Clocking in at just under 80 dollars, the Campbell Hausfield is a budget air compressor designed for small jobs. In the past, I’ve had pretty bad experiences with sub $100 compressors but I was pleasantly surprised with the FP209499. Is it the best budget air compressor on the market? Read on to find out.
The first thing that you should understand about the FP209499 is that it’s designed exclusively for light tasks. If you want a compressor for tires or nail guns, it does the job perfectly, albeit a little slowly. If you’re looking to power an x or x, increase your budget and look elsewhere.
Maximum power is approximately 110 PSI and to reach this, you need a charge of approximately 6 minutes. For nail gun use, this means you can get approximately 40 nails and then charge it again in the time it takes you to have a coffee.
The primary selling point of the FP209499 is its price. That’s not the only perk however. Thanks to its admittedly meagre specs, it’s also lightweight and therefore very portable. At just under 19 pounds, it can easily be moved from A to B without the need for wheels or a trailer.
The tank itself appears well built and provided its well maintained, it’s likely to last a number of years. The recoil hose however is one of the worst that I’ve ever seen. They’re not expensive to replace so it’s not necessarily a deal breaker but I still question the manufacturers motives here. The rest of the accessories are of a much higher standard.
Speaking of accessories, there’s a generous selection considering the modest price tag. And other than the aforementioned recoil hose, I’ve been happy with the rest of them. The exact accessories are:
• A blow gun
• Two male plugs
• A female coupler
• Two inflation needles
• An inflation adapter
• A tapered inflation nozzle.
• An air chuck
• PTFE tape
Quite a few customer reviews complained about excessive noise levels and I can confirm that the FP209499 certainly isn’t quiet. In saying that however, we’re only talking about ten percent louder than $100 plus models. I think that most of the noise complaints arise from people who have never owned a compressor before. And I can speak from experience when I say that the first compressor you purchase is always going to seem loud regardless of the model.
Customer reviews for the Hausfield are mixed. 39 people rated the product 5 stars. Another 40 however, gave it 2 stars or less. Judging from the content of the actual reviews however, I think that the primary problem is with the customers, not the product.
This is a budget air compressor that’s simply not designed for heavy use. Expect more than that and expect to be disappointed.
In conclusion, if you’re after a cheap air compressor to handle minor jobs, the Hausfield certainly has a lot going for it. It’s not perfect but it’s certainly better than most compressors at this price point. Provided you understand just what this compressor can and cannot do, I think it makes for a great budget friendly purchase.