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Amazon is currently listing this Hitachi six-gallon pancake air compressor for $149 — not a bad deal for a brand-name product.  Other than the six-gallon tank, it has a 2 HP, 13A, oil-free induction motor which delivers 2.6 CFM at 90 PSI with a maximum working pressure of 135 PSI — plenty for a nailer.

Hitachi EC79 [Hitachi Tools]
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7 Responses to Dealmonger: A Hitachi Six-Gallon Oil-Free Pancake Compressor For $150

  1. Kurt Schwind says:

    Is enough of a compressor to run the Ridgid tools in the give-away? I’m just curious. Compressors confuse me because I never know what the ‘entry’ level really is for these things. I mean, if I want to fill tires, run nailers and maybe do some painting/staining with an airbrush and/or running a buffer or sander, is this enough for those but I’d just be re-filling often?

  2. Darrell Bowen says:

    The short answer is this compressor delivers 2.6 CFM at 90 PSI. What that means is, based on a working pressure for MOST air operated tools of 90 psi, this will deliver 2.6 Cubic Feet per Minute. Each of your tools is rated in CFM for it’s individual consumption. Constantly running tools like air sanders, drills or sprayers will consume much more air than an intermittant tool such as a nailer. So, ideally, just take the consumption figures for all of the tools you’ll be running AT THE SAME TIME, then add them up arrive at the TOTAL cfm required to do the job. If you’re only running one tool at a time, choose the tool with the largest consumption and that’s the max you’ll need, ideally, then most folks add a 20% fudge factor on top of thier max estimated cfm consumption requirement.

  3. Is it just me, or does the shroud look like a welding helmet? Yeesh. Hitachi needs to give H.R. Giger back his nightmares and start making tools that look like tools.

    So, for the compressor experts: What’s the deal with oil-free compressors? I understand that airbrushes need oil-free air, but this is clearly not an artist’s compressor! Air tools generally want some oil in their air anyway, don’t they?

  4. Chuck Cage says:

    Nate/All: Back in Tool Talk Podcast #4 we talked to Tod Usrey from Campbell Hausfeld about the difference between oiled and oil-free compressors. You’ll want to check out that podcast segment for all the details, but the short version is that oil-free compressors use a “composite” (read: plastic) piston which doesn’t require lubrication. The upside of this is that you don’t need to use a filter for painting, but they often don’t last as long as metal/oiled types.

    Each type pretty much has its place. For a small, home-use compressor that’ll probably spend most of its time airing up tires and running an airbrush, oil-free would probably be the best choice. When you use an air tool (rarely) that requires oil, just remember to oil the tool directly via its oil port. Garages that use air tools a lot use an oiler — not just the oil that slips past the oiled piston.

    Hopefully that helps, but if you want to know more, check out the podcast. Tod lays it out well.

  5. Don W. says:

    I purchased the PC 6 gallon pancake compressor from HD about a month ago and paid $179 w/free shipping… Great thing is that it came with a free brad nailer. It also has a max 150psi. So far I am happy with it. Been installing new base boards with my 18 gauge Nailer from HF.

  6. nrChris says:

    I bought a Bostitch 6 gallon compressor on amazon–it included a finish nailer, brad nailer, and crown stapler. At the time it was about $238 shipped–currently it is closer to $280. Everything works as it should and I am very happy with the purchase. You guys need to cover some sprayers and technique–I am getting sick of brush finishing.

  7. Steve Anderson says:

    as a commercial installation contractor i have been very happy with hitachi compressors, i wore one out, and bought this one. the “welder helmet” shroud has done quite well at protecting the gauges!

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