California Air Tools CAT-1P1060SP Review

About the company

California Air Tools has a really visionary slogan “Changing the Way the World Works”. They are all about creating products that have useful features and outstanding performance. They are well aware that everything depends on the customers and therefore provide a high-level customer service. Everything is about creating a product to satisfy the needs of the users. The company is rather a new one, founded in 2002, but yet has managed to thrive in a short period of time. I am not sure if the “changed the way the world works”, but I think that they are trying really hard.

California Air Tools CAT-1P1060SP Quiet Air Compressor

The California Air Tools CAT-1P1060SP Quiet Air Compressor is designed to give high performance and durability. It has an oil-free single piston pump that guarantees 3000 plus hours of life cycle which sounds amazing when compared to the standard 250 hours. The operation can be performed without any issues even at low temperatures and uneven terrains. With this compressor it’s no problem to work outdoors nor indoor being that it has quiet operation. It has a wide range of applications: staple guns, brad nail guns, finish nail guns, nail guns, airbrushes and blow guns.

California Air Tools CAT-1P1060SP

What’s in the box?

In this 34-pound package you will find one California Air Tools CAT-1P1060SP Quiet Air Compressor, set and ready to be used right out of the box.

Dimensions and Features

The dimensions of the compressor are 16.2 x 13 x 16.2 inches and it weighs 34 pounds (15.4 kilograms) which is somewhat considered to be light weight.

It features a 0.6 HP motor that operates at only 1680 RPM and creates less noise and less wear. It is considered to be one of the silent compressors as it produces 56 decibels of sound. Not as silent as any Silentaire product, but silent enough, with a reasonable humming. The unit is very user friendly as it has a control panel that provides every significant information.

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It gets better

The oil-free pump guarantees cleaner air and less maintenance. Which is great for your wallet! There are two pressure control gauges that make your life easier and one universal 1/4“quick connector. A nice addition are the thermal overload protector and the external current protector. So, overheating isn’t an option here. While working the unit gets just a bit warm and that’s it. It doesn’t get hot, which is a big plus. The maximum pressure it can give is 120 PSI, and the recovery time from 90 to 120 PSI is only 15 seconds! Amazing, right?! Also, I need to mention that the tank fills up from zero to full in 50 seconds. This is great time for a tank this size. In case you’re curious the warranty is one year and the compressor is ETL Certified.

User Review

A few months back, my friend Tom called me and asked if I want to do this huge airbrushing job with him. The money was great, so of course I said yes. Upon arrival I could see that we are supposed to work with this California Air Tools compressor. I haven’t used it before and its operation wasn’t familiar. But, after a few minutes of use, I can say I made a new friend.

The compressor is ruggedly made and can work under low temperatures as well.

The one-gallon tank fills up quickly while the air release valve is placed right up front. In my opinion, this is the perfect place for the valve as it is easily reachable unlike that placed underneath with an annoying screw.

The actual power draw that I measured with a kill-a-watt meter out of curiosity is between 380-400 watts when running.

As for the filling up, it takes around 47 seconds to fill from zero to full, which is great for this type of compressor.

Personally, I might consider getting a bigger tank, but that’s just me. Also, it’s a bit heavy, but not that much. If you go to the gym every other day, this is nothing for you.

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I put the air filter in, not knowing it acts as a substantial muffler. The unit was already quiet but this made it even more silent and I was amazing. Doing this job was a real pleasure since Tom and I talked and spent quality time together while making money at the same time. We didn’t need to raise our voice not once!

California Air Tools CAT-1P1060SP Quiet Air Compressor

After using it for a month I can say that this is a quiet compressor, made for indoor and outdoor use. One of the good ones and it’s also cheap!

To conclude

The California Air Tools CAT-1P1060SP Quiet Air Compressor isn’t a compressor that will change the way the world works, but is definitely a reliable and a quiet one. It’s ready for usage right out of the box and has everything you need to get started.

Whether you work inside or outside, small jobs or bigger ones, this compressor will make your life easier. Oh, yeah it’s also cheap so that’s a big plus!

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