Best Trim Air Compressor 2017 – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

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If you’ve ever worked with power tools before, then you probably already know that having an air compressor by your side is necessary to get the job done. Many tools these days run on pneumatic power, making them more efficient and more powerful overall.

While air compressors are mostly found on construction sites, what if you need one to do some trim work on your house? Buying a big, bulky compressor will be inconvenient, so in this case, it’s much better to get a trim air compressor instead. These machines are lighter and more portable so that you can take them with you wherever you need them.

Today I’ll be talking about the best trim air compressors, as well as what makes them better than the competition. To help you even further, I will show you the most important features and aspects you should be looking for when making your final decision.

Top 5 Best Trim Air Compressor Comparison 

PRODUCT IMAGE

PRODUCT

NAME

WEIGHT

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PRODUCT

PRICE

Bostitch- CAP1512

23.5 pounds

Senco PC1010

20 pounds

DEWALT-DWFP55130

41.9 pounds

Grip-Rite GR152CM

40 pounds

Campbell Housfeld(FP209499AV)

20.5 pounds

BOSTITCH BTFP1KIT

42.2 pounds

How to Choose the Best Trim Air Compressor For The money

Output

First and foremost, the most crucial aspect of any compressor is how much air it can produce. To see that, you will be looking for its CFM rating, which stands for Cubic Feet per Minute. The higher the number, the more air you will get, and the better performance you’ll have overall.

Another aspect that you have to look at is the amount of pressure that the air is coming out. For the most part, 90 PSI (pounds per square inch) is the standard, but most compressors also have a peak PSI rating in case you need an extra boost. Depending on your needs, having a higher peak rating could be better.

Unless a compressor is designed to act as an inflator (for beach balls and other similar items), then it will have a reserve tank full of air. The reason for this is that it can create more pressure and deliver better results than if there was no tank at all.

As a general rule, you want to get a compressor with a decent sized tank so that you can keep working without having to wait for the pressure to build up. Most trim air compressors have at least one gallon, but if you’re doing bigger jobs, you may need more.

The size of the tank will also dictate how fast it fills and recycles as you work. Shorter recycle times means that you can maintain a steady level of pressure as you go without having to wait for the tank to fill up.

Compression Type

When talking about trim air compressors, they will either use pistons or screws to compress the air. Piston compressors are the most common, and they work similarly to your car’s engine. The piston drives air into the tank, thereby increasing the pressure. These models are usually cheaper, but they can break down more easily.

Screw type compressors use two screws to push air into the tank. Because of the way that they are designed, you can fill a tank much faster because it doesn’t have to recycle like a piston (moving back and forth). Best of all, screw compressors don’t need lubrication to function.

When it comes to pumping air, having an oil-free operation means that you get cleaner air that won’t have flecks of lubricant spitting out and contaminating your surface or gunking up your power tool.

Size

Because trim air compressors are designed to be portable, you want to make sure that it’s not too bulky or heavy for you. For that reason, you should pay attention to the weight of the unit, as well as how wide it is. Most smaller compressors come with a carrying handle for your convenience, but if it doesn’t have one, then moving it will be much more of a hassle.

Typically speaking, these compressors come in one of two varieties. The first is hot dog (because the tank looks like a hot dog) and the second is pancake (same reason). Pancake compressors generally have a more even distribution of weight, while hot dog models can have a lower center of gravity.

The benefit of hot dog compressors is that they are usually thinner, meaning that they take up less space overall.

Power Requirements

Since air compressors can’t run on batteries, that means that you have to plug them in. When working on your home (or job site), you have to make sure that you’re not drawing too much power, lest you blow a fuse or damage the circuit breaker.

Thus, be sure that your compressor draws no more than twelve amps or 110 volts. If it needs much more than that, it could damage your electrical system.

Recommended Top 5 Best Trim Air Compressor Reviews

1. BOSTITCH-CAP1512 air compressor

As far as compressor brands go, Bostitch is one of the better known out there. Simply put, if you want a high-quality machine that will get the job done quickly and efficiently, then Bostitch is a great way to go.

In this case, the CAP1512 is a relatively high-capacity air compressor, meaning that you can do more with this model than you could with others that are similarly sized. The output of this machine is incredible, pumping out 2.8 CFM at a max pressure rating of 150 PSI. That is more than enough to power framers and nailers, meaning that you can get the job done even faster than with another brand.

What’s even more amazing is that this compressor can maintain that output with a small tank. At 1.2 gallons, it’s about average for a trim air compressor, but as you’ll see many other models don’t have nearly the same output.

The other things I like about this unit is that it is oil free and has on board storage for your tools and hose. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t come with a hose.

Pros:

Cons

● 2.8 CFM output

● Operates at 90 PSI with max 150 PSI

● Oil-free pump gives you cleaner air

● 1.5 HP running, 2.0 peak HP

● Draws only twelve amps

● 1.2-gallon reserve tank

● Compact design weighs 23.5 pounds

● Easy to read gauges

● On/off switch protected by casing

● Integrated roll cage to prevent accidents

● No scuff rubber feet

● On board tool and hose storage

● Integrated power cord wrapping

● One-year limited warranty

● Some components are not as durable as others

● No hose included

Highlighted Features

  • 90 PSI, Max 150
  • 1.5 running HP, Max 2.0
  • 12 amp motor
  • 1.2-gallon reserve tank
  • ​Oil-free pump
  • ​Rubber feet
  • Onboard storage

2. Senco-PC1010 Air compressor

Next, we have a model from Senco. The PC1010 is a smaller model that is designed for nailers and staple guns mostly. If that’s all you need to use, then this compressor should be perfect for you. However, if you need to power something more robust, then you could have problems using this machine.

What’s nice about this particular model is that it is small and compact, meaning that you can take it wherever you want to go. The one-gallon tank and ½ horsepower motor are much lighter than other similar models, meaning that you can work a whole room with minimal effort.

The other great thing about the size of this compressor is that it is much quieter than other bigger models. It’s so quiet that you can run it without disturbing anyone in the next room.

Pros:

Cons

1. Delivers up to forty-four drives per minute

​2. Refills in just thirty-five seconds

​3. One-gallon tank

​4. ½ HP operation, with one HP peak

​5. Operates at 90 PSI, peak 125 PSI

​6. Only draws four amps

​7. Oil free pump for cleaner air

​8. Roll bar for easy carrying

​9. Separate gauges for different pressures

10.Rubber feet for stability

​11. Quiet operation

12. Compact design weighs only twenty pounds

​13. One-year limited warranty

1. Some components are not as durable as others

​2. No hose included

​3. In rare cases, the unit may leak air

Highlighted Features

  • 44 drives per minute
  • One-gallon reserve tank
  • ​90 PSI, Max 125
  • ​½ HP running, 1HP Max
  • ​Oil-free pumping
  • Rubber feet
  • Four-amp motor

3. DEWALT DWFP55130 Air compressor

As far as power tool brands go, I love DeWalt. All of the company’s products are high-quality, and the DWFP55130 Compressor is certainly one of them.

What’s so great about this unit is that, even though it’s small and compact, you get incredible performance. The output is massive (relatively) with 3.0 SCFM and a max PSI rating of 200. With an oil-free pump, that means that you can work almost anywhere and power a wide range of different tools. Also, the fact that it comes with a 2.5-gallon tank is another bonus.

The other thing that I really like about this compressor is that you can use it in a vertical or horizontal position. That, coupled with a slim design means that it is more versatile on the job site than most other models.

Pros:

Cons

1. 3.0 SCFM output

​2. Operates at 90 PSI, max 200

​3. Large 2.5-gallon tank

​4. Oil-free pump delivers cleaner air

​5. Low maintenance design

​6. Quiet operation at 71.5 dB

​7. Draws only twelve amps

​8.Lightweight design weighs thirty-five pounds

​9. Integrated handle for easier carrying

​10. Rubber feet for stability

​11. Easy to read gauges

12. Works vertically or horizontally

13. Two hose connectors

​14. One-year limited warranty

1. Some components may not be as durable as others

​2. Does not come with a hose

​3. In rare cases, the unity may start leaking

Highlighted Features

  • 3 SCFM
  • 90 PSI, Max 200
  • 2.5-gallon reserve tank
  • Twelve-amp motor
  • Oil-free pumping
  • Rubber feet
  • Operates at 71.5 dB

4. Grip Rite GR152CM 1 5HP Gallon Compressor

Next, we have a massive air compressor that is designed for bigger jobs. If you want to power multiple tools at once or need something with a lot more oomph, then the Grip-Rite Compressor is for you.

When it comes to performance, this model pushes out 3.4 CFM at a rate of 90 PSI. A massive two horsepower (peak) motor means that you can work faster and more productively than with most other models on this list.

You’ll also notice that this compressor comes with a pontoon design, which means you get two reserve tanks instead of one. That also means that you can work longer without any interruption as the refill process switches between tanks. In all, it only takes about ten seconds to recycle.

Overall, the only significant downside is that it is much heavier and bulkier than other compressors.

Pros:

Cons

1. 3.4 CFM output

​2. Large two-gallon tank

​3. Pontoon-style compressor

​4. Low center of gravity, so it won’t knock over

​5. Operates at 1.5 HP, max two horsepower

​6. 90 PSI standard, 125 max

​7. Fifty seconds to fill, ten seconds to refill

8. Roll bar to protect components

9. Quiet operation at 75 dB

​10. Oil-free pump delivers cleaner air

​11. Life expectancy of about 4,000 hours

​12. Integrated handles make for easier carrying

​13. One-year limited warranty

1. In rare cases, the unit may recycle more frequently than necessary

​2. Some components are not as durable as others

​3. No hose included

​4. In rare instances, it may be louder than expected

Highlighted Features

  • 3.4 CFM
  • 90 PSI, Max 125
  • 1.5 HP, Max 2 HP
  • 2-Gallon reserve tank
  • Oil-free pumping
  • Operates at 75 dB

5. Campbell Hausfeld Horizontal Air Compressor

Our last compressor was built for big jobs, but this one is made for small ones. If you don’t need a ton of pressure or output (like for nail or staple guns), then this compact model could be right for you.

The output of this compressor is tiny, giving you 0.7 CFM at a rate of 90 PSI. That’s more than enough for a staple or nail gun, but not much else. The motor is also small, running at one-half horsepower.

Overall, this compressor is great if you need something highly portable (it only weighs ten pounds) and don’t need to power anything too big.

Pros:

Cons

1. 0.7 CFM output

​2. Operates at 90 PSI, 125 max

​3. One-half horsepower motor

​4. Low maintenance design

​5. Oil-free pump delivers cleaner air

​6. Portable and lightweight

7. Integrated handle for easier carrying

8. Rubber feet for stability

9. Runs on standard 120-volt current

​10. One-gallon reserve tank

11. Weighs only about ten pounds

1. Not as powerful as other models

​2. Some components may break easily under pressure

​3. No hose is included

Highlighted Features

  • 0.7 CFM
  • 90 PSI, Max 125
  • ​½ HP operation
  • ​1-gallon reserve tank
  • Oil-free pump
  • 12-amp motor

BOSTITCH-BTFP1KIT –Air Compressor

We end our list with the same company that started it. Here we have the BTFP1Kit from Bostitch. What makes this particular model unique is that it is the only one that includes an air hose and a nail gun with your purchase. So, if accessories are a big selling point for you, then this is the one to get.

As far as performance goes, this is a true Bostitch product. It delivers 2.6 CFM at a max PSI of 150. The tank on this compressor is massive (relatively speaking) with six gallons of reserve air to keep you going longer. It does take more time to fill initially, but you won’t have to worry about recycling as often.

Overall, this compressor is built to power two or more tools at a time, so if that sounds like something you need, then get this model.

Pros:

Cons

1. 2.6 SCFM

​2. Operates at 90 PSI, 150 max

​3. Large six-gallon tank

​4. Pancake style design

​5. Integrated handle for easier carrying

​6. Rubber feet for stability

​7. Weighs less than thirty pounds

​8. Low maintenance design

​9. Oil-free pump delivers cleaner air

​10. Quiet operation

​11. Two hose connectors

12. One hose included

​13. One-year limited warranty

1. Some components won’t work properly at times

​2. In rare cases, the unit may leak air

​3. In rare instances, hose may not be included

Highlighted Features

  • 2.6 SCFM
  • 90 PSI, Max 150
  • 6-gallon reserve tank
  • Oil-free pumping
  • Hose and nail gun included

Final Verdict

When comparing these various trim air compressors, it’s hard to come up with one that stands out above the rest. However, if I had to pick one, I would choose the DeWalt model, as I have a particular fondness for that brand. Nonetheless, I also like the two Bostitch Compressors, as they have the best features overall. Each one of these compressors will do an excellent job and be more than satisfactory for your needs.

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Mary T. White
 

Hello all, this is Mary White, a trained AC service technician who also doubles up as a blogger. On my website, I majorly discuss issues related to the working, specifications, pros and cons of the various tools that are needed for home and professional use. I understand many homeowners and commercial operators need essential tips and professional advice before they can invest in any tools such as air compressors, socket sets and many others. As a result, I have dedicated my time to provide insightful information about these devices and at the same time provide a platform where users can share their experience. I update my website from time to time and you can follow me for the latest news and trends regarding different tools.

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