Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor Review

Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor
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​Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor​: QUICK OVERVIEW





What We Like

  • Delivers maximum performance especially when using it for powering up pneumatic tools
  • ​It is lightweight, portable, and doesn’t take up too much space in your utility room.

What ​We Don't Like

  • Only good for use as a tire inflator
  • ​Some said that it doesn’t live to the 110-psi charge, therefore, can’t power up their pneumatic tools for long
  • This machine is pretty loud.

​Air compressors are one of the necessities in a household where house and vehicle repair and maintenance are part of the family member’s daily chores and duties. Compressors give power to a lot of pneumatic tools that make our lives easier and the task finish faster.

Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor Review

Investing in an air compressor for builders is quite expensive if you’re going to take building seriously, but there are a lot others that are considered “consumer grade” such as the one that we will review today.

The Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor, $71.99, can be used by average homeowners and DIY enthusiasts alike.

​What are the important aspects of the Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor?


This air compressor is designed so it can be easily hand carried. Weighing only a little over 19 pounds, this can be your best buddy if you are a builder who likes to go around fixing and putting together stuff. The built and size are considerable small to medium size so you can easily stow it away in your storage room without taking too much space.

Power Source: 

The Campbell Hausfeld uses electricity for power. It is simple to use; all you need to do is plug it in your home outlet and it’ll work in a jiffy. No need for complicated installations and electric configurations.

One thing you need to make sure of - Check if the machine is compatible with your home’s 220V or 110V. You don’t want to break your machine at first try.

Generally, electric-powered air compressors are enough to do utility jobs such as repairing, building, maintenance, and air filling. Electric compressors are designed to be of small size and portable because it’s easy to plug and use it.

Meanwhile, there are heavy-duty air compressors that use gas as its power source. These gas-powered air compressors are built for big machineries that can run for hours at a time.

Performance Rating: 

Compare the performance rating of the tools that you will use versus the performance rating of the Campbell Hausfeld Air Compressor to make sure that they are compatible.

Performance ratings are measured by Standard Cubic Feet per Minute, or SCFM. You can find these measurements in the specifications of the tools run by air compressors.

It is important that they would match; if the SCFM count of the tool is larger than that of the air compressor, the latter won’t be able to provide enough power to run the tool.

For general idea, smaller tools usually require between 0-5 SCFM, while larger tools can require 10 or more SCFM. Take note, if you are going to use multiple tools at the same time using your air compressor, you need to add the total count of SCFM of each tool and compare it with the SCFM of your air compressor.

Tank Size: 

This air compressor has a total tank capacity of three gallons. This is enough for small lightweight jobs such as inflation, brad nailing, stapling, and airbrushing.

Checking the size of the tank and comparing it to your usage is important because you want to make sure that it can cater to your work. Tank sizes start from 1 gallon and can be up to 80 gallons. For tasks involving the use of a few pneumatic tools, tank sizes between 2-6 gallons are sufficient.

Additional Features: 

The Campbell Hausfeld air compressor comes with an accessory kit which includes the following: 25-foot recoil hose, blow gun, female coupler, two inflation needles, two male plugs, air chuck, inflation adapter, tapered inflation nozzle and PTFE tape. The body of the tank also eliminates pulsations caused by piston action.

​What other things should you know about the Campbell Hausfeld FP209499 3-Gallon Air Compressor?

This is a very light and portable air compressor that can power a number of pneumatic tools. The accessories that come with also enables you to use the compressor with ease, especially when using it for filling air.

Be wary though, as most users complained about the time it takes when filling a tire. If you’re going to use it for that purpose, just get an air compressor solely for that.

This small air compressor is definitely for home use; for doing maintenance and building jobs here and there. It can’t do much other than that though and it can’t run for prolonged periods as it’s not really for heavy-duty work. You’ll find that the gas tank depletes fast and it can’t really support powerful tools or devices.

​The Verdict

You are better off with a larger and more powerful air compressor if you’re planning to use it a lot. This machine can only power so many tools at the same time and it takes a while to fill up a tire. If you’re okay with a few shots of nail gun, and a few fixes here and there occasionally, then get this air compressor.

Otherwise, save you money and shed a little bit more to get a more powerful one. Some users have made a mistake of getting this when they only need a simple air compressor for their tires and sports equipment. Before purchasing anything, assess the purpose and frequency of use.

Don't miss out our article on the "​​What are the best Portable Air Compressors?", for more ​air compressor choices.

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