BOSTITCH BTFP02012-WPK 6-Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Compressor Kit

Quick Review - BOSTITCH BTFP02012-WPK Compressor Kit
  • Quiet
  • Powerful
  • Efficient
  • Versatility
4.8

Introduction

I am writing today with what I think about the Bostitch BTFP02012 compressor, which I call the “yellow pancake”. I want to tell you why the kit, specifically, is well worth your money. The compressor is mostly on par with other portable compressors, but it has a slight edge in two key areas. Also, the kit is better than buying the compressor (or any compressor) on its own (i.e. “bare”). For its type, this compressor is efficient, quiet, powerful and it’s good value to boot.

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Product Features

I don’t really have anything against most portable compressors that are in the same class as the Bostitch BTFP02012. Like most of its competitors, it’s about 30 pounds, Amazon lists its dimensions as 17 X 17 X 19.2 inches and it’s got a limited 1-year warranty. See? Pretty standard.

I’m in a solid position to distinguish between similar portable compressors because I’ve got three different models in my shop, including one of these yellow pancakes. The Bostitch has 150 max PSU, a 6.0 gallon tank and 2.6 SCFM (which is appropriate for most of the small air tools we use). My two other compressors, one is older and one is younger, have approximations of these stats. For example, I have one with a 4 gal. tank and one 3 gal. Due to the tank size difference, the Bostitch delivers longer run time (larger tanks = longer run time).

My tools work best when they’re hooked up to the Bostitch. The website says that it’s because it has a “high flow regulator and couplers” to improve the performance of your air tools. I am not sure about how this works, but I can vouch for the fact that, somehow, tools work more efficiently when hooked into this machine. This is compared to my two other portable air compressors.

Like all portable compressors, the Bostitch yellow pancake is billed as having a “long life” and not being too noisy. I am sure that that is true for most compressors, but only time can tell! Technically, my oldest compressor is the one that has proven the most long-lasting. But, so far so good with the pancake. However, one thing about most compressors is they can get louder with age. Out of my three compressors I am happy to report that it’s the Bostitch that is the quietest!

The quietness and efficiency (long run time) are the two key areas where I think the Bostitch BTFP02012 definitely distinguishes itself. This is based on my experience and expertise with having worked with air tools and compressors for 15 years. It’s powerful enough for most home use and even some industrial. Like, for example, I’ve used mine to fire nails into the fence I built over the summer. Add power to the list of pluses! If you’re looking at industrial-type use only, however, you need a larger machine (like a 60 gallon or something big like that).

If you’re looking at the Bostitch and you’re a DYI’er, then I recommend you get the whole premium kit. It comes with a 50 ft. ¼ ” hose and all the tools you’ll need. Just the compressor or the compressor kit with all the fixings were listed at a decent price, especially with the perks that come with owning a yellow pancake.

Pros

  • Runs quiet
  • Electric, so you can use indoors
  • Can use for a variety of small jobs, and small versions of big industrial jobs!
  • Versatility
  • 6 gallon tank means longer run time

Cons

  • Electric comes at the cost of a bit of power and loss of flexibility (need an outlet)

Conclusion

If you’re in the market for a portable air compressor for jobs at home, the Bostitch BTFP02012 delivers what you need. Anywhere from driving nails and painting to inflating tires and cleaning nooks and crannies, this yellow pancake compressor works efficiently, quietly and comes at a great value. It’s versatile! In a market where sticking out is the norm, Bostitch manufactured something that provides a competitive edge. Get this compressor, or buy stock in the company, at least. This is just the humble opinion of a fellow consumer. Do your research! And, always check the specs on all tools you want to run off your compressor to determine which compressor is right for your needs. We think this ranks as one of the best pancake compressor products.

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