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Emglo EM810-4V Compact 4-Gallon Oiled Air Compressor Review

The Emglo EM810-4V Heavy-Duty 4 Gal Oil-Lube Stacked Tank Air Compressor has twin tanks, a cast iron cylinder and a central handle that makes it easy to carry around on the jobsite. With a 1.1 HP motor, plenty of air capacity and air delivery; this compressor has the ability to drive up to four brad or finish nailers or two framing, roofing or flooring nailers at one time with out slowing down. We think that this 56 pound compressor should meet the needs of most trim carpenters, remodelers, light duty framers, roofers or flooring professionals. The Emglo EM810-4V Compressor is backed with a one-year limited warranty and can be found in Lowe’s Home improvement Centers.

Emglo EM810-4V Compact 4-Gallon Oiled Air Compressor Review

The Emglo EM810-4V Heavy-Duty 4 Gal Oil-Lube Stacked Tank Air Compressor has twin tanks, a cast iron cylinder and a central handle that makes it easy to carry around on the jobsite. With a 1.1 HP motor, plenty of air capacity and air delivery; this compressor has the ability to drive up to four brad or finish nailers or two framing, roofing or flooring nailers at one time with out slowing down. We think that this 56 pound compressor should meet the needs of most trim carpenters, remodelers, light duty framers, roofers or flooring professionals.


Emglo EM810-4V Compact 4-Gallon Oiled Air Compressor

Emglo EM810-4V Features

Job site performance comes from the 1.1 HP motor which is able to produce 4.0 SCFM (standard cubic feet per minute) at 90 PSI. The compressor is equipped with a oil-lubricated pump that has a cast iron cylinder. While the case iron cylinder might add some weight, it goes a long ways in extending pump life and long term durability. With a quick glance at the pump crank case, you can see the oil level sight glass. There is easy access to the crankcase drain for quick oil changes as well. Things that you can’t see built into the inside is the dual soft-start valves which make it quicker for cold weather or extension cord starts. There is a high flow regulator that has an easy to adjust control knob. There is a single standard 1/4” push to connect style coupler on the top of the tank as well. The Emglo EM810-4V Heavy-Duty 4 Gal Oil-Lube Stacked Tank Air Compressor weighs in at a reasonable 56 lbs. and features an single angled handle on top that makes for well-balanced portability. The compressor operates at a very tolerable 83dBA which makes for a much more pleasant day at work.

Testing and Use

Emglo EM810-4V Compact 4-Gallon Oiled Air Compressor featureThe first thing that we did when we got the Emglo EM810-4V Heavy-Duty 4 Gal Oil-Lube Stacked Tank Air Compressor was to fill up the crankcase with the included oil. Since this is a oil lubricated compressor, it is critical to make sure that it is all ways filled with the oil, which is easy to check since it has a built in oil level sight glass in the crankcase. We used the compressor on a small bathroom renovation project where we had to trim out a window and hang some crown trim. The controls of the compress are logical and have easy access, we plugged it in, turned it on and let it go. In a relatively short time, the twin tanks were full to the compressor’s shut-off pressure of 125 PSI. Since we were using the compress for shooting 2-1/2” 15 gauge trim nails, in the course of our nailing, the compressor only had to cycle a few times which it did quick and with minimal noise (since it is oil lubricated). As we worked with the compressor, one of the small things that we noticed that is a slight bummer is that it only has a single quick connect coupling which means that we will have to run a splitter if we want to use more than one nailer at a time. Portability is pretty good and we liked the centrally located carry handle that also acts as a role cage of sorts for the pressure gauges and hose coupling.


Conclusion

Emglo EM810-4V Pressure Gauges and Hose Coupling

Our initial testing and use shows that the Emglo EM810-4V Heavy-Duty 4 Gal Oil-Lube Stacked Tank Air Compressor offers plenty of performance and features. Seeing how Emglo has been making compressors for other big name companies like DeWalt for years, we would expect that this compressor should be up to snuff for many contractors needing a compact solution. For our Value rating we gave this compressor a score of 7/10 since its price point is right in the middle of the pack of other similar offerings from other manufacturers and it comes with a one year warranty. For our Performance rating we gave this compressor an above average score of 6/10, if it had an additional quick connect hose coupling it would have score an additional point or two. All in all, this compressor is a solid performer that we can definitely recommend. Look for it at your local Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and online.

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