Last Update: 10 Jan 2021

Bostitch Pancake Compressor Review

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Bostitch brings you a cute pancake shape oil-free air compressor. Though the size may fool you, this compressor can generate some heavy kick. It has a 6-gallon capacity which leads to the generation of up to 150 psi pressure within a little over two minutes. The HP on this one is relatively lower than conventional portable compressors. Around 0.8 HP. But the motor is highly efficient, kickstarts fast even in cold weather.

This pancake shape air compressor is easy to carry around the house. It’s oil-free, needs low maintenance, and noise generation is well within guideline values.

Read the Bostitch pancake compressor review further to unveil more of its brilliant features.

Bostitch Pancake Compressor Review at Glance

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

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

Highly Efficient Pump

The pancake shape air compressor pump runs on regular electricity. It can deliver 2.6 SCFM (Standard cubic feet per minute) @ 90 psi pressure. The tank capacity is 6 gallons and a full tank pressure is around 150 psi. At 90 psi, the pump can run for long hauls and recover quickly.

The motor efficiency comes in handy when working in cold weather or used in extended chord applications (14 ga or larger, 50 ft. (15.2m) or less). Typically for extension chords, the power output drops quite a bit. Also, it takes longer to reach peak output SCFM. But the Bostitch compressor reaches a peak in just a little over two minutes. Also, it maintains the pressure for longers durations, making it all the more convenient.

Enhanced Flow Regulation

This Bostitch air compressor pump can generate up to 150 psi power with a peak HP of 0.8. The capacity of the pump may be a bit low, 6-gallons only, but the overall power output is consistent. All this is controlled by a high-flow pressure regulator.

This regulator controls and channels the required volume smoothly into your work apparatus. A high stream controller gives more air to the instrument when required for difficult tasks. It’s able to channel output of 2.6 SCFM @ 90 psi consistent pressure. High flow regulator and couplers maximize air tool performance.

The Pancake Cylinder

The compressor has a unique pancake-shaped cylinder to store and discharge air. It’s not the most convenient of design but looks good nonetheless. The storage capacity may seem low, but the tank can withstand 150 psi pressure easily.

The design is well integrated. Tank stands on three legs with the compressor and motor on top. Pneumatic pads withstand working vibration well so the compressor doesn’t shift from the place. Also, the pancake shape widens the horizontal space coverage and minimizes vertical extension. The overall height is less than two feet. So the stability is increased. The compressor can be stored under low furniture. Easy to store under beds and workbenches.

Oil-Free Forever

This electric air compressor features an oil-free design. That means no more slippery mess. No more stained floors. Pumps using oil may seem to run smooth but over time, they accumulate dust and dirt and may leave some nasty stains on your floor or clothes. Also, some people cannot stand the smell of machine oils. It’s a great choice for them. Even though it doesn’t have oiled mechanisms, it kickstarts pretty fast. Even while working in the cold weather or with an extension cord.

Noise Free

It’s a small air compressor, so the sound it generates is also low. Measuring devices show a 78.5 DB sound generation which is well within noise standards. A quieter environment will help you concentrate on your works and minimize distractions. Won’t disturb others while you’re in a long haul. An excellent choice if you suffer from migraines or other similar problems that may worsen with noise.


The pancake shape makes it overall low-profile and lightweight. Weighs only about 31 pounds. Can be easily carried anywhere around the house, outdoors, or construction sites. Also easy to drag around since the resistance is pretty low.

Low Maintenance

The Bostitch pancake compressor has a simple and oil-free design. Since it’s oil-free, the possibility of the internal components jamming is minimum. Or at least they’re designed to be. No special maintenance treatment is necessary for this one. Just do your job and occasionally give it a casual clean for the best results.

Oiled pumps may seem to run smoothly, but oil accumulates dust, and overtime jams the internal components. Also, they get dirtier much quicker, tend to leave nasty stains everywhere they go. And cleaning oiled pumps is a hassle itself.

Operation and Maintenance

These pumps have low capacity, but a greater kick. They’re easy to carry, install, and operate. No additional geeking needed. Just plug and play kind of thing. Two air gauge dials show the pressure you’re getting. The on-board controls offer brisk control to high stream controller, tank and instrument pressure gauges, speedy interface air outlet, and on/off switch for ease of access. All you need is a sufficient power source.

Usage and Performance

The Bostitch 6-gallon electric air compressor is a convenient air blower that conveys up to 150 PSI greatest working weight for longer air apparatus run times. An excellent choice for DIY projects, experts, or contractual workers. This industry-driving air blower is ideal for high utilization air apparatuses, tire inflating, pneumatic nailers, paint sprayers, airbrushing, roof nailing, bolting, framing nailing, sanders, abrasive blasters, and many more.

Lightweight, easy to carry around, oil-free, and noise-free. Such a tool boosts performance and output for project works. As for household works, simple and efficient.

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Final Verdict

The Bostitch pancake air compressor is a reliable, durable, small electric pump. As the name suggests, the cylinder looks like a pancake. Compared to other compressors in the market, it has a lower capacity and HP. But it generates a constant pressure which is great at that price. Furthermore, it’s easy to carry around, makes less noise, and completely free of oil. This compressor was designed to work for a long time with minimum maintenance. Get jobs done without inconveniences.

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