|Item Weight||37 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17.3 x 14.2 x 14.6 inches|
|Item model number||CAT-1610A|
|Amperage Capacity||8 A|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Maximum Weight Capacity||35 Pounds|
|Sound Level||60 dB|
|Warranty Description||Limited Warranty 1 Year|
California Air Tools CAT-1610A Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free 1.0 Hp 1.6-Gallon Aluminum Tank Air Compressor
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The CALIFORNIA AIR TOOLS 1610A Ultra Quiet air compressor is designed to be one of the quietest air compressors in the industry having only 60 decibels of sound. This air compressor makes less sound than a normal conversation (65 decibels). The powerful 1.0 HP motor operates at only 1680 RPM creating less noise and less wear. The Oil-Free Dual Piston Pump System is engineered for high performance and durability .The 1.6 gallon aluminum air tank is lightweight (35lbs) and rust resistant making it very easy to transport and store. This air compressor is ideal for anyone working where noise is a major issue
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The California Air Tools 1610A Ultra Quiet air compressor is designed to be one of the quietest air compressors in the industry having only 60 decibels of sound. This air compressor makes less sound than a normal conversation (65 decibels). The powerful 1.0 HP motor operates at only 1680 RPM creating less noise and less wear. The Oil-Free Dual Piston Pump System is engineered for high performance and durability. The 1.6-Gallon aluminum air tank is lightweight (35lbs) and rust resistant making it very easy to transport and store. This air compressor is ideal for anyone working where noise is a major issue
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- Aluminum tank
- Portable and not too heavy
- It's quiet!
- Well made
- Lower air flow than a noisy compressor, but this isn't really a con. The specs are what they are, and they either meet your needs or they don't.
I wanted an air compressor for general use in my garage. I blow dust off my table saw and work bench, inflate car and bike tires, and use an occasional brad nailer. This compressor keeps up, and while the smaller tank volume means it runs more often, it's not really an issue due to the sound level.
If I need a higher volume compressor at a later date, I'll still probably use this one for most of my needs.
Haven't tried it with my air-chisel, or any other heavy duty items to see if it can keep up.
I did add my own regulator so I could make finer adjustments. It did come with some sort of regulator, but couldn't figure out what it does as the adjustments seemed to have no affect. Also want to adjust the level at which the tank decides to refill. Instructions were worthless. Other than that it seems to be a quality product. For small jobs or airbrushing I would recommend.
I bought it via the amazon warehouse. The shipping was lightning quick as usual. There was some minor shipping damage - air filter housing was bent out of shape, one of the plastic fan housings was stove in a little, and there was a crack in one of the plastic cylinder head covers. Nothing that materially affected the operation of the compressor. I went on the California Air Tools website and left a message there detailing the issues and asking for replacement parts. I had a response inside two hours, informing me they were shipping the replacement parts out that day at no cost. I had read in other Amazon reviews that the customer service was good (one of the reasons I bought this device) - but this was exceptional. Thank you George Lopez for the super service! I had the parts the next day!
The compressor works very well and is certainly quiet enough to run in the house without issue (which my old PC pancake compressor definitely is NOT). It cuts out at 120 psi as advertised. So far I am very pleased with the purchase and would recommend California Air Tools to anyone.
I bought this compressor to replace a very old and noisy Campbell-Hausfeld wheel-around horizontal tank compressor that I've had forever (I bought the old C-H at Montgomery Ward, so that gives you some idea of how old it is. BTW, it is still working!) I wanted something quieter that I could co-exist with in my basement workshop, and more portable that I could easily tote when needed. The CAT-1610A fits both needs nicely.
It's cute (not an attribute that one normally associates with air compressors). It's light enough that my wife or daughter can carry it if they ever need to. It is a lot quieter than the old C-H - as others have mentioned, it's not whisper-quiet but you can carry on a conversation at a normal talking level while it's running.
Others have mentioned the fit and finish of their compressors as a bit sloppy - connectors that look like they were attacked with pliers, leaky joints, and so on. Mine seems to be OK and has no leaks. It's obviously built with low cost in mind (or, as we say in my trade, "value engineered") but it's fine so far.
I agree with other reviewers about the on/off lever, which is part of the pressure switch assembly. It's wedged in back of the tank pressure gauge in such a way that you have to jam your finger in an awkward place to turn the unit on and off. That's kind of stupid. They could have either extended the tank pressure gauge out a little more to give more clearance, or used a bottom-fed gauge and mounted it face up (which would also keep you from having to bend way over or crouch to read it). Since my eyesight ain't what it used to be, I might replace both gauges with larger ones that are easier to read anyway.
I like the design and placement of the drain valve. It is a quarter-turn ball valve rather than the "petcock-style" (threaded valve controlled with a butterfly handle) that is used on a lot of other compressors. It is plainly visible and easily reached and operated from the front of the compressor. However, since it's a small valve and has a small opening, it makes a really piercing high-pitched whistle when you open it. So, even though the compressor is quiet in operation, you should probably wear ear protection when you drain the tank :-)