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Best Air Compressor for Framing Nailer 2022

Best Air Compressor for Framing Nailer

Finding the right air compressor for your framing nailer can be a challenge. 4-6 gallon size is best for framing nailers which require more air pressure. Here is our list of recommended air compressors:

1. CRAFTSMAN Air Compressor, 6 gallon, Pancake, Oil-Free with 13 Piece Accessory Kit

The Craftsman 6 gallon air compressor features an oil-free pump for maintenance-free operation and a long life. It is lightweight and portable at 30lbs, and features a long runtime and quick recovery.


This pump was set up and running in under 5 minutes. It comes with the air release valve on the bottom side of the tank in the open position so close it before starting for the first time. I did not hear the air escaping when I started the pump and thought it was defective at first. Once I had the air release valve closed it was up to pressure for use in about 3-5 minutes. I live in a four season climate and airing up or down the tires is nonstop. This will make my life much easier.

Ratings: 4.8 our of 5 on Amazon

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2. DEWALT Pancake Air Compressor, 6 Gallon, 165 PSI

DEWALT DWFP55126 6 Gal 165 PSI Pancake Compressor features a high efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather or extension cord application. [14 ga or larger, 50 ft. (15.2 m) or less]. It also offers a 165 max PSI 6.0 gallon tank (22.7 L) and 2.6 SCFM delivered at 90 PSI pump, which enables long tool run time with quick recovery. The high flow regulator and couplers maximize air tool performance, and a long life oil free pump for maintenance free operation. This unit offers a soft 75.5 dBA noise level for a quiet work setting. A console cover protects controls and is removable to allow easy repair. This unit also features 2 universal couplers to easily support two users, and a ball drain valve for quick & thorough tank draining. It has protective rubber leg covers to prevent marring. It has a convenient cord wrap for easy storage, and its 30 lb weight makes it quite easy to carry/store. Please confirm that the drain valve is fully closed before using the compressor.


This compressor is being used mostly to run some nail guns and maybe air up an occasional tire on lawn equipment. A lot easier than running hoses to our 80 gallon 220V compressor and waiting for that to pump up. Checked it out real good when it arrived knowing that some other reviews had issues with damage. Ours got here in one piece with nothing broken thankfully. I like the sturdy handle on top to carry it. Weighs 30 pounds. Pretty light. Also has a place to wrap the power cord to keep it out of the way. Three feet on the bottom have a rubber cover to keep the noise level down.

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3. BOSTITCH Pancake Air Compressor, Oil-Free, 6 Gallon, 150 PSI

The Bostitch BTFP02012 6 Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Compressor is portable and lightweight. It features an oil-free, maintenance-free pump that delivers 2.6 SCFM* @ 90PSI and a maximum tank storage of 150 PSI for long tool run time with quick recovery. The 78.5 DBA** rating is ideal for a quiet work environment. It has a BOSTITCH high efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather or extension cord application [14 ga or larger, 50 ft. (15.2 m) or less]. BOSTITCH high flow regulator and couplers to maximize air tool performance. It has two universal couplers to easily support two users. At only 29 lbs weight, this unit is easy to carry and store. Specs: Max Tank Storage PSI = 150, Electric Power Supply, Oil-Free pump, SCFM @ 90 PSI = 2.6, Tank Size = 6-gallon.


Love this compressor! Worked great for recent fence project! Easy to move and had no issues at all! I am so glad that I purchased this and would highly recommend it for framing nail gun or any other projects you may need it for around the house!

4. PORTER-CABLE C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor with 13-Piece Accessory Kit

PORTER+CABLE Pancake Compressor is constructed with a pancake style tank for optimal stability, water drain valve, rubber feet and a 150 PSI. The higher pressure design provides longer air tool performance and features a 2.6 SCFM at 90 PSI allowing for a quick recovery time. Includes an oil free pump for no maintenance, low AMP 120V motor easily starting in cold weather or with extension cord, upgraded shroud with hand and console cover protecting vital components. Made for easy transporting and contains cord wrap with a 6 gallon capacity. Product includes a one year limited warranty on compressor components and a 13 piece accessory kit.


The value was exceptional! The exact unit was twice the price at Home Depot and without the accessory kit! Great little compressor and great price! I am a little late in writing my review, but that being said I am a contractor and I have been using it for 2 years now and it still works like new. It doesn’t look like new, but it is very reliable!


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