Central Pneumatic 2 HP, 8 Gallon, 125 PSI Portable Air Compressor Reviews

The eight-gallon tank on the Central Pneumatic portable air compressor provides the necessary power required to operate a variety of pneumatic tools and equipment. Its direct drive induction motor gives you full power for effective usage while the thermal load protection keeps the compressor’s motor safe.

Its features include a useful handle, a fully shrouded pump and motor for protection, plus smooth rolling wheels that make transporting the compressor from one area to another, easy. Any place where pneumatic tools are used such as metalworking shops, woodworking shops, can make use of this reliable air compressor from Central Pneumatic.


  • It has an air delivery of 4.5CFM at 90psi, 5.5CFM at 40psi
  • Designed with a high impact ABS shroud to provide maximum protection for the air compressor
  • The compressor has a clear view oil window that allows you to see when oil needs to be refilled
  • Has an easy to carry handle plus smooth rolling wheels for hassle-free portability and mobility
  • Is equipped with a drive induction motor that has a thermal overload protection

Safety Precautions

Some important key points to remember when using Central Pneumatics portable air compressor to avoid accidents and breakages of the machine.

  • Allot a specific work area that is clean, spacious, and well-lit. To prevent injuries, the work area should have zero access by children and pets to avoid injuries and accidents.
  • Set the portable air compressor on a flat and leveled surface to ensure proper pump-lubrication to avoid damaging the unit. The machine should have at least 12 inches of space around it to allow proper circulation when the machine is on and working.
    Note: In-line shut-off ball valves are essential safety devices since these control the air supply if air hoses are damaged. Shut-off valves should be ball valves since these can be easily closed.
  • Emergency Depressurization – if it is required to instantly depressurize the air compressor, make sure to turn off the power level, and then tug on the safety valve’s ring. It will quickly release the stored air pressure.


Before using the portable air compressor, or any other machine, inspect the general condition of the product. Inspect if there’s any loose hardware, binding or misalignment of moving parts, broken or cracked parts, damaged electrical wiring, and any other conditions that can affect its safe and fluid operation.

There should be a regular schedule for oil maintenance for clarity. If the oil has a milky appearance or if debris is present, oil should be changed. Oil should also be replaced after a hundred hours of runtime, or change it every six months. When in harsh environments where high heat or high humidity is prominent, replacing the air compressor’s oil should be more frequent.

Draining the moisture from the compressor’s tank should be more frequent. The drain valve, which is found beneath the tank, should be accessed every day to release captured air and moisture from the tank. Doing so will remove condensation which causes tank corrosion.

When maintaining the Central Pneumatic portable air compressor, it is necessary that you have a weekly check of the machine’s air filter to see if it needs replacement. If the environment you are working in is dirty or dusty, you may be required to replace the filter more often.

Pros and Cons

The Pros:

  • It is not considered as one of those whisper-quiet machines, but it is much more quiet than other compressors that are not categorized under the ‘quiet models’. Its noise level is at 8dB at 1-meter.

The Cons:

  • The handle on its OEM shut-off valve is only made of a thin stamped seal which makes it bend easily.

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