Bostitch CPACK1850BN Review


The Stanley Bostitch CPACK1850BN air compressor combo kit is another great value from this company. The components in this kit are identical to that of the popular CPACK2A-R combo kit minus the finishing nailer. Included here is the Bostitch CAP2000P-OF air compressor, Bostitch SB-1850BN 2-inch brad nailer, a 25 foot recoil air hose (not pictured), various fittings, lubricant, 1000 pack of 2" brads, and a sturdy carrying case to keep it all together. The combo set is reconditioned to factory specs meaning you'll save a lot of money in the process of purchasing an air compressor set just as good as a "brand new" one.

At-A-Glance Specs
Combo kit
51 pounds
Tank Size:
6 gallons
Peak HP:
Max Pressure:
150 PSI
Pump Type:
Oil Type:
72 dBA
(1-5 stars)

Bostitch UCPACK1850BN combo kit review

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The air compressor itself is a 6-gallon pancake type and weighs about 38 pounds. This makes it on the ligher side of the scale when it comes to compressor weight so portability is definitely not an issue. The included 18 gauage brad nailer is super light at only 2.7 pounds and will fire brads which are up to two inches long. If you've never purchased a factory reconditioned power tool from Bostitch, you're in for a real treat. Both the compressor and nail gun will appear brand new.


The compressor, the CAP2000P-OF, isn't a monster when it comes to performance but putting out 2.8 CFM at 90 PSI is definitely not something to sneeze about. When compared to inexpensive air compressors from Central Pneumatic or Campbell Hausfeld, they are no match for the Bostitch. While the brad nailer isn't the greatest quality, it is enough for most and is able to fire off 40-50 brads before you start noticing a drop in pressure. If you need to run multiple tools off the compressor at the same time, you may need to look elsewhere such as some of the offerings from DeWalt or Makita.

Pump Type

The heart of the Bostitch CPACK1850BN combo kit is an oil free pump. No maintenance is required making this compressor great for newbies. To go from 0 to 150 PSI takes under five minutes and the large tank holds the pressure quite well. Unlike some other compressors, the Bostitch won't constantly keep cycling on and off.

Noise Level

At a mere 72 decibels, the compressor from the CPACK1850BN set is about middle of the pack when you count all consumer air compressors but for such an inexpensive item, the noise level is suprisingly low. It's fairly common to find small compressors like this one putting out 85-90 PSI of noise. If low noise is your number one priority and you don't mind spending a little more, check out some of the offerings from Rolair.

Who It's For

An ideal candidate to purchase the Bostitch CPACK1850BN combo kit is the DIY weekend warrior who is simply looking to save time. Because everything is included in the set, those new to air compressor tools will be very happy with this starter set. Some projects you may use this particular compressor for include inflating tires, building cabinets, building washer/dryer stands, door trim, crown molding, baseboard, or various small automitive projects in your garage.


  • Appears NEW, not reconditioned
  • Fantastic value!
  • Low noise for an inexpensive compressor
  • Brass fittings
  • Bostitch customer service


  • Cheap PVC air hose (upgrading to a good air compressor hose is a must)
  • Brad nailer isn't the best quality but consider it a free bonus
  • Nailer has a tendency to jam
  • No adaptors for tire inflation or blow gun

Final Verdict on the Bostitch CPACK1850BN Air Compressor Combo Kit

Like its brother, the Bostitch CPACK2A-R combo kit, this set is an outstanding value and everything included costs less than some lower quality stand-alone air compressors. The kit components are light and easy to use. If you've never bought refurbished power tools before, it's a great time to save some money; especially in this economy. Because of the popularity of the Bostitch CPACK1850BN, the product tends to go in and out of stock so don't wait too long if it's available.

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