California Air Tools 2010A Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free 1.0 HP 2.0-Gallon Aluminum Tank Air Compressor Review

The California Air Tools 2010A Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free 2.0-Gallon Aluminum Tank Air Compressor is a hotdog compressor is an excellent tool for DIY enthusiasts. With a maximum PSI of 120, this unit can power many small tools for home use, and it can provide inflation easily with the correct adaptors. This air compressor is not well suited for professional use such as framing or roofing. Although this is a small enough unit, it is still quite heavy, making it difficult to move, so setting it up in a garage or workshop of sorts would be ideal.

The CAT-2010A has a rust-free, aluminum tank, as well as the standard features of any small air compressor: two pressure control gauges, one universal ¼” quick connector, thermal overload protector, air filter, and 4-foot power cord.

Specifications

  • 35.3 pounds
  • 18.5 x 14 x 13.5 inches
  • 1 HP
  • 2-gallon tank
  • Electric-powered
  • 110 Volts
  • 3.10 CFM @ 40 PSI
  • 2.29 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • 60 dBA

What it’s Good For

Like many modern air compressors, this unit has an oil-free pump, making it low maintenance; however, this also means that you must be careful about overuse causing damage to the unlubricated pump components. That said, the manufacturer does boast that this unit has been designed to have a lifespan of over 3,000 hours. Just be sure to space out your use a bit whenever possible and always be sure to take care of your machine if it is operating unusually.

While the smaller tank of this unit may be a deterrent to those looking to operate heavier air tools, the CAT-2010A is perfect for hobbyists, and can easily power smaller tools such as brad nailers and airbrushes. The maximum PSI of 120 and smaller tank certainly do have their advantages:

  • Fill time from empty to full is only 50 seconds
  • Recovery from 90 to 120 PSI is 14 seconds

The Pros and Cons

There are definite downsides to this California Air Tools model. This unit does not include a hose, so be sure to order one separately to avoid having to wait to use this product once it arrives. The weight also makes it difficult to carry, and makes it one of the heavier units in this category, with many other models with larger tanks coming in at a lower weight. With the maximum PSI being lower than, say, most pancake models, this unit cannot support more than one user, and only features one quick connector.

It could easily be argued that the “pros” of this air compressor make up for its shortcomings. Coming in at 60 dBA, it is definitely one of the quieter models on the market, which only strengthens the argument that it is good for at-home use. The projected life span of more than 3,000 hours means that hobbyists and DIY’ers can plan for this unit to last a long time with their limited and light use. Although the description says that the pump runs at 1 HP, it is noted that it can reach a peak of 2 HP, making it plenty powerful for its intended uses.

Conclusion

Overall, the California Air Tools 2010A is a great tool for most uses short of larger nail guns. You can know that you made a good choice in compressor knowing that this model is UL certified. Electric power and a low noise output make it ideal for at-home use, and for users who prefer a low maintenance machine in their personal work space. If you are looking for a long-lasting air compressor for these kinds of small projects, this model may be perfect for you.

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