Bostitch Compact Compressor

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Bostitch
Model:
CAP1516
Price:
$180

Description

* Weight: 19.5 lbs.
* CFM (@40 PSI): 2.7
* CFM (@90 PSI): 1.8
* Horsepower: 1.5 HP (Peak), 1.1 HP (Running)
* Operating Pressure: 0-125 PSI
* Pump Style: Oil-Free
* Tank Capacity: 1.6 Gallons

WOOD magazine review

Bostitch Compact Compressor

Review Summary

The CAP1516 consistently drove twelve 18-gauge brads into trim molding at 90 psi before the compressor kicked in to replenish its 1.6-gallon air tank. To reach the low-mounted pressure gauge and regulator knob, the unit stands on its rear end. So we simply rocked it back, tweaked the pressure, and rocked it forward onto its rubber feet. The regulator turns easily but, situated in a niche in the unit’s plastic shell, provides only a fingertip grip—coarser knurling would help.
With its 116 psi max pressure, this compressor had no trouble driving brads and narrow-crown staples, nor filling tires or sports balls. Dusting off small projects and power-tool motors went well, too, but for large projects, the pressure fell off quickly and the motor ran constantly. The CAP1516 sports two carrying handles, one on the top and the other beneath the front edge. Molded cleats on the bottom of the unit make for convenient cord storage. And the tank draincock is easy to access and turns without having to break out the pliers.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

3

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