Clocking in at just under a hundred dollars, the Porter-Cable PCFP02003 is one of the cheapest pancake compressors currently on the market. But just what sacrifices have been made to get there? Read on to find out.
Considering the 100 dollar price tag, you can’t expect much power from the PCF and you don’t get much either. 135 PSI will handle tires and nail guns with ease but if you’re planning using anything more powerful, it’s important to look elsewhere.
The 120 Volt motor is ideal for cold weather operation and the compressor is equipped with quick couplers for speedy connections. Like Porter Cable compressors, recovery time is minimal.
The PCF emits 82dBA decibels which is about average for a compressor of this size. Unlike more powerful compressors, the noise levels are tolerable indoors but still not particularly enjoyable. If you’d like an even quieter compressor, I recommend the Senco PC1010.
Weighing just 26 pounds, the weight of the PCF is probably its biggest selling point. Throw in the pancake shaped tank that’s less than 20 inches wide and you have a compressor that you can easily take just about anywhere. Keep in mind however that there’s no roll cage so trips to the construction site may lead to inconvenient explosions.
Despite its low price, the PCF doesn’t feel like a cheap product and you do get the impression that it was built to last. It’s oil free, so pretty much maintenance free, and multiple customer reviews have claimed over a year of regular use without problems. It’s also worth noting that its both american made and backed by a one year limited warranty.
Unlike the C2002, the PCF doesn’t come with a single attachment. This means that unless you already own a hose, you’re going to have to buy one separately. Depending on your length requirements, you can expect to pay between ten and thirty dollars. I still think the PCF offers good value but there’s definitely an argument for spending 50 dollars extra and just getting the C2002 altogether.
Reviews of the PCF are generally positive with an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Like the C2002, the primary selling point appears to be the low price and equally low weight. The only negative reviews I can find appear to suggest that after a years use, the compressor becomes unreliable. I’m not sure how much weight to give these claims however considering there’s only 3 negative reviews compared to over 30 reviews giving four stars or more.
Overall, the PCF offers exceptional value. And if you’re set on staying under a hundred dollars, you’ll struggle to find a better purchase. 135 PSI is more than enough for x and x and what you lose in power, you gain in portability.
My only gripe is the lack of a hose. If you happen to have a spare in the garage, I think it’s the perfect purchase. If you don’t however, the C2002 is probably a smarter buy.