Compare Air Compressors at a Glance
This is a handy table where you can see all the air compressors that are reviewed on this site.
To read a more detailed review of a compressor that you are interested in, you just have to click on the link under the “Model” column and you will be directed to the relevant page.
If you want to have a look at Amazon for any of the models to check out the latest price, you can click on the relevant link under the “Price Range” column.
|Price Range||Tank Capacity |
|SCFM Rating||Noise Level|
|Porter Cable PCFP02003||USA||135||Under $100||3.5||SCFM @ 40 PSI: 3.1|
SCFM @ 90 PSI: 2.0
|Senco PC1010||Taiwan||125||$100-$200||1||SCFM@ 40PSI:1.0|
SCFM@ 90 PSI:0.6
|Porter Cable C2002||USA||150||$100-$200||6||SCFM@ 40 PSI: 3.5|
SCFM@ 90 PSI: 2.6
|DeWalt DWFP55126||USA||165||$100-$200||6||SCFM @90 PSI: 2.6||75||30||4.7|
|California Air Tools CAT 6310||USA||120||$100-$200||6.3||SCFM @ 40 PSI: 3.8 |
SCFM@ 90 PSI: 2.35
|Makita Mac700||Taiwan||130||$100-$200||2.6||SCFM @ 40 PSI: 3.8|
SCFM @ 90 PSI: 3.3
|Makita Mac2400||Taiwan||130||$300-$400||4.2||SCFM @ 40 PSI: 4.8|
SCFM @ 90 PSI: 4.2
|Dewalt DWFP55130||China||200||$200-$300||2.5||SCFM @ 40 PSI: 4.0|
SCFM @ 90 PSI: 3.0
|Rolair JC10||China||115||$200-$300||2.3||SCFM @ 40 PSI: 3.8|
SCFM @ 90 PSI: 2.35
|Ingersoll Rand P1IU-A9||USA||135||$200-$300||4.0||SCFM @ 90 PSI: 4.3|
SCFM @ 135 PSI: 3.2
For your convenience, here’s a brief explanation of the columns that are shown on the table.
Model: The brand model of the air compressor.
Origin: This of course is self explanatory, this is the country the air compressor is made in, as listed by the manufacturer on their official website.
Pressure: Expressed in PSI (Pounds Per Square Inch), this feature refers to the maximum volume of compressed air that can be stored in the tank of the air compressor at a given time. A higher PSI means that the unit is capable of delivering more power to the air tool or tools you are operating, and for a longer time depending on the type of air tool and the application you are using it for.
Price Range: A rough indication of the unit’s price, as listed on Amazon.
SCFM Rating: Standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM) rating refers to the volume of air a compressor delivers at specific PSI levels. The CFM value changes as PSI changes. As you lower the PSI output, CFM increases. A compressor with a higher CFM rating can deliver more air and is better suited for heavier applications such as operating air wrenches and framing nail guns.
Here’s a useful resource I found, that I think will help you get a better idea of the various air tool CFM requirements: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/buyers-guides_air-compressors
Tank capacity: Measured in gallons, this is the capacity of the air compressor tank. A higher number means that the tank can hold more volume of air and thus can sustain more volume of air to the air tool you are operating, reducing the need for automatic restart of the motor to produce more air to fill the tank. However, a bigger tank will also mean a heavier and bulkier unit.
Noise Level: The level of noise produced when the motor is in operation, expressed in decibels (db). The lower the number, the less noise the unit produces.
To help you get a better grasp of how loud a compressor is, here’s a handy chart that I am sure you will find useful: http://www.noisehelp.com/noise-level-chart.html
Weight: Expressed in pounds, this is how much the unit weighs to carry around, when fully assembled. Obviously, less weight means more portability.
Our Rating: Using a scale of 1 to 5, this is our own rating that we came up, to give you a better overall indication of what units we recommend. The number is based on the user review ratings we found on online sites, as well as on our own research.