Air Tool CFM Chart

The best way to determine what size air compressor you need is by looking at the CFM requirements of you air tools and sizing your compressor accordingly. The second best way is to look at this Air Tool CFM Chart!

In the chart below you’ll find a list of common air tools, their working pressure, how many CFM a given air compressor needs to provide in order to power them, and a recommendation. If you’re looking to buy a new air compressor but don’t know what you need, this chart is a great place to start.

ToolWorking PressureCFM RequirementRecommendation
Brad Nailer1.0 CFM @ 90 PSI1.5Makita Mac210Q (2 CFM)
Framing Nailer4.2 CFM @ 90 PSI6.3Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
Finish Nailer1.0 CFM @ 90 PSI1.5Makita Mac210Q (2 CFM)
Palm Nailer1.5 CFM @ 90 PSI2.25Porter Cable C2002 (2.6 CFM)
Flooring Nailer2 CFM @ 90 PSI3Stealth 4.5 Gallon (3.0 CFM)
Roofing Nailer2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI3.75Craftsman CMXECXA0331042 (4.0 CFM)
Pin Nailer1.0 CFM @ 90 PSI1.5Makita Mac210Q (2 CFM)
Siding Nailer2.5 CFM @ 90 PSI3.75Makita Mac2400 (4.2 CFM)
Stapler1.0 CFM @ 90 PSI1.5Makita Mac210Q (2 CFM)
1/4 Ratchet4.2 CFM @ 90 PSI6.3Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
3/8 Ratchet4.4 CFM @ 90 PSI6.6Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
1/2 Impact Wrench4.0 CFM @ 90 PSI6Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
1/4 Angle Die Grinder4.0 CFM @ 90 PSI6Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
Air Hammer4.4 CFM @ 90 PSI6.6Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
6″ Palm Sander4.5 CFM @ 90 PSI6.7Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
HVLP Paint Spray Gun8.0 CFM @ 30 PSI12Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 (18.1 CFM)
3″ Cut off Tool4.0 CFM @ 90 PSI6Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
Reciprocating Saw3.0 CFM @ 90 PSI4.5California Air Tools 10020C (5.3 CFM)
Tire Inflator1.0 CFM @ 100 PSI1.5Dewalt DWFP55126 (2.6 CFM)
3/8 Air Drill4.0 CFM @ 90 PSI6Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
Needle Scaler4.0 CFM @ 90 PSI6Makita Mac5200 (6.5 CFM)
*Please note that the PSI and CFM requirements provided in this table may differ from those of your specific air tools. This table should be used for reference only. Please check the specific air consumption requirements of your air tools prior to purchasing an air compressor.

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