There are dozens of brands and hundreds of different air compressor models out there. They come in different price ranges, sizes, gallon sizes and so much more. All this makes it hard to choose the right one.
We have reviewed, tested and pitted hundreds of air compressors against each other over the years. We then created this list of our 5 favorite air compressors that go well with an impact wrench.
|Makita MAC5200||5.2 gal||4.7/5|
|Porter Cable C2002|
Best for the Money
|NorthStar Belt Vertical||20 gal||4.4/5|
|Campbell Hausfeld FP209499AV||3.0 gal||3.9/5|
We will start with the best of the best. The Eagle EA-500 provides a desirable combination of value and efficiency that should suit the needs of most people looking for an air compressor for their impact wrench.
Shoppers will be sure to appreciate the 5.5-gallon tank, the two horsepower peak, the oil-free double piston pump, and the low amp draw component that increases the life expectancy to be more than five times that of the average air compressor.
It also operates at an ultra-quiet level and it provides maximum efficiency for the person in need of a product that they can use regularly to maximum effect.
If there is any setback associated with this unit it is that it is on the more expensive side which will probably eliminate it as a buying option for some potential shoppers.
That said, if you plan on using the unit regularly and you have the money in your budget you will find that the Eagle EA 5000 is well worth your time and loot.
Coming in second for our runner up slot, the Makita MAC5200. There is a reason that you are finding this compressor towards the top of the list.
The cast iron pump is insanely durable. The 3.5 horsepower motor can produce 6.5 CFM at 90 PSI, which will increase your productivity. The pump itself is pre-oiled for cooler temperature operations and the handle and wheels are designed to make the unit as portable as possible.
This all sounds really excellent, right? Well actually it is, but possibly to a greater extent than you really need. This unit is designed for worksite style conditions. It’s rugged and optimized for suffering some wear and tear.
The problem is that it comes with the price tag of an industrial unit as well. If you are a casual user, you probably aren’t going to want or need the extra bells and whistles that come with the Makita.
Still, if you need something that is built to be insanely tough this unit is going to be great.
Coming in third and in our best impact wrench air compressor for the money slot, the Porter-Cable. There is a lot to like about this unit, but most potential buyers will probably be first drawn in by the price.
As our best for the money pick, it should be no surprise that this unit is both affordable and loaded with value thanks to a few choice features.
The unit is designed in the “pancake compressor” style for optimal stability, it comes with a thirteen piece accessory kit, and it delivers 2.6 SCFM at 90 psi, allowing for a very quick system recovery time.
Of course, these things said there is a reason that this tool did not find its way into our top two.
It’s a noisy unit, and the size of the tank means that it isn’t very efficient for extended periods of use.
These things aside it’s a great buy for the beginning or casual user.
Second to last on the list, the NorthStar Belt Vertical. This is yet another unit that is going to be a big find for the user that is looking for industrial level quality.
Conversely, it is also a unit that virtually every casual user is going to want to shy away from. Industrial quality doesn’t come cheap after all.
This said if you are willing to fork up the money, you will get a two-horsepower motor, a two-cylinder cast iron pump, and rewiring potential that will allow you to work with a variety of different power sources as the need presents itself.
Again, these are features that the average user simply is not going to need. If you are looking for a more basic arrangement, you can still get loads of quality at a much more reasonable price by going with our top choice on the list.
For those that need the extra features, you’ll get them here. Just keep in mind that it’s not necessarily perfect. For instance, the pressure regulator that comes with the compressor is not quite up to snuff when it comes to handling the PSI and CFM levels that the NorthStar delivers.
The good news is that this issue is a relatively simple fix, but for the money, you might decide that you would prefer something without small issues.
These things aside, it’s a really great compressor.
Coming in last, the Campbell Hausfeld. Just a fair warning—in this case, last really does mean last. While the Campbell does technically work as an air compressor it ultimately functions at a level much lower than that of the other units on the list.
This is mostly just a product of the unit’s nature. This is more an entry-level piece of equipment than it is something that will satisfy the needs of a serious user. The tank is small, it runs inefficiently (which also means that it suffers from a short lifespan) and it does not coordinate very well with the PSI needs of most good impact wrenches.
Bottom line? If you need something to fill up tires and balls, and maybe, occasionally, accommodate your impact wrench needs, this may be an acceptable option. Otherwise, you are going to want to decide on one of the other units on this list.
Now that you have seen what is out there in the world of air compressors for impact wrenches here are a few buying considerations that should amplify the process for you.
The bigger the tank the better! For smaller jobs, a tinier tank will be ok but for more serious work the bigger tank is going to save a lot of time.
Airflow is measured in PSI (pounds per square inch) and CFM (cubic feet per minute). You are going to want to make sure that these levels do not exceed those of the specifications of your impact wrench. When CFM LEVELS, in particular, do not coordinate well between the wrench and the compressor malfunctions and delays typically result.
Last but not least, price. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on your air compressor. As you probably noticed from our list the best units provide a combination of quality and value.
Well, there you have it. Five of the top products on the market. You have read your air compressors for impact wrenches reviews you have been given loads of helpful buying information and now you have a decision on your hands. Which of these products is right for you? While there are certainly a variety of options to choose from you might recall that we actually have a recommendation to offer.
If you want the best combination of quality and value there is no beating the Eagle EA-5000. The level of quality delivered by this unit simply isn’t matched by anything on the list.
Of course, at the end of the day, we don’t want to tell you how to spend your money. Our only goal is to make the shopping experience a little bit easier for you.
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