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Porter Cable C2002 Reviews
Overall Rating
Features
3/5
Quality
2/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
2.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (5)
Easy To Store (4)
Light Weight (4)
Price (3)
Fast (1)
Cons
Unreliable (4)
Durability (3)
Low Quality (3)
Cheap Plastic Piece In R... (1)
0% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Chip K.
Gilbert, AZ
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
28
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Does Not Hold Pressure
Bought this about 3 months ago. First unit I bought had a minute crack on the weld on the tank drain plug so it would not hold pressure. Returned it and the replacement still does not hold pressure, even thought I can't find any leaks.

Cycles on every 15 - 20 minutes if left on. Pressure regulator knob and spring also falls out if loosened to relieve pressure. Conclusion: very poor quality control and materials on this unit.
Chip Does Not Recommend This Product
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Ron B.
Alpharetta, GA
Total Helpful Votes
29 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
07
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
$2 Plastic Knob Not Replaceable
I have a 4 year old C2002 "pancake" compressor that I use 5-6 times/year with a nailer.

The plastic knob on the front of the manifold is threaded and is used to control the pressure delivered to the tool. The threads are stripped now and it should be an easy fix to unscrew the knob and replace it.

However, the knob is not available by itself. I am required to purchase a new manifold assembly (which represents nearly half the cost of the compressor). Not a happy camper.
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Fast, Easy To Store
Cons: Low Quality, Durability
Ron Does Not Recommend This Product
Steve, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
Ron,
Having to buy the whole assembly is frustrating, but very common- you'd think it would be a simple matter to just drop the knob in the mail, but the days of extra pieces and parts are fast disappearing.

If you Google "fix a plastic knob" you will find several different ways to renew the threads, some more durable than others.

You might also want to cruise your local home improvement store or flea market with the knob in hand to see if something can be re-purposed to do the job.
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Harrie M.
Simi Valley, CA
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
29
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Great Compressor Until...
I have the model 2002. Worked great for quite some time until that cheap plastic piece inside the regulator blew apart! One has to buy the whole assembly to the tune of $52 and change. Shame on Porter Cable Co.!
Pros: Easy To Store, Easy To Use, Light Weight, Price
Cons: Unreliable, Low Quality, Cheap Plastic Piece In Regulator Prone To Failure
Harrie Does Not Recommend This Product
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John
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Wastes Air (money) Randomly
When the compressor pump shuts off, often there is a hissing sound (air leaking), as if the pumpís exhaust valve stuck open, thus air from the tank leaks back through pump. So if the pump shuts-off mid-cycle on the discharge stroke (open valve), it will self-bleed down the tank - aka waste air.

Itís like roulette every time the compressor shuts off whether itís going to leak back or not. When it does, Iíve ďsavedĒ my tank air by attempting to restart the pump (on/off) to get the pump to... more
Pros: Easy To Store, Easy To Use, Price
Cons: Unreliable
John Does Not Recommend This Product
Steve, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
John,
This unit has a 1 year Factory Warranty, so if you're within the warranty period you can give the folks at Porter-Cable a call, toll-free, at 888-848-5175. Please have the serial number of the unit handy when you call them.

You may also need a copy of your invoice. I checked our files and didn't see where you purchased the unit from us- I'm sorry I can't send one to you.
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Dave E.
Gibbsboro, NJ
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
21
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Thought Porter Cable Would Be Reliable
Came to this site to find a good reliable compressor... I have had my Porter Cable for a few years now and it has never really been working to its potential. It has had a small leak almost from the beginning.

I don't use it too much, usually for nailing and the leak has gotten worse over the years. I finally took it apart to find out just where it was and still could not find it. I have had it with this model and hope I can find a decent small compressor online.

I would not recommend... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Unreliable, Durability
Dave Does Not Recommend This Product
Steve, the Air Compressor Expert
Product Expert
Dave,
This unit comes with a 1 year Factory Warranty that covers defects in materials or workmanship.

A simple toll-free call to the folks at Porter Cable at 888-848-5175 during the warranty period would have resolved the problem with either repair or replacement, and saved you some aggravation over the years.

There are excellent small air compressors available if you can take a small step up in power and price. In the hand-carry category you might want to look at sturdy, dependable units like the Puma LA5721 or the Rolair FC1500HBP2.
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Keith M.
Pembroke, NH
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
03
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Disappointing
I purchased the Porter Cable compressor 3 Pack about two years ago to help me with my wood working projects. The nailers have all been fine and so far have not given me any trouble. The compressor on the other hand is poor quality. The pressure regulator uses cheap plastic parts and poor seals.

I now have a bad air leak from the regulator caused by a bad seal. The seal is not available as a standalone product. I have found a rebuild kit that includes a new seal but it costs $22.00 ... more
Keith Does Not Recommend This Product
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Mike
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
01
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Plastic Regulator Parts
My compressor is about 2-1/2 years old and sees only occasional use for tire inflation and a pneumatic air hammer for removing wheel lug nuts. The plastic spring seat in the regulator valve within the manifold has sheared. The part is not available and you must order a complete manifold for repair. The new manifold uses the same plastic part under a very heavy duty spring. The manifold costs more than half the price of a new compressor and will likely fail again.
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Price
Cons: Unreliable, Durability, Low Quality
Mike Does Not Recommend This Product
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