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Offline SAB

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Porter Cable 6 gal compressor vs Dewalt 6 gal compressor
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:50 PM »
Anyone have any experience or thoughts about using a Porter Cable 6 gal 150 psi compressor compared to the Dewalt 6 gal 165 psi compressor? For the purge valve, the Dewalt has a ball valve, the Porter Cables has the reverse threaded nut valve.


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Offline travisj

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Re: Porter Cable 6 gal compressor vs Dewalt 6 gal compressor
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2018, 01:35 PM »
I do not have experience with either compressor.  Since Porter Cable and DeWalt are the same company, I would look at parts diagrams and cross reference the two to see where any real differences are.  I don’t know enough about air systems to know if the ball valve is superior to the other style or not.

I do have an older 30 gallon 150PSI Craftsman and it has performed flawlessly for the 15 or so years I have owned it.  It was made by DeWalt for Sears.


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Offline CADru

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Re: Porter Cable 6 gal compressor vs Dewalt 6 gal compressor
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2018, 06:37 PM »
Anyone have any experience or thoughts about using a Porter Cable 6 gal 150 psi compressor compared to the Dewalt 6 gal 165 psi compressor? For the purge valve, the Dewalt has a ball valve, the Porter Cables has the reverse threaded nut valve.
That purge valve on the PC Pancake 6 gal 150 PSI is a pain IMO. If it seizes up you'll be reaching for pliers. Ball valve is the way to go. Another comment on that PC compressor is that it is crazy noisy! If same as the one I got rid of a year ago and switched over to Makita compressors. Which I am very happy with, super quite and they perform for what I need. I own the MAC2400 (heavy) and the AC001 for trim work. Both these are very quite machines.

Offline CADru

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Re: Porter Cable 6 gal compressor vs Dewalt 6 gal compressor
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2018, 06:53 PM »
FWIW I also drained the stock oil from my Makita Big Bore MAC2400 and replaced with Royal Purple Synfilm Recip. 100 air compressor oil to promote easy starts in cold weather as well as the other performance advantages.

Offline SAB

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Re: Porter Cable 6 gal compressor vs Dewalt 6 gal compressor
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2018, 09:58 PM »
Good information. Much appreciated.
Makita is a good lead. (They came out with a dynamite drywall saw. It catches the dust for small work or you can hook up a HEPA vac to it.)

I am looking for something small enough to take on the job. But not so large that it dances across the porch before the breaker blows... If I cannot get the truck close enough.