Powermate Vx PLA4708065 80-Gallon Electric Air Compressor Review

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Powermate supplies a broad range of pneumatic tools, air compressors and generators that are well known for their high-quality components. The enormous Powermate Vx PLA4708065 80-Gallon Electric Air Compressor is large enough to satisfy the needs of contractors pressured by the heaviest workloads. It’s hefty weight do not make it suitable for frequent transport, but it is an excellent companion to any workshop. Here we take a closer look at what makes this compressor a prime industrial tool.

At-A-Glance Specs
Brand:
Powermate
Model:
Vx PLA4708065
Category:
Contractor
Style:
Vertical Tank
Weight:
354-lbs
Tank Size:
80 Gallon
Peak HP:
4.7
CFM@90 PSI:
14
Max Pressure:
155 PSI
Pump Type:
Oil-lubricated
Oil Type:
Synthetic Oil
Noise:
83 dB
Rating:
(1-5 stars)

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Size

The extremely large size requires at least three people to transport, or a forklift if available. Take care when transporting the unit as most of the weight is located towards the top. This causes a balancing issue which can cause it to fall on it’s side

Performance

This offering from Powermate is a 4.7-horsepower, single stage, three cylinder electric compressor. It is capable of providing 14-CFM at 90 PSI over a long period of time. The large capacity tank supplied a steady stream of pressure which is capable of keeping up with even the most demanding pneumatic tools.

Pump Type

The pump is oil lubricated, but the oil fill is easy to reach. You will only ever find yourself refilling the oil infrequently. The oil-level sight is clear and well positioned, never allowing you to run the machine dry. The unit runs at reasonable temperature levels, ensuring long lasting service.

Noise Level

As a result of it’s capacity and size, this Electric Air Compressor is rather noisy. Powermate have managed to dampen the noise levels slightly. Surprizingly this large compressor carries a noise level rating that is on par with that of the Porter-Cable portable compressor. It measures at 83dB, which is louder than a loud conversation but not audible enough to disturb people in surrounding areas.

Additional Considerations

A power cord is not supplied, so please prepare for this if ordering. A pressure regulator and water separator are not supplied. You will need to buy them separately. In order to not void your warranty, fitment by a qualified electrician is required. The process is straight-forward and the unit is reliable, although it is best to preserve your warranty.

Who It’s For

The Powermate Vx PLA4708065 is best suited to contractors who operate from a fixed workshop. It needs to be bolted to the ground to ensure safe operation. Anyone that uses a pneumatic tool for a long period of time will find the 80-gallon tank invaluable.

Pros

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Swedish stainless steel flex valves
  • High capacity
  • Steel tank construction

Cons

  • Uses Oil
  • Extremely heavy
  • No power cord supplied
  • No pressure regulator supplied

Final Verdict

If you need to run air tools such as ratchets, nailers, spray guns and hammers for long durations then the Powermate Vx PLA4708065 80-Gallon Electric Air Compressor makes an attractive option. The precautionary step necessary to preserve the warranty and the large size make this air compressor a good match to workshops and industrial manufacturing areas, but the home user will hardly use it to full capacity.

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