Bostitch BTFP02012 Review

Editor Rating: 4.7/5

Great Product

Bostitch BTFP02012 Review

Reviewed by: Timothy Henderson

Last modified: Aug 3, 2023 @ 6:39 am

  • Design
  • Functionality
  • Price

Bostitch BTFP02012 Review Summary:

Compact, user-friendly, and lightweight — the Bostitch BTFP02012 is a 6-gallon pancake air compressor that’s suitable for light and medium-use applications. Its maximum flow rate of 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI can support pneumatic tools like brad nailers, staplers, and the occasional frame nailer or impact wrench.

What’s more, with its dual couplers, you can link up and use two air-powered tools at the same time. Plus, its low-maintenance, oil-free pump is another time-saving feature.

And, unpacking shouldn’t take too long either — all that arrives is the compressor, which means additional purchases of hoses and attachments are necessary before you can get started.

Bostitch has been trading for over a century — manufacturing power tools, fasteners, and obviously, air compressors. The brand is known for its dedication to performance, durability, and quality. It also has the backing and experience of the Stanley Black & Decker Corporation.


  • Tank capacity – 6 gallons
  • Pressure – 150 max PSI
  • Flow rate – 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • Weight – 30 pounds (22.7kg)


Good bang for your buck.
Fast recovery time.
Permits dual tool usage.
Ergonomic dials.
Steady operation on level ground.


Power cord could be longer — 5 feet.

Features and Benefits of the BTFP02012 Bostitch

Now we’ll get down to the detail — what makes this pancake compressor stand out from the crowd?

Efficient and Reliable Motor Performance

This machine pumps out a maximum of 150 PSI. However, at 90 PSI, it can deliver a respectable 2.6 CFM (cubic feet per meter). It means, as I mentioned earlier, the Bostitch air compressor BTFP02012 is perfect for home use, DIY, and light application on sites.

Thanks to its fast recovery, it works seamlessly for tire inflation and power tools, like nailers, staplers, and 3/8-inch impact wrenches. However, it won’t cope with more demanding pneumatic tools, such as a sander, paint sprayer, or air hammer.

The BTFP02012’s highly efficient motor is also built for consistency, its cold-weather start-up means it can work in all temperatures.


Its oil-free pump negates the need to regularly lubricate the internal parts — saving you time and hassle.

That said, there are still a couple of checks required on a regular basis. Before operating, you should check the safety valve is in working order. And, to prevent corrosion, the tank condensation needs to be emptied after use. The drain valve positioned at the bottom of the tank will take care of this.

Additionally, if you want to help keep your compressor in top condition, Bostitch suggests a duty cycle of between 50 to 75 percent. This means you should limit running time to a maximum of 30 to 45 minutes per hour.

The Perfect-Sized Tank

Arriving with a six-gallon tank that still categorizes the compressor as portable yet functional. Most compressors with a similar output have smaller tanks but are almost the same dimension.

That said, you’ll get a decent work time out of it without having to make frequent stops, or using an overly large compressor.

Low-Noise Operation

The Bostitch BTFP02012 6 gallon compressor boasts an operating sound level of 78.5 decibels. Now, that may not mean much to you, but to put it into perspective, when the wife, girlfriend (or if you’re single, you), are vacuuming, your ears are subjected to 75 decibels.

This kind of volume means you can crack on with that decking project you’ve been putting off — without upsetting the neighbors.


This machine weighs in at 29 pounds (with an empty tank). In terms of pancake compressors, it’s at the lighter end of the scale. Combine this with its compact design and oversized handle, it’s convenient to carry around on-site or in and out of a vehicle.

Additionally, with dimensions of 17 x 17 x 19.25 inches, its small-scale footprint permits hassle-free storage.

Dual User Capability

Many will appreciate the two universal couplers positioned in front of the “control panel.” Simply put, you can plug two different tools in at a time. This means, you can get your buddy over to help finish the job twice as fast.

Alternatively, if you need more than one type of air-powered tool for your task, you can connect them both up and switch between them — with minimal downtime.


The BTFP02012 6 gallon pancake compressor is easy-to-use and ergonomic.

Its on/off switch is right on top of the handle. So you just put down the compressor, flip the switch, and air starts to build in the tank.

Plus, its controls (regulator and gauges) are in an upward-facing position. This is impressive because it allows you to read the dials while standing. It may seem a minor detail but becomes noticeable when you use an air compressor without this feature.

Bostitch BTFP02012 Specifications

Bostitch BTFP02012
Max PSI150 PSI
Capacity @ 90 PSI2.6 CFM
Tank size6-gallon (22.7 liters)
Quick connector size0.25 inches (6.4 mm)
Power supply Electric corded
Pump typeOil-free
Dimensions (LxWxH)17 x 17 x 19.25 inches
Weight 30 pounds (14kg)
Amps15 (US)

What Users Say About The Bostitch BTFP02012

If I were to sum up my thoughts — the Bostitch BTFP02012 6 gallon pancake compressor is a compact workhorse that’s more than adequate for the DIY enthusiast with an arsenal of pneumatic tools or for light-use tradespeople.

But that’s just my impression. What do the owners have to say about its performance? I scoured the web to answer this very question — and this machine gets a thumbs up.

Almost all users praise it as a lightweight and portable compressor. They love how easy it is to carry around at home and job sites. Others commented on the rapid speed of pressure build-up, and that it works well for inflation and nailing tasks.

However, a few owners, although they enjoyed the performance of the compressor, had gauging issues with its regulator.

Alternatives to the Bostitch BTFP02012

While the Bostitch BTFP02012 6 gallon, 150 PSI, oil-free compressor is highly rated by many, it may not get your vote. Hence, I’ve chosen a few alternatives, which could better suit your requirements.

Metabo HPT EC914SM

If you’re looking for a little more grunt, the Metabo HPT “The Tank” pancake air compressor could be the perfect solution.

Boasting a max pressure output of 200 PSI and delivering 4 CFM @ 90 PSI, the EC914SM thwarts the airflow rate of the BTFP02012 by double. It’s ideal for using framing nailers without stops or sharing your air without issues.

  • Double the price of the Bostitch.
  • Weighing 41 pounds, it’s 11 pounds heavier than the BTFP02012.
  • Noise rating of 79 decibels — comparable to Bostitch’s 78.5 decibels.

Craftsman CMEC6150K

The Craftsman CMEC6150K could appeal to those who would prefer a compressor you can use straight-outta-the-box. Along with the machine, you get a 13-piece accessory kit, which includes a hose, adaptors, and various other attachments.

This machine is identical to the BTFP02012 compressor’s design and performance — featuring a 6-gallon tank with a max pressure of 150 PSI, 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI output, and weighs 30 pounds. Plus, its striking red aesthetic may be a conversation starter.

  • Slightly more expensive than the Bostitch.
  • Like the BTFP02012, the Craftsman includes an oil-free motor.
  • Rated at 82 decibels, louder than the BTFP02012.

DeWalt DWFP55126


If noise is a dealbreaker, why not take a look at the DeWalt DWFP55126 — it has a sound rating of 75.5 decibels, a touch quieter than the Bostitch BTFP02012.

Arriving with a top pressure output of 165 PSI, a 6-gallon tank capacity, and 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI, it offers a decent running time for tools like nailers and staplers, or tire inflation and dust blowing the workshop.

  • More expensive than the BTFP02012.
  • Both the Dewalt and Bostitch include two couplers.
  • Higher max pressure — 165 PSI compared to 150 PSI of the Bostitch.


Finding a portable and powerful oil-free compressor isn’t a walk in the park. Many are lucky to find one that ticks all the boxes, but some find one thing lacking.

Fortunately, you know what you can expect from this air compressor — portability, pressure for less demanding jobs, and kind on the pocket.

Admittedly, you can’t expect to run hardcore air tools with this machine. But for those who want a low-maintenance, efficient and reliable compressor — check out the Bostitch BTFP02012.

BTFP02012 FAQs

Q: How Much Does A Bostitch Pancake Compressor Weigh?

The Bostitch BTFP02012 weighs approximately 30 pounds (13.6kg). With a pancake-style compressor and an oversized handle, it’s easy to maneuver.

Q: Does the Bostitch BTFP02012 Come With Hose and Accessories Kit?

No, the model in this BTFP02012 review only includes a pancake compressor.

However, other packages are available — like this Bostitch BTFP02012-WPK 6-gallon 150 PSI oil-free compressor kit that comes with a hose and inflation accessories. Or this Trio-tool combo that arrives with a brad and finish nailer, a crown stapler, and a 15-foot hose.

Q: How Much Does the Bostitch BTFP02012 Cost?

This portable 6-gallon pancake air compressor can deliver 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI, includes dual couplers and an oil-free pump. To check out the current cost of the BTFP02012.

Q: Is Bostitch Made in the USA?

Yes. Bostitch has been manufacturing in the USA for over a century. Their main plant was located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island before its closure in 2010.

Now, the brand continues its production in the 30 factories of its parent company, Stanley Black & Decker, in the USA.

Q: How long is the Warranty on the Bostitch BTFP02012 6 Gallon Compressor?

One year. You can find out more details here.