The Senco PC1010 weighs just 20 lbs. and has a thick foam grip, so you can easily pick it up and carry it from project to project, or load it onto a truck to take elsewhere. This is an affordable choice that’s probably best-suited for light home use.
Metabo The Tank
Packing a good amount of power, the Metabo The Tank is capable of reaching a maximum of 200 PSI, significantly more than other pancake options. It has a quick recovery rate and is able to support multiple tools simultaneously.
Campbell Hausfeld AC080510
With an eight-gallon capacity, the Campbell Hausfeld AC080510 can handle large jobs in both homes and on commercial job sites. It produces a consistent air discharge every time, so you don’t have to worry about nails or staples that aren’t set completely flush.
Craftsman 1.8 HP
The Craftsman 1.8 HP is easy to transport to job sites, thanks to the compact build, carrying handle, and rugged wheels. With a maximum PSI of 175, it’s able to refill the 10-gallon tank in around 70 seconds while remaining relatively quiet.
The Makita MAC5200 is ideal for carpenters who tend to use small pneumatic tools with a lower pressure demand than those used by mechanics. Its big-bore cylinder and piston provide a fast recovery time to help you work efficiently.
The NorthStar Portable has a belt-driven pump that builds power quickly and quietly, so you can work fast without a headache. Its two-cylinder engine means a constant and reliable pressure suitable for industrial applications.
The DeWalt D55146 offers a maximum tank pressure of 200 pounds-per-square-inch, which makes great use of the available volume. It quickly recharges after you exhaust it, so you can get on to your next job without wasting too much time.
The Ingersoll-Rand P15IU-A9 comes with an easily accessible drain valve and offers continuous-duty cycling, which means that it is perfect for running tools that require a steady supply over long periods of time, such as sanders and grinders.
NorthStar Vertical 20-Gallon
The NorthStar Vertical 20-Gallon features a rugged, cast-iron, V-twin pump that should last through a lifetime of even fairly regular use. Considering its five-cubic-feet-per-minute flow rate, it is surprisingly quiet, as well.
Campbell Hausfeld XC302100
The oil-lubricated, 2-stage pump on the Campbell Hausfeld XC302100 makes this a high-maintenance model, but it also results in low noise and a long life. It runs on 120-volt household circuits, but can be converted to 220 volts for even better performance.