Porter cable c2002-wk review

Porter-Cable C2002-WK Pancake Compressor Product Review

Porter-Cable is providing quality power tools for the professional woodworker and tradesman since 1906. The company features products which are engineered to deliver high quality.

Its C2002-WK pancake compressor is a mid-range air compressor that easily handles all the household jobs that are expected from a medium powered air compressor. This 6 gallon air compressor can be used for air brushing, blow cleaning, finish nailing, bolting, framing nailing, hobby painting, inflation, spraying among other applications depending upon the accessories used.

Technical Specifications:

Cut-Out Max 150 psi
Tank Size 6 gallon
Cut-In Restart 120 psi
Air Delivery @ 40 psi ISO1217 3.5 SCFM
Air Delivery @ 90 psi ISO1217 2.6 SCFM
Running Horsepower 0.8 HP
Voltage 120V
Amps 10 Amps
Pump Lubrication Oil Free Pump Design
Decibel ISO3744 82 dBA
Regulator Yes
Gauges 2
Quick Connect Couplers 2
Product Weight 30 lbs
Shipping Weight 34 lbs

Porter- Cable C2002-WK pancake compressor is an update to its former product C2002. Porter- Cable C2002-WK features a 13 piece accessory kit for a variety of inflation and cleaning task.

I Got an Air Compressor

Using the Porter Cable 150 psi air compressor and nailer

Pancake compressors are small and portable air compressors

They are used for household jobs and some commercial jobs where a small volume of compressed air is sufficient to perform the required task. These compressors feature an air storage tank that is shaped like a pancake – oval and flat, thus the name “Pancake compressor”.

Porter-Cable C2002-WK pancake compressor is an oil-free compressor meaning the compressor oil is sealed inside the unit. The product features a red, oval-shaped air tank above which compressor tools are fitted along with the console.

The important parts of the machinery are protected by the upgraded shroud and console cover. Two gauges are mounted on the top to indicate the pressure of tank and tool at a glance. The upper part of this product comes in black color which makes the overall red-black appearance appealing if not impressive. However, an air compressor is valued based on its functionality rather than its appearance.

In this department, Porter-Cable C2002-WK boasts of air tank size of 6 gallons and pressure of 150 psi (pounds per square inch). The specified maximum air pressure of 150 psi stores more air in the tank, allowing tools to run for a longer time. The tank is made of steel and includes water drain valve. Rubber feet are provided at the bottom for stability.

The unit features Porter- Cable high efficiency motor of power of 0.8hp and rating of 120 volts. The noise made by the unit is rated at 82 dBA, a little louder compared to its competitors. Two regulated air couplers come pre-installed to allow ease of use for two users.

The power rating of 120V enables you to use the compressor with standard household current. C2002-WK pancake compressor comes with 13 piece accessory kit. The kit includes: an air hose with coupler and plug assembled, a blow gun with plug, tire chuck with plug, tire gauge, blow gun with safety nozzle, rubber tip and three inflator adaptors. The entire assembly weighs just 30 lb.

Many users found the C2002-WK pancake compressor to be truly comfortable

This is due to its size and lack of sharp corners. It also comes with 25 foot × ¼ inch light weight hose that suits its portability. But the portability comes with the obvious price; durability. The product’s air capacity of 6 gallons is good considering the price and portability.

Some users have complained about the failure of machine during application. Some users assume the problem to be caused by plastic piece used in the regulator. However, the problem occurs mainly due to water trapping. You need to break-in the compressor before using it.

The procedure is quite simple and is provided in the online user manual. Once the breaking-in is done, the device functions normally. Regular water-draining must be done to keep the compressor functional for years to come.

A major advantage of Porter-Cable’s C2002-WK pancake compressor is that it remains unaffected by cold and thus works even in winter when oil-lubed air compressors give up.Compressor has quick recovery time of 2.6 SCFM (Standard Cubic Feet Per Minute) at 90 psi.

Also the air couplers provide easy access for two tools to be used at the same time; an advantage to keep in mind. The noise can be side-tracked when the power delivered by the compressor is considered. The Porter-Cable’s C2002-WK compressor is quieter than 1 gallon Campbell Haus compressor.

The extra accessories included with product make it less expensive than the standard C2002 compressor. The product comes with Porter- Cable three year limited warranty.

Overall, Porter-Cable’s C2002-WK pancake compressor is a value for money.


  • Easy to store
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to carry (portable)
  • Lightweight
  • Value for money
  • Can be used by two users at the same time
  • Upgraded shroud provides better protections
  • Comes with 13 piece accessory kit
  • Long life, oil-free, low maintenance pump
  • Easy start up in cold weather
  • Water drain valve included with unit
  • Good for household use
  • Air coupler and plug are pre-installed on air hose
  • Quick recovery time


  • Noise
  • Need to break-in before use
  • Not suitable for power-hungry commercial applications.
  • Durability


This product is a great choice if you are planning to do small tasks in your house. C2002-WK will meet your expectations. However, keep in mind that this is a product in mid-range segment. Therefore if you want the best quality you will have to increase your budget. Better quality comes at better price. That said, Porter-Cable’s C2002-WK pancake compressor is among the best in its category. When it comes to power delivery and quality, there are many other compressors which deliver greater power and superior quality at a higher price range. Keeping that in mind, I would rate this product 7 on the scale of 10. The C2002-WK is a good choice for household use but not suitable for power hungry commercial applications.

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