Hitachi EC12 14.5-amp 2-Horsepower 4-Gallon Twin Hot Dog Air Compressor

Hitachi EC12 Air Compressor
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Review Summary:

A small air compressor, with a great tank capacity of 4 gallon and good recovery time.

The Hitachi EC12 Hot Dog Air Compressor stands up to the Hot Dog name. It is a great compressor and is dependable over a long period of time. It easily can run pneumatic tools and can handle more than one nail gun to get the job done. The horsepower gives it enough “oomph” to put out consistent compression at 90 PSI. There is a lot of compressors on the market to choose from, and Hitachi is ranked highly. Known for their high quality, Hitachi once again has delivered an air compressor that is durable for the very competitive market.

Power as a Plus

If you are looking for an air compressor that can give you sustainability over time, this is the right choice for you. The cast iron, oil-lubricated pump puts out 125 PSI. It has twin stack air tanks with a 4 gallons capacity. The powerful Direct-Drive Electric motor is 2 horsepower. This robust motor not only lasts a long time, gives maximum efficiency and performance, but has a line regulator with gauge. It is ready to get to work right out of the box.

Factors that Count

The Hitachi EC 14.5 amp has a great recovery time. If you have a big job to do it can handle it. The air delivery system has an all metal interior fan and an intake filter that can be replaced with one screw. It even has a thermal protection feature that guards against overheating and will automatically shut down before damage occurs. This 60 lbs. compressor is known for its long life.

Pros and Cons


  • Very High Quality and Durability
  • Portable with handle
  • High pressure output
  • Can handle multiple pneumatic tools
  • Starts easily with on and off toggle
  • Replicable filters for added protection
  • Thermal Protection with automatic shut off
  • 2 horse power Oil Lubricated motor


  • Handle placement gives portability, but the unit tilts off center a bit.
  • Regulator placement makes twin manifold pipes easy to get knocked off. Common in big compressors.
  • This is a heavy unit so you need some muscle, but it’s perfect to put in trucks. Doesn’t slide much.

Hitachi EC12 Ratings & Reviews

Amazon reports 65 customer reviews that give a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I think that the major complaints are mentioned above. These were the same that I found, but all but one of the reviews gave tips on how they fixed the problems. Over all reviewers raved about the durability and some had tried to max it out and struggled to do so. Many liked the fact that it was a synthetic oil compressor verse the popular oil-free units. One review said that he had run two nail guns consistently for a year. He stated that the only real maintenance he had to perform was an oil change.


Overall the Hitachi EC12 Hot Dog Air Compressor is an efficient unit. If you are looking for a workhorse that can power your construction crew this Hitachi can handle it. If you are someone like me who does woodworking or remodeling it is quiet enough not to make the neighbors upset. I would defiantly recommend that you give this compressor some serious consideration.

Along the line of the Hitachi air compressor is the Grip-rite. Check out our Grip-rite GR152CM Air Compressor

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