Bostitch BTFP02012 Pancake CompressorPancake compressors are excellent portable solutions to your everyday compression needs. Regardless of the tool you’re powering, the portable yet powerful machines offer a steady stream of air at just the right pressure.

Bostitch’s BTFP02012 is a prime example of how a small model can pack a big punch and still be very reasonably priced.

This is actually an upgraded and improved version of one of Bostitch’s previous models, the BTFP02011. When compared to its predecessor it features a reduced noise level, improved shroud and an overall lighter design.

First impressions

The BTFP02012 is the type of portable air compressor that’s perfectly suited for smaller to medium requirements and should have no problem running any kind of pinner, paint sprayer or even nailer you’d find in a smaller shop or job site.

It can provide up to 2.6 SCFM at 90 psi while its overall pressure capabilities top at the 150 psi mark.

At 6 gallons, it is a somewhat small model comparable in size to a tool box, but given how much air it can provide that shouldn’t be a problem if your expectations aren’t too high.

The tank takes about two and a half minutes to fully pump up to 150 psi and the motor doesn’t re-engage itself until the pressure drops below 120 psi.

A shorter recovery time makes for less noise, and at about 25 seconds, the BTFP02012 is reasonable in that respect. At 80 decibels, it certainly isn’t the most quiet model we’ve ever seen, but certainly reasonable.

If you use it in short bursts and don’t need to achieve maximum pressure that often, it can even be used without protective earwear.

Long-lasting service

A great thing about this model is its longevity – if you take proper care in maintaining it, draining the tank regularly etc, the manufacturers claim the BTFP02012 will provide 450 service hours of reliable work.

If you use a compressor only a couple of hours each week, you can expect it to provide years of great service. If you plan on transporting it around all the time, you’ll be happy to hear it comes with a cord wrap.

The 5-foot cord could have been a bit longer, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you plan on keeping the machine stationary in your shop.

Controlling the unit is easy as well. It has two quick connect valves, a safety valve, a regulator and two gauges measuring the tank and regulated outlet pressures respectively.

We especially liked the easy to use regulator that allows for a good degree of fine control in adjusting the compressor’s pressure.

Once not in use, the controls are covered up by a plastic safety shroud that keeps them from being battered and exposed.

All in all, we’re pretty satisfied with the BTFP02012’s overall performance. When choosing this compressor you’re getting a lightweight, portable and very efficient device that has proven itself to provide adequate pressure for any smaller needs you’d encounter either in your garage or an undemanding job site.

Its long service hours make it a dependable choice, and the affordable price only makes it more appealing. So, if your air compression needs are modest, a modest unit such as this one is the optimum solution.