Some of the better air compressors are right in that 200 - 300 dollar range and I thought that doing a little research into which ones under $300 were best would be a great article and could shed some light on some of the different air compressors out there.
I compiled some of the best air compressors under the $300 mark into this article and listed them below to help out anyone who may be looking at one for themselves. I hope it helps. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
The Makita MAC700 Big Bore Air Compressor comes equipped with a cast iron pump cylinder and piston, which is engineered by Makita for faster recovery times, less noise, increased compression, better work performance and higher output.
This air compressor is a great choice for tough site environments because it delivers industrial strength and power. The MAC700 runs at just 1,720 RPM, which results in improved motor and pump life.
The low AMP draw leads to better output and less noise. It is also the very reliable because the low AMP draw decreases any incidents of voltage drops and tripped breakers.
There are several advantages to choosing the Makita MAC700 Big Bore 2.0 HP Air Compressor and one of them is convenience. You can easily access the oil sight glass and oil drain for cleaning and maintenance purposes. What makes the air compressor very efficient is its amazing motor. The MAC700 air compressor is powered by a 2.0 HP motor. The cast iron pump cylinder is engineered by Makita for better durability under harsh job conditions. This air compressor comes equipped with an oil-lubricated pump and an automotive style filter for higher efficiency and greater air intake.
The low AMP draw also prevents premature failure of motor. The roll bar handle of the MAC700 provides additional protection and portability. In addition to this, the MAC700 has a tank drain valve, and finned discharge tubing for allowing the compressor to cool quickly and dissipate heat faster. This compressor is designed for high output, low maintenance and low noise. Makita is quite committed to produce best-in-class products and the MAC700 is just one example. This air compressor comes with a 1 year warranty and has an easy replacement policy of on top of that.
The producer ‘Rolair’ makes several kinds of products from stationary air compressors to portable air compressors. Their products are not just reliable but also some of the best when it comes to quality and price.
Currently, the Rolair JC 10 Oil-Less Compressor is arguably the best compressor in the market when it comes to noise. The JC10 compressor produces around 60 decibels when running. The JC10 compressor is powered by a 115 volt, 60 hertz motor to drive the pump. The motor draws just 8 AMPs and it enables the user to use a standard 15-AMP outlet.
This compressor is very reliable, very quiet and is highly portable. While testing this compressor, we noted that it is a little heavier than some of the other models. This oil-less compressor comes in a double box packaging, for unharmed and safe delivery. The JC10 may be heavy but it is still quite portable. The compressor runs at around 1725 RPM, which results in better pump life as well as a longer motor life. Also, the low oil design of the compressor decreases downtime and money spent in repair and maintenance.
Aluminum is primarily the material that is used throughout the construction of this compressor. The JC10 oil-less compressor is equipped with a solenoid, motor and air tank. The solenoid checks the valve assembly. The air tank and motor are easily accessible, which makes the service and maintenance of the compressor an easy thing to do. The JC10 may not be as small or as compact as other compressors in the market but it is super quiet and efficient and a strong contender.
The DEWALT DWFP55130 Compressor is equipped with a 200 psi and 2.5 gallon max tank. This compressor delivers 3.0 scfm at 90 psi, according to the test done.
The power enables the compressor to fire a lot of nails with an impressively fast recovery time. The oil-free and durable pump offers continuous and long life operation, without any problems and nearly eliminates regular maintenance.
DEWALT has designed the compressor to have a pretty low operating noise level (around 71 decibels). We all know that job sites can be extremely loud and noisy especially if you are doing interior trim work so this is a nice choice to cut some of that down.
The 200 PSI Quiet Trim Compressor is powered with an efficient motor that draws 12 amps, preventing the possibility of voltage drops and tripped breakers and providing an easier start-up. The compressor, weighs only 36 pounds and is just 14 inches wide and has a portable and compact design to it. The roll cage design of the DEWALT DWFP55130 creates a comfortable and convenient handle for improved protection, storage, and transportation. The compressor’s tank has a ball drain valve for tank draining and a shroud with cord wrap for better storage.
The pump recharges the 2.5 gallon tank at 3.0 scfm, which is 15% faster than most conventional compressors. The higher pressure of the tank (200 max psi) offers more air, enabling the compressor to do more work. In addition, the compressor starts recharging the tank when the tank pressure falls below 165 psi, making sure that users would not run out of air. For easy startup, the motor is designed with high torque, enabling the compressor to start below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
The California Air Tools CAT-4620AC is undoubtedly one of the quietest air compressors on the market today. The producer ‘California Air Tools’ is popular in the industry for making ultra quiet and super-efficient air compressors and the 4620AC Ultra Quiet & Oil-Free Air Compressor is one such compressor that produces only 70 decibels of sound when in operation.
This compressor is powered by a "New" 2.0 HP (SP-9421) motor that operates at just 1680 RPMs, reducing noise and wear. Further, the new SP Series of Ultra Quiet Air Compressor Motors have been engineered by the producer to allow for longer run times and increased duty cycles.
Another advantage of the CAT-4620AC air compressor is the oil-free dual piston pump system, which is designed for more durability and better performance. The Oil-Free Dual Piston pump of this air compressor is designed to have a long life cycle – around 3000 hours and up – whereas most other air compressors have life cycles of 500 hours or less. An oil-free pump means easy cleaning, no problems, less maintenance and higher performance. The oil-free pump enables you to use the compressor in different temperatures, making cold starts easier and in uneven terrains (when there is no oil in the pump.)
In addition to all this, the CAT-4620AC air compressor has the Easy Start Valve feature that uses less starting AMPs and enables an easier start up. To allow a no-load condition, the Easy Start Valve of the compressor discharges only a small amount of air from the pump. This feature enables the motor to spin more freely. In cold temperatures, the no-load start up needs less amps . The aluminum air tank is around 4.6 gallon and weighs just 67.2 pounds, making it easy for the user to carry it around the job site.
The Rolair FC2002 2 HP Twin Stack Compressor is arguably the best performing compressor in the industry today. This compressor understands user’s demands and is designed to fulfill them.
The Rolair FC2002 features a 4.3 gallon capacity tank and a cast-iron cylinder. The Rolair FC2002 also has the capacity to pump out 4.1 CFM at 90 PSI, one of the better ratings in this area than the other competitors.
Further, the Rolair FC2002 is great for transportation as it weighs roughly 65 pounds. This compressor, in comparison to other cheaper units, is rated higher for its continuous duty design. In addition, the Twin Stack Compressor stays cool most of the time because of its copper tubing, which dissipates heat fast. Another advantage of this compressor is that it does not lose pressure quickly.
As for durability, the products by Rolair go through a number of stringent tests, both in the field and in the factory, before releasing to the common public. The products are tested for voltage, air leaks, RPM on gas models, working pressure levels, amp draw, and compression. You can expect to see a warranty of 1 year as well. The FC2002 2 HP Twin Stack Compressor is also in the mid price range for the category and a strong contender.