Equipment for Installing Roof Shingles — Your Compressor

I’ve used a lot of different compressors over the years, but my favorite is a Porter-Cable Model C2002-WK. Here’s why…

First off, it’s electric so you don’t have to listen to a loud gas engine running all day. The homeowners and neighbors will appreciate that as well. And unlike gas compressors, this type doesn’t run constantly. It turns on while you are installing roof shingles, then shuts off until the pressure switch turns it back on again.

You also don’t have to screw around with gas motors that won’t start because of a bad spark plug, flooded carb or whatever. And you don’t have to buy gas or worry about running out.

Electric compressors are also a lot lighter than the gas-powered ones. This one weighs just 34 pounds, which is light enough for even an old guy like me to drag up on the roof. Try that with a gas compressor.

It is also oil-less which is the only kind to have if you ever have to set it on a sloped roof. And you never have an oily mess on your shingles or the homeowners’ driveway.

This Porter-Cable Model puts out all the pressure you need for a roofing nailer and has a six gallon air tank, so it is not running constantly.

Most of all, I’m happy with the price. It’s not only the best compressor I’ve ever had, it’s the cheapest.

Just be aware of its limitations. It puts out 3.5 cubic feet of air per minute, which is fine for one roofing nailer, but not really enough for two. Also, like all “pancake type” compressors, it’s a little top heavy. Make sure it is secure in your truck, or it will go tumbling when you hit the brakes.

You’ll find more about equipment for installing roof shingles in this article.

By John C. Bishop

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