When you’re buying a compressor, you’ve got to put some thought into what you’re going to do with it. For example, if you’re planning on running an air wrench or a die grinder, you’re going to need a pretty big tank. But if you’re just looking to drive a single nailer — like many people do at the jobsite — your needs are somewhat different.
And that’s what makes this new compressor from Bostitch so interesting. Its small, internal 1.6 gallon tank is plenty to drive a nailer, but because its 1.5 HP motor only draws a peak of 8 amps, you can run a lot longer extension cord to it — a big deal when you’re working on a new-build house where there’s only one power source.
It’s also not any larger than it needs to be, weighing in at just under 20 pounds. Bostitch claims it’s “ultra-quiet,” but I’ve never heard an oil-free compressor that I didn’t continue to hear for a bit after it switches off. Somehow I have trouble believing this one’s any different.
That said, it looks like a great tool for job-site trim work. The price is right, too, starting at around $120 online.
Trim Air 1.5 Peak HP Oil-Free Contractor Compressor [Bostitch]
Street Pricing [Froogle]
Buy It Now from Amazon [What’s this?]