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Great for small jobs around the home and comes with a great accessory kit for all the different types of uses you might have.


Is not meant for heavy-duty or contractor grade projects.


Does a wonderful job for the price on home projects of all types; it's a great investment you will use for many years.

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Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor from Porter-Cable
Porter Cable Pancake Compressor Review
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Porter-Cable Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor Is a Handy Gadget to Have at Home

There may be a time when you need a portable air compressor around the home. We use ours for blowing up the inflatable pool for the kids, bike tires and similar tasks. But sometimes I wish we had one just slightly more capacity than our existing version but that doesn’t take up a lot of space in the already crowded garage.

There are times when we could use a bigger one around the house but I do not want to spend a great deal of money on a tool that will collect dust most of the year.  As I was searching online, I came across the Porter-Cable C202-WK pancake compressor.  One of the things I like about it is that it is one of the pancake type compressors which means it will not take up a great deal of room when it is being stored. 

The other aspect of this compressor that I really liked was the fact that it costs just over a hundred and fifty dollars.  This is well worth it and I know that when we need it this compressor will pay for itself even if it is not put to regular use.  The fact that it comes with all the free accessories is just icing on the cake.  Even if we just use it to put air in the soccer balls for our kid’s soccer team, it is doing a job that we do not have to do manually and I would use it for that, too.

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Product Features

  • Maximum of 150 Pounds per Square Inch
  • Lower PSI for Smaller Jobs
  • Every Comes Ready to Use
  • Lightweight Construction
  • Compact

I really like the fact that this compressor is so lightweight and that it is totally portable.  I can put it in the trunk of my car for when we go to soccer practice and we need some quick air.  I may actually keep this in my trunk just in case a tire loses air while I am transporting around all the children.  One of my biggest fears is being stuck on the side of the road and not being able to do anything about it.

Reasons to Love This Compressor

Other than the lightweight portability and the price, there are other reasons to love this compressor and to make the decision to purchase one.  It comes with all the accessories that I will need to air up just about anything around the house.  I can blow up the air mattress when we have overnight guests or when the girls are having a slumber party.  It would probably blow up all the balloons for birthday parties in no time at all, when I think about it.  I know I will find other uses for it when it comes in and I am looking forward to seeing all the things I can do with it.

What This Compressor Will Not Do

This is not a compressor that is made for contractors or those who need to have a heavy-duty machine.  It can overheat and shut down if it is used for long periods of time so while it will work with a nail gun, it is not intended for long term use in this capacity.  This is more of a home use compressor for making repairs or tackling other chores that would need a compressor to complete.  So, before you decide to buy this for your contracting company, you should rethink the decision and get a higher powered one that can handle the task.

What Others Say

Flying V says, “The best reason of all - lightweight (34 lbs.) but still has punch. You will actually use this w/o hesitation because of weight. Great for running up stairs. Easy to set down on a moving pad w/o too much worry about denting finished flooring. Easy to move through doorways/prevent damaged jambs. No oily residue around motor. Start-up is circuit breaker friendly. Small footprint/low profile, (a real asset when carrying so many tools).”
J.Reidy says, “This is a compressor slated for light use by homeowners. I knew it wasn't contractor grade, but I'm not trying to frame a house.”


After checking out all the aspects of this compressor, I made the decision to purchase it not just for my husband but for the entire family as I think we can all get some use out of it.  There is so much versatility to the Porter-Cable C2002-WK Oil-Free UMC Pancake Compressor that it just makes sense.  For those who need something bigger, do not waste your time or money on this little beauty.

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2012, 9:16 am
Reviewed by Lisa Mason
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Admin I bought this compressor for a home renovation job - specifically to use a brad nailer for installing trim.

The compressor is very light and easy to maneuver around. There is slight air leakage on the connectors for the included extension hose but not enough to impact the functionality.

I have lent this unit out to friends and family and they all comment on how easy it is to setup and get working with.

Now I use it for cleaning up the garage, managing air pressures in the car tires, and minor building projects that require a brad nailer to complete.

Overall I would have to say for the money you can't beat this compressor a definite must have for any weekend warrior!
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