In the ultra portable category is this low priced 1.5 gallon Porter Cable Compressor product that is 2.0 SCFM at 90 PSI with water drain valve and rubber feet. Max PSI is 150 so with the already small tank you will have to wait considerably less for it to recover. The pump on the inside of the unit is the standard oil free version requiring little to no maintenance over the years you will have the air compressor. You won’t break your back as it’s at the 20 pound mark, with a handle making it as easy to carry as a backpack. The luxury of this particular unit is that it has accessories galore with a 25 foot coil hose and 8 piece accessory kit. You’re sure to find the piece you need when you reach that crossroads of doing a unique job.
Porter Cable Compressor product -The 1.5 gallon tank was ideal in keeping it at 20 pounds, but I would’ve loved to add in extra 1.5 gallons and even it out to a full 3 gallon tank. Not only is this little bugger powerful enough to handle a 3 gallon tank, but I do believe it would thrive since in a setting where it has to inflate several objects back to back.
-Low Amp 120V motor starts easily in cold weather or with extension cord
The low Amp 120V motor starts easily in cold weather or with extension cord and at only 20-Pound it is easily portable. It has a low noise motor at 79 dBA (Tested per ISO3744) for a quieter work environment.
-The fully enclosed design provides protection from hot or moving parts. Includes a 25-Feet coil hose and 8 pc accessory kit facilitate a number of inflation tasks. Includes a 1 year warranty on compressor components.
-Features and Specifications
2.0 SCFM at 90 psi allows for quick compressor recovery time, per ISO1217
1.5 gal tank in shroud is easy to carry, includes water drain valve and rubber feet
150 psi max tank pressure stores more air in the tank for longer tool runtimes
Durable oil-free pump for long life and no maintenance
Low Amp 120V motor starts easily in cold weather or with extension cord
-Customer Reviews and Scores
I found 342 customer reviews at the time of writing and they had awarded the PORTER CABLE compressor CMB15 150 PSI 1.5 Gallon Oil-Free Fully Shrouded Compressor.
4.5 stars out of a possible 5 on average.
-The customer reviews on Amazon are positive overall, but there were a few niggling points raised. One customer said, “At 3 months old and only used a hand full of times the motor failed and started shooting sparks and smoke out of the side vent!
-However, no one else seems to have experienced the same difficulties, so perhaps it isn’t a widespread problem. Other customers said,”Light weight. Easy to move without wheels. Relatively quiet compared to some other oil-less units. It is NOT a heavy duty ,machine capable of more than inflating tires, beach balls, etc. and dusting. Even though it produces up to 150psi, the take is small and will not support large amounts of air for any length of time. I’ve not checked it for shop level nailing. I imagine it should do for nailing moulding, etc. Definitlly not for roofing! 🙂
I gave it 5 stars for what it does do. Don’t buy a 2 cycle engine if you need 0-60 in 3 secs!