contractor purposes, the Porter Cable C2002-WK is a low-cost option that should see many years of trouble free use.

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Updated: October 31, 2019 — 6:05 pm
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