The Porter-Cable C2002 is a maintenance-free, oil-less air compressor that’s great for a variety of users. With a max PSI of 150, this compressor can handle a number of air tools, making it an excellent choice for small business owners, as well as the DIY hobbyist. This compressor is recommended for woodworking and framing, but with a relatively low SCFM, it is not ideal for sanders or large spray painting projects. Because it only weighs about 32 pounds, this compressor can be easily moved for small projects, such as inflation, or carried up and down ladders for high-up framing work.
The C2002 comes with many standard features: a pressure switch, safety valve, pressure gauge, regulator, air compressor pump (oil-free), cooling system, drain valve, and motor overload protector. It also features an outlet pressure gauge, check valve, and quick-connect body.
- 32.1 pounds
- 19 x 19 x 18 inches
- 6-gallon tank
- Electric powered – 120 volts
- 1.0 Horsepower
- 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI
- 82 dBA
What it’s Good For
This compressor runs continuously on electric power, but the manufacturer recommends that the duty cycle be kept to 50%-75%, or 30-45 minutes of every hour, to prolong the life cycle of the pump. Luckily, the unit comes with two outlets. With two people working from the same compressor, you can get plenty of work done during each duty cycle, making this compressor ideal for professionals working in teams on framing projects.=
As a pancake air compressor, this unit is stable and requires very little maintenance. It is great for the activities described, but would not have the capacity to handle larger tools, such as lifts, grinders, or even blow guns. The low CFM makes it best suited for inflation and small nail guns, like a brad nailer, and the maximum of 150 PSI makes it impractical for tools that need higher PSIs to run continuously.
Because of the oil-free pump, this compressor is relatively low maintenance; however, it is best for DIY use for the same reason. Heavy use of an oil-free pump is not recommended, but this model can surely handle many small projects. If you are looking for something to use frequently and with higher-powered tools, a different compressor may be your best option.
The Pros and Cons
The pros for this unit are many, from the 75% duty cycle to the cut-in restart of 120 PSI. But our favorite features are:
- Quick connects/disconnects for easy tool changes
- Dual outlets for multi-person and multi-tool use
- Lightweight and compact design for transportation and carrying capability
- Oil-free, electric pump that offers low maintenance and continuous power
It is significantly more difficult to find things not to like about this unit. Of course, each compressor will have its advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages include:
- Depending on the surface on which the unit is placed, it can move around due to the vibrations caused by the fill up and restarts.
- The 6-gallon tank can take as long as 3 minutes to fill to the maximum 150 PSI.
Whether those are truly cons or simply minor inconveniences is up to you as a buyer.
Overall, this unit is perfect for anyone looking to complete small projects at home or on the job. It will even suit the needs of professional framers well! For the style and size of this compressor, you get an acceptable variety of uses, and several great features that make this unit a smart buy.