Porter Cable PXCMF220VW Review – Things To Know About The 20-Gallon Portable Air Compressor

Porter Cable PXCMF220VW 20-Gallon Portable Air Compressor

If you are looking for an oilless air compressor with plenty of tank capacity, then the Porter Cable PXCMF220VW cannot be left out. Porter Cable is a well known brand and when you purchase an air compressor with the Porter Cable label on you know it is going to impress. Just take a look at the CMB15 and the C2002-WK. Both compressors have received lots of positive reviews from customers. Now let us see whether this 20-gallon unit will fit the bill.

With a 20 gallon (75.7 liters) steel air tank, the Porter Cable PXCMF220VW can be a great choice for homeowners looking for a larger, but still portable, shop compressor. If you are only using tools that use short bursts of air, the odds are it will never go empty quickly. The tank is equipped with a gauge that measures the pressure level of the air stored in the tank.

The running horsepower of the unit is 1.5 HP which is a bit higher than the Campbell Hausfeld HU502000AV, one of the most popular compressors in the class. Equipped with an induction motor, the Porter Cable single stage unit is advertised to operate at a noise level of 84 dBA. Obviously, it is not a silent air compressor. That being said, some reviewers have reported it runs pretty quiet.

Generally, induction motors are long-lived and quieter than universal motors. They also
require less amperage per horse power and therefore less heat will be generated. For this reason air compressors with induction motors can operate for extended periods of time. According to the manual, the pump of this compressor is capable of running continuously. However, it is recommended to maintain a 50%-75% average duty cycle to prolong its life. The pump should not run more than 30-45 minutes in any given hour.

The maximum pressure rating for this 120V air compressor is about 150 PSI. Air delivery at 90 PSI is 4.0 SCFM (5.0 SCFM at 40 PSIG), better than the HU502000AV that only gives you 3.8 SCFM at 90 PSI (4.8 SCFM at 40 PSI). The PXCMF220VW has plenty of punch to run small air tools that usually require between 0-5 SCFM. The cut-in pressure is 120 PSIG. A pressure switch controls the on/off cycling of the compressor automatically.

A small sized quick-connect is provided on the outlet. There is a regulator that enables you to adjust line pressure to the tool you are using. A regulated pressure gauge measures the regulated outlet pressure. The compressor is also equipped with a thermal overload switch to prevent the temperature of the electric motor from exceeding a predetermined limit.

When it comes to maintenance, the PXCMF220VW is factory lubricated for life and do not require any oil. No need for oil checks and changes. But unlike most oil-free compressors, this unit features an induction motor. Oil-lube models usually feature an induction motor. At 106 lb, the 20-gallon vertical air compressor is not light in weight. However, it has 7″ semi-pneumatic wheels for mobility.

The Porter Cable PXCMF220VW is not perfect. But if what you need is a well built air compressor that offers plenty of capacity for home maintenance, then based on the customer feedback you will be happy with this product. Dimensions for the unit in inches are 17 x 18 x 43 inches, meaning it has a relatively small footprint.

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