Porter-Cable PCFP02003 Review

By Thomas Haugen / December 20, 2016
Porter-Cable PCFP02003 review

The Porter-Cable PCFP02003 3.5 Gallon 135 PSI Pancake Compressor is a portable air compressor that is versatile and powerful. It is a one-stop solution for those looking for a small and compact air compressor to be used around the house, in a home workshop or even for a light-duty auto repair business. Read on to understand the machine better.

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Technical specifications of the Porter-Cable PCFP02003 Air Compressor :

  • Model – Porter-Cable PCFP02003
  • Origin – USA
  • Maximum Pressure – 135 PSI
  • Running Horsepower – 8 HP
  • Tank Size – 3.5 Gallon
  • Pump – Oil-free pump
  • Output at 40 PSI – 3.0 SCFM
  • Output at 90 PSI – 2.0 SCFM
  • Voltage – 120 V
  • Power Source – Electric
  • Amperage Capacity – 10 A
  • Gauges – x2 (1 indicating outlet pressure and 1 indicating stored pressure)
  • Quick Connectors – x1
  • Product Weight – 26 lbs
  • Dimension – 18.5 inches (height) x 17.25 inches (width) x 18.25 inches (depth)

Main features of the Porter-Cable PCFP02003:

  1. Portability – The Porter-Cable PCFP02003 weighs only 26 lbs which allows easy portability. Its light weight gives users the liberty of moving it from one place to another without much effort. The machine comes in a small size which takes up very little storage space.
  2. Low maintenance – The pump fitted to the compressor is based on an oil-free design. Hence, the unit does not require much maintenance, besides the need to drain the tank completely to get rid of condensation which can lead to corrosion.
  3. Dual outlet – The 135 PSI Air Compressor comes with a dual outlet. This gives users the convenience of connecting two air tools to the air compressor at the same time.
  4. User-friendly – The machine is easy to use and handle, thanks to the large gouges with clear markings and the large regulator adjuster fitted to it. The two gouges respectively indicate the outlet pressure and the stored pressure.

The PROS of the Porter-Cable PCFP02003:

  • Just like the way it sounds, the Porter Cable Pancake Air Compressor is a compact, lightweight and portable air compressor that can be moved from one place to another with ease. You will even be able to take it along with you wherever you go. This 3.5-gallon air compressor can easily fit into your back seat or your boot. Besides, due to its small size, you will be able to store it without taking up much space.
  • The Porter Cable 135 PSI Air Compressor comes with a dual outlet design. The dual outlet design allows users to fix two items to the hose and use them at the same time. This will be quite convenient for those who wish to run two tools at the same time. However, it is important to keep in mind that running two tools at the same time will not give you maximum efficiency on each tool.
  • Another good part of the Porter Cable 135 PSI is that, the machine is maintenance free. The air compressor comes with a durable oil-free pump design, which makes it easier for its users, as oil replacement will not be necessary. Although the machine is maintenance free, it is advisable that users drain the tank completely after every use, to get rid of condensation that may cause corrosion, which eventually will shorten the lifespan of the unit.
  • Besides being compact and portable, the 135 PSI Air Compressor is also user-friendly. The compressor is equipped with two gouges that are relatively large with clear markings that are easy to read. It also comes with a large regulator adjuster that makes it easier for users to adjust to the required PSI ratings.
  • Adding to its numerous good sides, the Porter Cable PCFP02300 3.5 Gallon PSI Pancake Compressor is comparatively affordable. The price of the unit is considerably fair for its good features, which makes it a good buy.          

The CONS of the Porter-Cable PCFP02003:

  • The 3.5-gallon air compressor is constructed from quality metal, rubber as well as plastic. The drawback of the unit is that, it is fitted with a small plastic part in the manifold that is capable of breaking. The machine loses its ability to hold pressure if this particular plastic part breaks. Once broken, the part itself cannot be replaced and therefore users will have no choice but to buy a new full replacement manifold from the manufacturer.
  • Another drawback of the Porter Cable PCFP02003 is that it can be quite noisy, particularly when used indoors. It definitely is not the choice for those looking for an ultra quiet air compressor.
  • The Porter Cable Pancake Air Compressor is made in such a design that the top part of the machine is heavier that the bottom. Although it is fitted with strong leg mountings,   having a heavier top can cause the unit to lose its stability at times. However, this particular flaw can be rectified by placing the compressor on a less slippery surface or a rubber mat.
  • It is important to mention that the unit does not come with accessories. Hence, if you plan to purchase the unit, you will need to buy its accessories separately. Users will be able to get most of the accessories from hardware stores.



The Porter-Cable PCFP02003 3.5 Gallon 135 PSI Pancake Compressor certainly is a compressor worth buying. It would be a perfect choice for those looking for a portable yet versatile air compressor. Although not quite suitable for the heavy-duty industry , this compact, lightweight machine is capable of handling almost any kind of light-duty tasks, from inflating tires and inflatable water crafts to powering nail guns, die grinders and blow guns. It would definitely be a good buy.   

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