Bostitch Air Compressors

Bostitch is in the business of hand tools.

Bostitch also sells air compressors. Why?

Bostitch focuses on the hand tool business, including a broad range of air tools, and they offer Bostitch air compressors to augment the sale of air tools. If you are in the market for an air tool and need an air compressor to run it, why not get a compressor from the same brand?

Ever wonder about how the name Bostitch came about? How about the Boston Wire Stitcher Company. Over the years the name was contracted to Bostitch.

Bostitch air compressors - www.fix-my-compressor.comThe thing is Bostitch, like so many other brands of air compressors, are not made by Bostitch. They are private-labeled for them with the Bostitch markings, and sold through the Bostitch outlets.

That they don’t make them makes the supply of spare parts, and the knowledge to specify what spare part is needed, as suspect. The Bostitch air compressors are sold through all the big box stores North America wide. Ever seen any spare parts for the Bostitch compressor pump or electric motor at any of these outlets? Not likely.

Lots of used Bostitch air compressors can be found on all on-line auction sites.

Bostitch air compressors parts and service

But if you need parts or service, where do you go?

You go here:

It is interesting to note that this service outlet supports Bostitch, Porter Cable, Black & Decker and DeWalt compressors and tools. Makes you think they are all connected, doesn’t it. Well they are. It seems all are part of the Black & Decker organization.

In any case, you have an issue with a Bostitch compressor you, so far, cannot solve. Post your question as a comment below. Maybe we can help, or certainly, other Bostitch air compressor users may be able to.

Make sure you include your model number, and a photo too, if you would.

Do you own and use a Bostitch air compressor? Please have a look at the questions posted, and if you can offer a suggestion, add a comment.





  1. Russell Perkins says:

    I have a Bostitch 6gal air tank when it gets to 150psi it releases the air down to a 100psi and keeps running what do I do to fix it?

    • Please tell me from where the air is being released, Russell. Is it the PRV, for example? Where?

  2. I have Bostitch 150 psi 6 gallon oil less air compressor. When I turn on the compressor the tank fills and the regulator registers the air pressure. When I connect the tool I want to use to the discharge connector directly and pull the trigger air will come out of the tool itself. When I connect the tool to the end of the air hose and pull the trigger you can hear the air die out almost immediately.

    I am hoping that you can confirm whether I need the entire manifold regulator assembly that i found before i buy it since its about half the cost of a new air compressor. I appreciate your help and I think this website blog was very helpful.

    • Kyle, when you insert the connector on the air tool directly into the discharge coupling, you say you have air. Does the tool run? Can you determine if it is running correctly? If so, and when you plug the same tool connector into the coupler on the air line, and you lose pressure, that points either to a connector / coupler mis-match on the air line, or, something is plugging to the hose. If the air tool dies when plugged directly into the discharge coupler on the compressor, then that suggests that the regulator is failing.

  3. David Orange Jr says:

    I have a new bostich compressor that keeps running, the out psi is stops at 90 and the other about 80 but keeps running and neither gauge goes up?

  4. Paul Hai says:

    The image shows a Bostitch Textor twin cylinder air compressor model HHG-12.

    I have one of these and would like to know firstly about lubrication of the compressor and where to get more information so I can restore and maintain it properly. `

    • Is it possible that your compressor is a Bostitch Textron compressor? We did see one listing on line for this model, same image in fact, but do not have any further information except that the cut in is supposed to be 115 PSI and off at 150 PSI.

      As to maintaining it, drain the tank. Examine the liquid for rust and particles, which may suggest a weakened tank wall. We cannot see from the image if this compressor has an oil sump, oil fill port or dipstick. If it does not, you don’t need to be concerned about adding oil. Clean off the compressor, including carefully cleaning air intake to the motor and any cooling fins on the pump. Remove and clean the intake filter. Start it up, let it run up to 30 PSI and shut it down. Listen and look for air leaks. Drain the tank again. Start and run up to 40 PSI. Repeat, this time pulling and pushing on the PRV. Use a soft rubber mallet and tap firmly – but not hard – all over the tank watching for easily indented areas which would suggest a weakened tank wall. Any tank weldments need to be paid special attention to. You cannot be sure of the safety of any old compressor tank without a hydraulic pressure test of the tank. Be aware of that. All good. Run up the tank pressure in increments to be ensure no leaks develop. Eventually you’ll get to cut out pressure. Make sure the compressor stops there. Then open the tank drain and drop the pressure back to cut in to make sure the pressure switch works properly. Examine the gauges as they do fail over time. Keep it clean, don’t over use it, and if it is oil lubed, change the oil and keep the sump full to the sight glass or dip stick level.

  5. I have a Bostitch Model CAP60PB-OF COMPRESSOR THAT stopped sending air to the hose.

    It shows pressure in the tank but I need to push very hard on the regulator cap to get it to pass air thru to the hose. The locking ring threads are ok but should the exterior cap also have threads that allow it to turn in to reduce the pressure and engage the diaphragm?

    I need to press the cap down real hard to get air out of the hose.

  6. I have a bostitch cap1580wb that is giving me a headache. The initial problem was that air would continue to drain from the unload valve while the pressure switch was set to auto. It would not stop releasing pressure. Then when the pressure got low enough the motor would try to start again but then fail and trip a breaker. I have replaced the pressure switch but have now found a new problem. The replacement switch had a lower cut off psi which I did not think would be a problem but as I have found now the compressor just keeps running. Since this is an older machine I have not been able to find any information on how to resolve this issue. Please help before I loose my noodle.

    • Interesting, when we check and see what type of compressor you have, the Bostitch part number you provided returns a gasoline powered air compressor as shown below?


      Regardless, the original compressor problem was likely caused by a leaking tank check valve.

      When you say the current problem is a lower cut off PSI yet the compressor keeps running? A lower PSI setting on the pressure switch should mean that the compressor turns off faster. If the pressure in the tank never gets to the cut out pressure setting however, that does not sound like a pressure switch problem, rather, it suggests you have a pump problem. Likely a valve or gasket failure, or both.

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