We all like to save money, and one way to do that is by doing work around your home yourself. If you use a lot of power tools, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy by using an air compressor.
A single-stage air compressor is usually sufficient for home use, but if you use your air tools a lot, consider a two-stage compressor. Not only does it give you more power, but it can also run continuously without having to cool down.
We have reviewed a bunch of two-stage air compressors and have chosen our top three picks. We will share the pros and cons of each so that you have the full picture of them before you purchase one.
|Top Pick||DeWalt DXCMV5076055||
|Ingersoll Rand 2340L5-V||
|Best for the Money||Industrial Air IV5076055||
The DeWalt DXCMV5076055 Two-Stage Air Compressor features a five horse-power motor with thermal overload protection that helps guard it any against voltage fluctuations that may occur. It also has a 60-gallon tank that can handle up to a maximum of 175 PSI pressure.
This two-stage air compressor has an industrial-sized cast-iron pump that provides enough pressure to handle massive jobs or multiple users. It is kept cool by a cast-iron fly-wheel with large fins, as well as cooling fans. When your motor stays cool, you don’t have to waste time waiting for it to get back to a safe temperature.
This air compressor is easy to use. There are pressure gauges attached to the outside that are easy to see and read. If your pressure is off and needs to be adjusted, the pressure regulator is easily accessible, as are the two quick-connect air outlets.
However, you’ll want to make sure you know where you want to put this air compressor, and clear a path to that spot before you start moving it. It is extremely heavy, and you won’t want to move it a second time.
You’ll also want to make sure you have some sort of ear protection available if you are going to be working very close to this compressor, as it is very loud.
The Ingersoll Rand 2340L5-V 2-Stage Air-Compressor has many of the same features as the DeWalt compressor that we talked about above. It features a 5 horsepower motor with a maximum PSI level of 175. Between the high PSI and the large 60-gallon air tank, this compressor can run continuously, making it great if you need to operate more than one air tool at a time.
There are no anti-vibration pads to put under the feet of this compressor, so it does tend to vibrate a little more than other compressors do. Although this is an easy piece of equipment to service, the hole that you use to check your oil levels is the same hole that you use to fill your oil tank. It is a small hole, and you can’t see how full it is getting. It is very easy to overfill and end up with oil all over the floor around it.
We have voted the Industrial Air IV5076055 Compressor to be the best compressor on the market for the amount of money that you will pay for it.
As with the other two compressors that we have talked about, this compressor has an electric motor with thermal overload protection to help protect it from any power surges. It also has a 60-gallon tank that can give a maximum pressure of 175 PSI, which allows more than one air tool to be used at a time. It includes a pressure gauge so that you can see exactly what your pressure level is.
The only real issues that we saw with this compressor is that the drain in the bottom is cheap and doesn’t like to open all the way, and that almost every seal leaked. The valves all needed to be cleaned up and resealed before it could be used.
We have seen many complaints that the motor doesn’t last more than a few years, and that when you do call for customer service, it is pretty much non-existent. We have not experienced this firsthand, but it is something you may want to consider in your decision-making.
Air compressors can really cut down on the amount of manual work you have to do around your home. The question is, which one is best for you? When you are searching for your perfect compressor, there are some things that you will want to keep in mind.
This compressor sits in a fixed place and doesn’t move.
Portable compressors have wheels to allow for easy mobility to take them wherever you need them.
A pancake compressor has a flat, round storage tank that is mounted below the motor.
d. Hot dog:
A hot dog compressor has a vertical standing tank that requires less floor space.
A twin-stack compressor has two horizontal tanks that are stacked one on top of the other. This will give you extra air storage without taking up extra space.
Wheelbarrow compressors have two small tanks that are on a wheeled cart for easy mobility.
The most common air compressors are electric. They are usually quieter than gasoline-powered models and don’t require as much maintenance.
If you are using an air compressor that cannot be plugged directly into a wall outlet, be sure you have a heavy-duty power cord to use instead. The small extension cords you use inside your house are not made to handle the amount of electricity that the air compressor will use.
a. Horsepower (HP):
The horsepower rating tells how much power the motor puts out.
PSI tells you how much air the tank can hold per square inch.
CFM tells you how many cubic feet per minute of air the compressor gives you at any PSI.
d. Tank size:
The tank size is directly related to the size of the job you need to do. A larger tank means you can do bigger jobs.
Most air tools have a minimum required CFM and PSI that they need to operate correctly. Make sure that you check the tools you will be using the most before you purchase your air compressor, so you can be sure the one that you get is big enough to meet your needs.
Not all tools are the same, and you never know what the requirements will be on any new tools that you purchase down the road. For this reason, we recommend increasing the minimum required CFM and PSI by 50% to give you a cushion that may be needed in the future.
Some of the more convenient features you should look for are:
a. Oil-free pump: reduces maintenance
b. Belt-drive system: quieter
c. Thermal protection: helps protect against power surges
d. Adjustable exhaust: directs exhaust away from you
e. Multiple couplers: allows the use of numerous tools without disconnecting one and connecting another
f. Included accessories and tools
It may seem like it a given that your compressor would automatically include hoses. That is not the case. Always check to see what accessories come with the compressor you want to purchase, such as:
Now that we have given you a good idea of the different kinds of air compressors there are and what to look for when you are shopping for one, let’s quickly remind you of our top three picks:
It is our hope that you now have a better feel for which two-stage compressor will best fit your needs, and that these reviews will help you make your best-educated decision.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!