The Bostitch BTFP02012 is an oil-free pancake compressor. It is another in the family of lightweight pancake compressors. Much like the models closely related to it, it offers a number of uses around the home and for small business owners/professionals.
This compressor has a max PSI of 150, which is standard for a tank of this size and style. Like its competitors, this unit is great for framing, fencing, roofing, and smaller projects such as upholstery. It is not recommended for use on large spray painting projects or large air tools, including grinders. The product may be deemed consumer grade, but it can certainly be used in some professional settings.
- 31.5 pounds
- 17 x 17 x 19.2 inches
- 6-gallon tank
- Electric powered – AC
- 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI
- 78.5 dBA
- High flow regulator and couplers
What it’s Good For
This Bostitch model is oil-free and quieter, at 78.5 dBA, than some of the similar products on the market, making it ideal for in-home use and work areas where noise level are a concern. It can easily power small air tools and tools for DIY projects, and could also serve as an efficient inflator when needed. It bears the standard features: pressure gauges, universal couplers, a handle for carrying, and rubber feet to prevent movement during the fill up and restarts.
Much like similar products, this pancake compressor has two universal couplers, meaning it can support two users or two different tools at once. This unit can be purchased as a bundle with one, two, or three air tools. Also available is a premium kit that includes a 50-foot air hose and 10 piece inflation and blow gun accessory kit; however, if you do not buy one of these bundles, be prepared to dish out some extra money to get a hose, as the basic unit does not come with one.
The Pros and Cons
The pros of this Bostitch model are clear – for its size, it has an appropriate maximum PSI and weight. The oil-free pump is low-maintenance, but do take care not to overuse it, as the lack of oil may wear on the pump with overuse. As a consumer grade air compressor, it delivers all of the features that it should. Rubber feet are certainly a plus to prevent movement and damage to floors or other work surfaces.
The biggest complaint about this model is that unless you buy it as one of the kits with air tools included, you will not receive an air hose, which means you cannot use the unit until you get one. If you order just the unit, be sure to order a hose as well so that you are not stuck without one. This model is also relatively loud in comparison to some similar products, but it is by no means the loudest. You may find that the bigger tank size means a longer filling time. While that is something you will face with any compressor with a tank this size, you may want to consider a compressor with a smaller tank, as long as it still meets your compression needs.
Overall, this is a great product for at-home use. It will suit some of your professional construction needs, but not all, so be sure to consider what kinds of tools you will be using and check their PSI requirement against the model maximum. We also have a list of what tools require what SCFM on our homepage – another good tool to determine your compressor needs for use of tools beyond the ordinary ones you would be using for DIY projects before purchasing an air compressor as a business investment.