California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Review – Take A look At The Portable Air Compressor In More Detail

California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S light and quiet portable compressor

The California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S has been described as compact, light and quiet. You are not going to run continuous running tools like grinder or sandblaster with it. That said, it can be a good solution for filling air into car tires and inflatable toys. Read the review below if you want to get familiar with the properties of this portable air compressor.

Before anything else, the 1P1060S air compressor is advertised as having only 56 decibels of sound. The customers who bought this product commented on how low the noise level produced. Yes it makes noise but based on the customer reviews, you can be sure that the sound level during operation is acceptable. For a comparison, sixty-five is about the sound of normal conversation.

The .6 HP motor that operates at only 1680 RPM is responsible for the reduced noise emission and, in turn, a more comfortable working environment. The CAT-1P1060S is a corded electric air compressor. It is designed to run directly off ac line power (110v / 60 hz), without the need for a battery. The motor pulls about 4.5 amps. Low AMP draw reduces instances of tripped breakers.

Maximum pressure is 120 PSI (8.2 bar). The pressure switch is factory pre-set to shut off at between 115-120 PSI and to re-start at between 85-90 PSI. There is a knob to regulate the air flow, allowing the stream of air coming from the output to remain steady. In terms of safety, this home use compressor utilizes thermal overload protector to prevent the motor from overheating.

Talking about motor, it is important to note that the compressor only puts out 1.2 CFM of air at 90 PSI (1.6 CFM at 40 PSI). However, the CFM rating is better than the competition. The Rolair AB5 and the Senco PC1010, for instance, only deliver 70 CFM at 90 psi while the Makita A001 generates 0.45 CFM of compressed air at 90 PSI.

Generally, compresors in the same class as this one will run air tools that require little cfm like brad nailer or framing nailer without any issues. Just be sure to check the CFM requirements of your tools before placing an order. If you need something bigger, higher-end compressors are offered by the company.

The CAT-1P1060S has a one gallon steel tank with two pressure control gauges. It only takes 50 seconds to fill the tank from empty to full. The oil-free single piston pump, that translates to less maintenance and costs, is fast. It recharges the tank from 90 PSI to 120 PSI in 15 seconds. Weighing only 29 pounds, it is relatively light to carry around when needed. The compact design (12.5″L x 14.7″W x 14.75″H) means it is easy to store in tight spaces.

At this point, it is worth mentioning that the 1P1060S air compressor has a good review rating at Amazon (4.8 out of 5 stars). Most of the customer feedback has been very impressive. Click here to visit Amazon and see the comparison between this product and some 0.5-0.6 HP air compressors from different manufacturers.

This small unit is not intended for large tools or tasks. Further, no accessories come with this little compressor. With all that being said, most of the reviewers have been satisfied with its quality design and performance. It has a good amount of air pressure and capacity for those small jobs around the house. The oil-free single piston pump is claimed to have a life cycle before wear of 3000 plus hours. Accessories are cheap enough to purchase.

The California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S may not be the most quietest air compressor on the market. Have a look at the All-Power America APC4406 Quietzone that claims to run around 55 dB. However, people seem happy with its relatively quiet operation. If you are looking for a quiet air compressor that comes with oil less design for blowing dust off a project and other small tasks, then the CAT-1P1060S is definitely one to consider.

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