There are a ton of different air compressors out there and some are more popular than others, like the 6 gallon units. Since they are so popular, I decidied to take a look at some of the different models to see what the differences were and which 6 gallon compressors were the best, why they stood out, etc.
Here is my compiled list of some of the top models that I found online through research, comparisons and more research! Hope it helps, let me know what you think in the comments below.
The pancake design ensures extra stability for the PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK, helping you move it around easily and staying in place as well as being a complete solution for small light tasks, such as filling tires, cleaning jobs and framing applications, but is not adequate for more demanding tasks.
The 6-gallon capacity is a good size for most tasks, maintaining portability and functionality and the unit boasts short recovery times with 2.6 SCFM at 90 PSI. The maximum air pressure that can be obtained is 150 PSI, which will power most pneumatic tools for the majority of jobs.
A great thing about this unit is that it runs without oil, which results in less mess and practically zero maintenance costs. For a home use air compressor, the PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK does a good job, and, since it comes with an accessory kit containing 13 pieces, you will not have to purchase anything extra to use it. Noise levels are above average for an air compressor, being around 90 decibels. The model comes with a handle so that you can move it around and is in a decent location. Weighing 34 pounds, it will not be difficult to maneuver around.
The Bostitch BTFP02012 is an excellent choice if you do not want to spend a lot of money on an air compressor and you do not plan on using it frequently. The unit is very lightweight, as it weighs just 29 pounds. Its overall design is more compact compared to others, so it will be easier for you to find a permanent storage place for it and hauling it around in your vehicle will also take up less space.
A large handle allows you to carry it around with ease and is directly over the center of the compressor. The tank can hold 6 gallons of pressurized air, and it can deliver a maximum air pressure of 150 PSI, which is enough for a wide variety of light tasks.
Its oil-free operation comes in handy if you do not like getting your hands dirty and will save on oil cost and time maintaining it. It serves to know that the 2.6 SCFM at 90PSI output ensures shorter recovery times, compared to larger models. Two quick connect fittings allow you to hook up the air compressor to two different tools at the same time. Another thing to note about this model is that its high-flow regulator helps with increasing performance and the noise levels are reduced compared to other models, coming in at about 78.5 decibels.
This 6-gallon Dewalt air compressor is a good fit for small tasks, like all of the other models in the lineup and jobs that require short bursts of pressurized air are ideal. You will be able to use it for filling tires, small cleaning tasks, and operating pneumatic tools, like finishing and framing nailers. Maximum air pressure that can be achieved is 165 PSI, a bit more than what you typically see in air compressors in this category.
This means you get more air for a 6-gallon tank, and it has longer running times. The unit comes equipped with a reliable motor that can power the air compressor in cold weather, with virtually no waiting time, a big deal in most cases.
The DEWALT DWFP55126 is built for safety and convenience. A special valve will ensure that air pressure does not go over the allowed maximum 165 PSI. If air pressure reaches values below 135 PSI, the motor will kick-start, due to a built-in pressure switch. The thermal overload protection it comes equipped with prevents overheating, ensuring a longer lifespan for the unit. Maintenance free operation is guaranteed by the oil-free configuration. 75.5 decibels are the maximum noise level this air compressor can reach, which is common among its competitors. Weighing only a mere 30 pounds, it is lightweight enough to carry around with very little effort.
If you are looking for a complete compressor setup to help you with smaller tasks at home, work or wherever, the Hitachi KNT50AB may be a good fit. The combo includes the EC710S pancake compressor, the NT50AE2 brad nailer, an air hose, a pair of safety glasses and a special lubricant for pneumatic tools.
Comparable to other compressors in the category, its 6-gallon air tank can hold 150 PSI maximum air pressure. The pancake design ensures extra stability, easier mobility and more efficiency.
The air compressor allows the use of multiple tools at the same time (2 ports) and its recovery time is short, due to the 2.8 CFM at 90 PSI output. The oil-free operation cuts maintenance costs to nothing and is appealing to people who like to avoid regular maintenance.
The brad nailer is easy to operate and works with brad nails up to 2 inches. A 25-foot hybrid air hose is provided with the kit. Its design ensures durability, and the spiral configuration prevents sharp bends that can damage it. The hose works even in cold weather, and it maintains its flexibility, despite less than ideal temperature conditions. The safety goggles come as an extra and is a more than welcome addition to the kit. There is no need to buy other accessories, seeing as how the combo kit has nearly all of the important stuff right out of the box.
This California Air Tools 6010LFC air compressor is named Ultra Quiet, as its maximum sound output is 60 decibels, so working inside is possible, without causing a whole lot of disturbance. This happens due to a number of reasons but one being its high-efficiency motor that operates at 1400 RPM, thus making less noise.
The manufacturer guarantees 4,000 hours of use, which is more than what other brands offer for the same competing category of air compressors. This is also an oil-free type of motor, like the others and cuts down on maintenance and premature wear.
The dual piston pump is another asset of this air compressor. While the maximum air pressure produced is 125 PSI, the dual piston pump delivers more air than other models that use a 1.0 HP motor. The California Air Tools 6010LFC aims to strike a balance between what it can do and the level of disturbance, mainly regarding noise and maintenance. You can use this air compressor in cold weather without a problem, like many of the other models listed. The 4.00 CFM at 40 PSI and 3.00 CFM at 90 PSI outputs guarantee short recovery times, a little better than other models.