When you do a lot of work with power tools, or when you’re working around cars, one of the most important things to keep around is an air compressor – and a damn good one. Say, you wanna fill your tires up, or pump up your nail gun – without having to haul a 450 pound machine.
However, there are also those who don’t need a beast of a mobile air compressor to do the job – and don’t want to pay that hefty price. So, with that in mind, I bought myself a popular and well-priced portable air compressor – the Porter Cable C2002-WK – and gave it a try.
If you’re looking for the absolute best in mobile air-compressors, this isn’t it. You’re not going to be using it for really heavy-duty stuff either – but, for the pricetag, and for someone who just needs an air-compressor for a couple things and isn’t running a professional garage, it’s got a real good price-to-value ratio.
- It’s a bit over 20 inches tall (20.4), and squares at 17 inches around the tank – 17 inches in width, 17 inches in length.
- As portable air compressors go, the C2002-WK from Porter Cable has got a very good weight at 34 pounds (that’s about 15.4 kilograms, for metric users).
- Since it’s for the everyman, it’s designed for long-term use – no maintenance, long-lived, and runs off a normal household outlet.
- 6 SCFM at 90 psi.
- 150 psi maximum pressure.
- Weather doesn’t seem to affect it – used it right in the middle of a December winter, worked without a hitch.
- Tank size of 6 gallons, pancake-style, and a ¼ inch outlet.
- 2 air couplers, so it can handle a pair of tools each time.
- Nice touch – it’s got rubber on the bottom, so you don’t have to worry much about vibrations.
The C2002-WK comes with an accessory kit, too. It’s pretty basic – a 25-foot hose, a blow gun, a tire chuck and gauge, some Teflon tape and other things, including plugs and a quick coupler – a total of 13 pieces. Some portable air compressors don’t come with everything you need to actually start pumping up your tires or tools – so it’s handy to know that you’re all ready with a single purchase.
- It runs off of 120-volt, 10-amp outlets.
- It’s got a decibel level of 82 dBA
- Runs at 0.8 horsepower.
There are some more things to know about the C2002-WK beforehand, though – one of the biggest being the fact that it doesn’t have an official manual on how to break it in. And yeah, you do have to break it in, like any air compressor – it just isn’t mentioned. You have to go to the Porter Cable website and dig around to find the details – but, not to worry. A lot of people have already jumped to the rescue, detailing steps on how to break it in through forums and reviews – and I’ll do the same here.
Breaking in the Porter Cable C2002-WK
- Make sure the compressor is off. That means, double-check the power switch.
- Make sure the compressor is plugged in. This is a dry-run of sorts, so you’re going to have to run power through it.
- Open the drain valve by turning it counter-clockwise, so air can escape while the compressor is running through the first time. That’s to keep pressure from building while breaking it in.
- Turn the compressor’s power switch on.
- Let it run for 15 minutes, and make sure you’re keeping the drain valve open.
- Slowly close the drain valve by turning clockwise, after you’ve waited 15 minutes. The receiver will run up to it’s cut-out pressure, and then the compressor with stop.
And that’s it. After that, you can get to work – but you have to make sure to do this first, to ensure you don’t mess the compressor up and blow a piece.
- It’s easy to use.
- It isn’t expensive.
- It does what you need it to do around the house, from finishing nailers to tires.
- Because of its weight and size, it’s also easy to store.
- It isn’t the most reliable thing, according to many reviewers. While there are people who’ve had little to no problems with it for the most part, some have had leaky or broken valves, blown parts, broken knobs, and other signs of poor quality.
Overall, it’s great for someone who doesn’t need a high-powered compressor, and just needs one to do a couple odd jobs around the house. Great price, great ease-of-use, and the fact that it’s oil-free and needs no maintenance makes it all the better.