California Air Tools 10020C Ultra Quiet Oil-Free Review

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California Air Tools have manufactured an air compressor that enters the market on par with popular brands such as Dewalt and Porter-Cable. The ultra-light California Air Tools 10020C Ultra Quiet Oil-Free and Powerful Air Compressor gives a great duty cycle, good construction and great overall value. Here we have delved deeper into the 10020C’s specifications to find what makes it a contender for the top spot among portable air compressors. It certainly comes close.

At-A-Glance Specs
Brand:
California Air Tools
Model:
10020C
Category:
Contractor
Style:
Portable
Weight:
82.5-lbs
Tank Size:
10 Gallon
Peak HP:
2
CFM@90 PSI:
5.3
Max Pressure:
135 PSI
Pump Type:
Oil-free
Oil Type:
N/A
Noise:
 70 dB
Rating:
(1-5 stars)

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Size

The 10020C is tiny and weighs just 26 pounds. It is comfortable to carry and compact. You will be hard pressed to find a compressor that offers the portability of this unit from California Air Tools. At just 18.1 x 17.2 x 18.5 inches it is small enough to fit in the boot of even the smallest vehicle.

Performance

Despite the small size and compact design, this air compressor gives a decent CFM rate. At 90 PSI it maintains a 2.0 CFM, while at 40 PSI it is capable of 3.0 CFM. This is adequate for most small hand tools or airbrushing, however for short durations due to the limited capacity of the tank. It is more than you would expect, giving good performance for most home, automotive and other workshops. The high duty cycle provided gives you around an hour or more of continuous use at 2.0 CFM, rather impressive for a small compressor. Powered by a 2HP motor, the 10020C just keeps running.

Pump Type

You never have any maintenance concerns other than keeping the unit free from dust and debris. The motor is oil free never requires any attention other than cleaning.

Noise Level

This air compressor is louder than you would expect. Reaching 70dB in close proximity, the noise levels are on par with far larger models. Around 70dB is slightly louder than a loud conversation and the 10020C (Don’t get confuse with CAT-10020 ) does not whine, but rather carries a hum. It is not an excessively noisy and can be used over an extensive period in urban areas without disturbing anyone.

Who It’s For

This is a handy air compressor for both professionals and occasional use around the home. Inflation is extremely quick and the unit runs cool when performing more arduous tasks. It is suited to anyone who needs access to a portable compressor on a frequent basis.

Pros

  • Maintenance Free
  • Low Amp 120V Motor – Starts in Any Weather
  • Ultra-Light Design
  • Quick-Connect Coupler Provided
  • Excellent Price

Cons

  • High Noise Level Relative to Size

Final Verdict

This tool carries an estimated life cycle of three-thousand hours. One cannot argue with the low price that this powerful little compressor is provided at, or the performance that it gives. Backed by a reliably one year warranty, it makes a worthy option for any professional contractor or avid home user. Other than being rather loud, the California Air Tools 10020C Ultra Quiet Oil-Free and Powerful Air Compressor is one of the best compact units available.

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