Campbell Hausfeld 6-gallon Quiet Air Compressor Review

An ultra-quiet compressor ideal for the small shop or around the home.

Campbell Hausfeld 6-gallon Quiet Air Compressor

Campbell Hausfeld 6-gallon Quiet Air Compressor

When you need an air compressor for intermediate, light to medium-duty use in a small workshop, on a jobsite, or around the home, a portable, oil-less compressor can be a very good choice. They're light, easy to cart around, and can deliver sufficient air to to run brad and finish nailers, pinners, light duty staplers, air spray guns, impact wrenches, die grinders, and other low air consumption tools.  


Campbell Hausfeld, one of the the premier names in air compressors and tools, offers two models in it's 'Quiet Series', a 6-gallon "pancake" (#DC060500) and an 8-gallon "hotdog" (#DC080500). They have the same feature set, except the larger 8-gallon unit is mounted on a pair of wheels. While I used the 6-gallon unit in my shop for a month – coupled with a Senco 23-gauge pinner and a Bostitch 18-gauge nailer/stapler – my comments are applicable to both models.

DC060500 has a 1 HP, 7 amp induction motor that delivers 2.4 SCFM of air at 90 PSI (and 3.5 at 40 PSI), with a maximum PSI of 125, which is fine with me, as none of the air tools I regularly use require more than 100 PSI, and all consume less than 2.4 SCFM. While you could use it with a finish or framing nailer the tank would likely be constantly recycling. It takes a full 75 seconds to initially fill the tank, but then only 35 seconds for recycling. 

The 80% duty cycle means you can run this compressor for 48 minutes out of each hour. If you use the compressor o
n an intermittent basis throughout the work day, you won't run into any problems.

While the DC060500 is not the quietest compressor I've ever used, it's darn quiet. I measured an average noise level of 63 decibels at 6 feet from the compressor (without any other machines operating in the shop). This is low enough that you won't get startled when the compressor kicks in to refill the tank, or force you to wear earmuffs. 

The roll cage design provides reasonably good protection for the motor and the key compressor components, and the center mounted handle provides good balance when carrying the compressor around the shop, jobsite or home.

The compressor components are easily accessible (except for the safety valve). The on/off switch (A) with it's red cover can't be missed. The tank pressure gauge (B) is off to one side, which is ok as I rarely look at it. The pressure regulator knob (C) is right below the outlet pressure gauge (E), which is convenient as both are used simultaneously. There is only one quick coupler (D), which makes sense, as the air tank is much too small to accommodate the use of two air tools at once. The gauges are large enough – especially the outlet pressure gauge – so they're easy to read. The pressure regulator is large enough to turn even with chunky work gloves on.


My only complaint is that the safety valve is awkward to reach. Fortunately I only give it a yank once a month or so, just to check that it's working properly.


The air filter is easily accessible; it's of a standard size and both inexpensive and easy to replace. Cleaning the air filter regularly is fairly important as it keeps dust from entering the compressor pump. As well, a clogged air filter makes the motor work harder and can cause it to heat up more quickly. If you do a lot of sanding in your shop you'll want to check the filter more frequently. It only takes a couple of minutes to remove and clean the filter, so I try to do it every couple of weeks.


On all compressors the drain valve is located on the bottom of the tank, which usually means you have to bend down, or drop to your knees, to reach it. Because this compressor is light enough I just lift it forward to turn the valve. I do find the handle a tad on the small size.


There are three large rubber feet that help absorb motor vibration. When the motor comes on the compressor doesn't move about at all.


I've been using the DC060500 with a 25-foot, 3/8" hose, and the compressor set at 90 psi for both pinning and nailing. With my Senco 23-gauge nailer I can shoot 86 1-1/8" pins before the tank begins to recycle. Not bad at all. I've also used it to sink a pile of 1-1/2" long 7/32" crown staples and 1-5/8" long 18-gauge brads – again, not a hitch. And, with a recharge time of about 35 seconds I barely have time to grab the coffee cup before it's back to work. Plus, at about 63 decibels, it's one of the quietest machines in my shop. 

This is one sweet compressor that you can't find much to quibble about. 


  • Motor: 1 HP, 7 Amp, induction, oil-free
  • Tank Capacity: 6 gallons
  • Dual Piston Pump
  • Max PSI: 125
  • Duty Cycle: 80%
  • CFM @90 PSI: 2.4
  • CFM @40 PSI: 3.5
  • Sound Output: 68 dBa
  • Weight: 53.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year

COMPANY:Campbell Hausfeld
PRICE:$299.00 - $349.00
SOURCE:Where to Buy

Carl Duguay
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