Powermate Vx PLA4708065 80-Gallon Electric Air Compressor

Quick Review - Powermate Vx PLA4708065 80-Gallon Electric Air Compressor
  • Value
  • Powerful
  • Reliable
  • Quiet


I decided to buy an air compressor and I was ready to drop the necessary coin. Ultimately, the Powermate Vx 80-Gallon Electric was my choice.  But let me tell ya, the “Check Out” was the easy part, especially because this Powermate 80-Gallon is fairly priced.  I did my due diligence, and I’m guessing you’re reading this in an effort to do the same.  I’m here to help you fill in the blanks. When it comes to recommending the Powermate 80-Gallon, I’m ready to stand by my choice. Here’s why.

Best 80 gallon air compressor

Product Features

Before the age of the iPhone and the Android, we had tube TVs, Tim Allen, and Tool Time.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you’ve probably never used an air compressor to blow a “little sissy flower pattern” off your wife’s favourite dishes.  Ah, Tim, I feel your pain.  “More Power!”

So –

You’re gonna want an air compressor that is powerful enough to suit your needs, and worth a long-term commitment.  The Powermate is a vertical, stationary air compressor – the kind you plunk down lovingly in an accessible corner of the shop and nickname “Old Reliable”, because it ain’t going anywhere anytime soon.

This 77” cast-iron and steel machine weighs an impressive 354 pounds.  It is durable. Tool manufacturers love to brag on their “built to last” equipment, but you best remember they mean it, in this case.  I expect my Powermate 80-Gallon to last me two or three decades, which, incidentally, is about as long as I’ve had my wife and her dishes.

This compressor delivers up to 155 PSI, with an electric 4.7 HP engine.  You can expect 14 CFMs with 90 PSI.  I use my Powermate with several different tools, sometimes several tools at once (insert Tim Allen joke here!), and this was a factor in my decision to buy it.  Hey I could’ve gone with something less powerful.  But there’s no way I’m going to tax my machine to the point where I am paying more for maintenance and repair than I paid for the machine itself.  Sure I also could have chosen a or a gas-powered machine, but electricity is a better option than gas in the long view since I am keeping this machine stationary, and an electric-powered motor means easier maintenance for yours truly.  Basically, this machine is the Goldilocks of shop-based stationary options. It’s just right. *Keep in mind that some specialty tools may require even higher CFMs to run concurrently with other basic tools.  Then you need to look at some industrial options.


  • Powerful, with 15 amp motor delivering up to 155 PSI
  • Long run times, consistent air supply
  • Large capacity
  • Durable, built to last – cast iron crankcase and cylinder body – oil-lubricated pump
  • Electric – requires less maintenance than an oil-fueled model
  • Runs cool and relatively quietly, considering its large capacity
  • Well-priced


  • Single-stage compression means less available power than dual-stage – depends on your needs, tools being used
  • Very heavy piece of equipment, requires muscle and planning to move
  • 220-Volt cord not provided

Best 80 Gallon Air Compressor Conclusion

Because you’re buying a large and essential piece of equipment, you need to know that this air compressor has sufficient capacity to meet your needs.  This compressor will have what you want in a stationary, electric compressor, because it has the big tank, the consistent air supply, the reliable mechanisms and the durable materials that most air-powered tools call for.  This is a high-quality, no-nonsense piece of equipment at a modest price, proven and approved by small-business owners, shop owners, and yes, ‘90s-era home improvement television show hosts.  Remember that you need an electrician to help with installation if you want to take advantage of the warranty.



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