PORTER-CABLE CMB15 150 PSI Shrouded Compressor Review

PORTER-CABLE CMB15 150 PSI 1.5 Gallon Oil-Free Fully Shrouded Compressor

The Porter-Cable CMB15 150 psi 1.5 gal Oil-Free Fully Shrouded Compressor has an ISO 1217 qualification. It operates at 2.0 SCFM at 90 psi giving a fast come back for the compressor. The 1.5 gallon tank is completely mantled for protection from high temperature and other scattered objects flying off during a construction. It is portable for being just 20 lb in weight. It has rubber feet and water drain valve giving it longer life. The oil free motor is an option for maintenance free life. CMB15 is easy to start even in cold weather thanks to its low amp connection of 120V. It generates a sound of 79 DB which is certified by ISO3744. CMB15 comes with a remarkable package of an 8 pc accessory kit and 25 feet long coil hose to help in myriad inflating jobs. The manufacturer provides 1 year of warranty only on compressor parts.


  • Tools have longer running time when the tank pressure is at 150 PSI (max) and stores more air
  • Oil free pumps are well known for low maintenance
  • The tank is 1.5 gallon is size and is protected from outside damage
  • Weighing at 20lb it has a dimension of 15.5 x 13.2 x 20.5 inches only making it easy to carry although it has no wheels
  • The source of power is gas
  • The rubber feet prevents any scratch on wooden floors and also for a solid standing
  • The sound emitted is 79 db
  • Not just mailing and stapling, CMB15 can be used in a number of inflating jobs as well


  • CMB15 originates in Taiwan.
  • It has 1 year warranty from the manufacturer
  • It saves your money by providing 25 feet hose along with the product
  • It also provides an 8 piece accessories to help you start work as soon as possible
  • The unit has a quick recovery time with its 2 SCFM @90 PSI.
  • The tools run longer as the tank stores more air at 150 PSI, the max limit
  • The pump is made durable and zero after care by making it oil free
  • A mere 120V is used to start this unit. Makes your work smoother even in harsh winter conditions


  • The addendums with the air compressor is definitely a plus point. It helps you not only by saving a chunk of money but also by pacing up your work time. No more wait to start your work. As soon as you get the product go for your work.
  • There is also a 25 feet hose attached with the air compressor which will help you to work over a spread out job site.
  • Light weight is definitely an added advantage in this industry as it helps you to carry it around easily.
  • Some customer might question its Chinese proximity given the worldwide reputation of Chinese products.
  • Although it’s priced lesser than $200, some customers are of the opinion that low price is sign of inferior quality. Hence although it is priced low, it hasn’t able to gain any confidence.


Porter-Cable brings to you another model or air compressor, this time at an affordable price. However, being cheap isn’t everything. Although the reviews are at 66% of 5 stars, the complaints are also not ignorable. The massive air leak between the shroud and compressor is a major complaint which the manufacturer needs to look into if they want to survive in the long run. Used mostly for inflating tires, this might also come handy for other hardware projects too, may be with some limitations. The unit is light weight and also a 25 feet long hose which gives added flexibility. If you want a low priced, moderately versatile product mainly for your own household needs, CMB15 can be your choice. However, do not look for a quiet companion as this unit makes noise up to 80 decibel.

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