Metabo HPT 6 Gallon Pancake Air Compressor EC914S

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Metabo HPT 6 Gallon High Capacity Pancake Air Compressor  EC914S Review

Metabo HPT is back at it innovating the job-site compressor with a Pro-Grade, new lighter weight, high capacity compressor called THE TANK. The Tank also called the Metabo HPT 6 Gallon Pancake Air Compressor EC914S weighs 41lbs, is engineered with the power to run a framing, roofing, or siding crew, and is versatile enough to run five 18Ga nailers at a time.

First Impression

Metabo HPT 6 Gallon Pancake Air Compressor  EC914S

Manufacturer: Metabo HPT
Model number: EC914S
Power source: 120 vac
The Metabo HPT 6 Gallon Pancake Air Compressor EC914S looks solid. A single black metal handlebar is centered across the compressor and allows for a solid balanced carry.

The rubber feet are a solid 1-inch thick and bolted securely to the frame.  Two 1/4 inch NPT quick-connect, air hose connectors come attached to the compressor.

The compressor is oil-free and has a manual on-off “lighted, “switch that is protected with a weatherproof rubber boot. The pressure regulator knob has a large red knob with positive stops.  THE TANK has a beefy 8-foot cord, and its drain valve is a ball-cock style for easy, and fast draining of tank moisture.

Metabo HPT Air Compressor EC914S Specifications

  • Single-phase motor
  • 1.3 HP
  • 13.5 Amp
  • 6-gallon air tank
  • 200 PSI [13.8 bar]
  • 5.1 CFM @ 40 PSI [2.8 bar]
  • 4.0 CFM @ 90PSI [6.2 bar]
  • Oil-fee
  • S3 50% 5-minutes on and 5-minutes off duty cycle
  • Thermal overload protector

Using The Metabo HPT “THE TANK” Compressor

On a recent project, I set the compressor at 100PSI and was installing 16-penny framing nails easily. I experienced approximately 14 nails sunk before the compressor cycled for approximately 30 seconds.

Metabo HPT 6 Gallon Pancake Air Compressor EC914S

What I like About The Metabo HPT 6 Gallon Compressor

The most impressive feature for me is the added pressure of  200 PSI, this compressor offers 25% greater PSI than a basic pancake compressor. That equates to 30% more air. The 4 CFMs at 90 PSI allows for multiple framing pneumatics.

THE TANK offers pro contractors a serious next level compressor, which can simultaneously run the following pneumatic nailer combinations:

  • (2) framing nailers
  • (2) siding nailers
  • (2) roofing nailers
  • (3) 15Ga or 16Ga finish nailers
  • (5) 18Ga brad nailers

Personally I like the size of a pancake compressor but have always cursed its capacity when performing roofing or framing applications.

The only thing I don’t like about this compressor is the noise.


Duty Cycle

All air compressors are built with a duty cycle rating. This rating is typically given as a percentage of the amount of time that an air compressor can be run in a full cycle, typically one hour, that includes the compressor’s run time and rest time. It helps the compressor avoid overheating.

Air Compressor Duty cycle refers to the amount of time a compressor can be operated in a given time period at 100 PSI, and a standard ambient temperature of 72° F.

THE TANK has an S3 50% 5-minutes on and 5-minutes off duty cycle.

If you break it down into 10-minute intervals, the compressor will run for a combined maximum of 5 minutes ON and 5 minutes OFF.

Overall Impression

THE TANK now gives me the versatility to keep a smaller, lightweight compressor in my trailer without worrying about productivity or needing two compressors. Metabo HPT did a nice job with this one.

About the author

Rob Robillard

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob Robillard

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