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Old 04-06-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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Great portable compressor

Virtually everyone who airs up their 22.5" tires with the onboard air compressor has found that it is a real pain in the backside. The onboard compressor charges up to about 120 to 125 or so psi and does not cut in until about 90 psi which necessitates frequent trips back inside to fan the brakes to force the compressor back on. Of course the engine must remain on during the air up. After 2+ years I finally got tired of this and went on a mission to find a decent compressor that had enough final pressure and cut in at a decent psi (SCFM) plus was compact, light weight and not cost an arm and a leg. I looked at a few high end DC powered compressors with enough air pressure but at 120 psi had very poor recovery (SCFM) and little if any storage capacity. During a recent trip to Home Depot the DeWalt Rep (DeWalt owns Porter Cable) was there and explained what I wanted. He showed me a recent compressor that was previously only availabe as an expensive bundle with 3 air nailers that would do the job. The Porter Cable C2002-CK with a 6 gallon tank, 150 PSI, 125 cut in and 2.2 SCFM at 150 psi and comes with hose and some other accessories. The price at HD was $159. It works as advertised and is very, very fast. I removed about 20 psi out of a front tire and the comperssor aired it up to 120 psi in less than a minute. The compressor easily fits in the far aft curb side compartment. I'm very pleased with this compressor and it's light enough to move around and take home if need be.

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My wife bought me the same compressor for Christmas and I love it. My local Home Depot had a one day special price of $89.99 so she snapped it up. I too got weary of trying to air up my tires using the onboard compressor.
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My wife bought me the same compressor for Christmas and I love it. My local Home Depot had a one day special price of $89.99 so she snapped it up. I too got weary of trying to air up my tires using the onboard compressor.
$89.99 is a steal. You're buying the beer.
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I bought and carry with me a factor refurb Porter Cable...works great! I think I paid under $100 including shipping....
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Can you find the pressureswitch on your tank? Usually there is a little srew on the switch to adjust the pressure at witch you want the compressor to kick back in.

I use a portable comressor and had the same problem. My compressor does 130psi but the compressor does not kick in until 95psi. I opend that little black box that said "do not open, no serviceble parts" and found the pressureswitch adjustment inside. Now my compressor will start at 110psi.
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After purchasing a Home Depot brand compressor (that died) I replaced it with the Porter Cable. Great little compressor and it designed to work with and extension cord too.

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Old 04-09-2009, 07:25 PM   #7
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I bought the Porter Cable c2002 online from Amazon.com (refurbished) right after Christmas because I missed the Home Depot special. It was listed at $89 but when I went to check out it was $69 (really liked that surprise). It works really good and is very light.

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From a size/storability/performance perspective I think this might be the ultimate RV air compressor. It is a fairly new DeWalt product, model 55140.

About the size of a couple of telephone books (14"x19"x9") cut in pressure of 120psi and cut out at 135psi so it can handle some pretty high pressures - handles my 125psi fills with ease.

More critical specs - The size is astonishing, the sound level is exceedingly low, it's an oil-free compressor so no spills and can store at any angle, it has a 100% duty cycle so it can run all day, and (from an RV perspective) there are no pieces and parts extending beyond the frame to catch up and break off in our tight storage compartments. It is simply tight and compact.

At 2.6amps it is not even a problem to run off a small inverter! A very solid and compact package. A bit pricey at retail about $130. I've seen them on Amazon.com and occasionally at various non-big box hardware stores.

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I've had great performance from this http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93186
small compressor. I bought it for $39.95 on sale. It's not fast compared to more expensive compressors, but I'm retired, no time schedules.
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Ray - Curious, what is the duty cycle rating on that unit?? I've looked at these little guys before with favor until I read the tech specs which quite often give them a 5-10min ON cycle followed by a 30min OFF cycle in order to cool. If I were trying to fill a 22.5in tire, that would take a couple weeks!! Well, not really, but was curious what you model fine print says.
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I have one quite like Ray's, 22.5's, one front tires down to 35# after a 2 1/2 month trip to the down under, 10 minute duty time. Ran for 10 minutes and was at 90# plus. This was enough for me to get to a 10 mile away truck stop to get a new valve installed. This is my 4-runners emergency compressor. So for me did OK. But I'll have a Porter-cable in a couple weeks for the DP.

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I just bought The Porter Cable C2002-CW at Lowe's for $164. It fits nicely in the compartment and it works great.
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Thanks Len. I didn't see the question until just now. I do remember that the instructions say it's normal for it to get too hot to touch while inflating large tires.
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I just bought The Porter Cable C2002-CW at Lowe's for $164. It fits nicely in the compartment and it works great.
HD has it for 159.00 I had Lowes price match and give me 10 percent off. Bought it last week for 144.00 .. Save $20 bucks. You can go back and still get the lower price.
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