Using air tools has become the norm nowadays since they offer better performance than the conventional electric tools. However, you cannot use air tools without buying yourself an air compressor to help power them. You need to have an efficient compressor to make sure that your air tools function properly. However, the first question you ask yourself is this – which air compressor should I buy? You need one that is not too loud and is not too heavy so that you can carry it around as you work. You need not worry, because the Briggs & Stratton Air Compressor 074045-00 offers all that at a very reasonable price.

Here we will be reviewing some of the redeeming features of this air compressor to give you an idea of its performance and help you make your purchase decision relatively easier.

Minimal Noise

If you should know anything about the usual air compressors, it is that these machines are rarely ever quiet. The Briggs & Stratton 074045-00, on the other hand, is very quiet. Usually, when you are using this air compressor, you will be using it for the purpose of powering your air tools. These air tools themselves are pretty loud and you do not need an air compressor that adds to that noise. In order to understand how quiet this air compressor is, you should keep in mind the way one customer described it – that if you were to blare loud rock music from your PC it would be nearly 80 dB and this air compressor runs at 54 dB, which is an astonishingly Quiet.

The low noise this compressor makes is ideal for small spaces such as mini-workshops, where if you were to use a loud compressor the sound would bounce back and it would become unbearably loud for you to work in peace or to concentrate. Most air compressors available are incredibly loud when they are building up pressure, and quiet down once the pressure is built. This air compressor is entirely different – it is not noisy from the very beginning and works quietly the whole time you are working on your project. All in all, the Briggs & Stratton 074045-00 air compressor lives up to its promise of being 80% quieter than standard oil-free compressors available on the market.

The vibration is also minimal which insures further reduction in noise, since you would not have to hear buzzing when it moves across the surface it is on. The sound is soft and does not annoy you. In addition to that, this soft noise will not damage your hearing unlike the loud noise produced by other air compressors.

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When you think of air compressors, you think of lumpy machines that are really heavy and therefore are a royal pain to move around from room to room. You most probably would not imagine an air compressor being as compact and as portable as the Briggs & Stratton air compressor. The 074045-00 has a handle and wheels that make it seem similar to a drag-along suitcase. This handle makes it very easy for you to move the air compressor from one room to another. The wheels insure that you are not dragging it along the surface of your flooring and so you do not need to worry about scratching the surface on which the compressor is placed.

The compactness of this compressor adds to its mobility since it becomes easier to maneuver it when it is not bulky. It is not very heavy either which makes it portable enough to be wheeled over long distances. The wheels are made to be tough and rugged to bear the weight of the compressor over distances and to insure that they do not wear out over rough terrain, since a worn-out wheel could result in damaging the compressor. It is evident that this compressor wins in the compactness and therefore mobility department in comparison to its peers.


  • Weight – 61 pounds
  • Dimensions – 20 x 17 x 23 inches
  • Three times longer motor life
  • Minimal vibration
  • Voltage – 120 volts
  • Key feature – quiet operation
  • Compact and mobile due to wheels
  • Oil-free
  • Cylinder capacity – 4.5 gallons
  • Burn-in time – 20 to 30 minutes

Customer’s Reviews and Conclusion

To summarize, the Briggs & Stratton 074045-00 Air Compressor offers a whole lot of value at an affordable price and is the best buy if you want a compressor to power your pneumatic air tools. Not only does it make a minimal amount of noise, it also has a long motor life. The sound level is less than 60 dB and customers have reported that the sound it emanates is not different from the one that a refrigerator air compressor produces. As such, it is easily bearable and sounds similar to a soft purring. There were some concerns about the on/off switch being cheap, but that is insignificant in comparison to the performance demonstrated by the air compressor.

Only a few were disappointed with the pressure level of the compressor, however, it is possible that the piece was a defective model since there have been no complaints about the pressure from other customers. There were also concerns about the likelihood of the AC cord melting, although no other reports of such incidences have been made at all. Also, the unit’s compactness is a big plus point in its favor, as per the opinion of the customers, since many other models seem bulkier and heavier in comparison. The pressure build-up is also very quick as compared to other air compressors, so you do not have to wait a long time to start your work.

All in all, the 074045-00 is a wonderful and efficient air compressor that is ideal for your air tools and air pumping. It offers numerous features that are useful for both handymen and rookies.