California Air Tools Steel Tank Air Compressor

Last updated date: May 10, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

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We looked at the top 1 Portable Air Compressors and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Best Air Compressor Reviews, Wise Pick, Budget Air Compressors, RX Tooler and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Portable Air Compressor you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 98 expert reviews, the California Air Tools California Air Tools Steel Tank Air Compressor placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.7
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
608 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Extremely powerful,yet quite pump. You can have a normal conversation while standing right next to it.
- BestReviews
Here is where the CAT-10020 shines. Putting out only 70 decibels, it’s a huge difference from the normal 80-90 decibel models out there. It may not seem like a huge difference, but trust us, you’ll be thankful for it. You won’t be annoying any neighbors even when you’re working in the garage at night and carrying on a normal conversation with another person standing right next to the compressor is completely doable.
- Best Air Compressor Reviews
Many users turned to this air compressor because it is rated as the quietest 10-gallon air compressor on the market today, which can make a big difference if you are planning to use it frequently.
- Wise Pick
The problem with using an air compressor indoors is the noise so the California Air Tools CAT -10020 gets off to a great start – it’s a damn quiet air compressor. At 70 decibels it is quieter than the average conversation. Despite this, it has a two horsepower motor that keeps the noise down by powering two pistons to fill up the tank.
- Budget Air Compressors
Since this air compressor operates with an oil-free pump, you can expect the least amount of maintenance. Not only is it oil-free, but the pump is also durable and long-lasting.
- RX Tooler
May 17, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
At 90 pounds, it is not as easy to move around as some other units.
- BestReviews
On/off switch not in the best location.
- Best Air Compressor Reviews
Many users report that the unit stops working within the first year of use and that California Air Tools frequently declines to honor their already short one-year warranty.
- Wise Pick
Wheels not exactly the best – that’s why we didn’t mention them.
- Budget Air Compressors
Rather massive for a portable air compressor (90 pounds).
- RX Tooler
May 17, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The CALIFORNIA AIR TOOLS 10020 Ultra Quiet air compressor is designed to be one of the quietest 2.0 Hip electric air compressors in the industry having only 70 decibels of sound. The powerful 2.0 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 oil-free pump allows you to use in different temperatures and uneven terrains. The 10.0 gallon steel air tank with wheels is easy to store and move freely. The 10.0 gallon air tank will fill (from empty to full) in less than 130 seconds. The control panel comes complete with 2 - 1/4" quick release connectors that will allow you to use up to 2 tools at the same time. This air compressor delivers 5.30 CFM at 90 PSI allowing you to use larger air tools and more air tools at the same time. Having a low amp draw of only14.0 amps allows you to use normal 15 amp outlets. Powerful and maneuverable this air compressor is ideal where noise in a shop, garage or work area is a major issue.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Makita Big Bore Sir Compressor
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
2. California Air Tools Steel Tank Air Compressor
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
3. DEWALT Pancake Compressor
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
4. PORTER-CABLE Pancake Compressor
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
5. EPAuto Portable Air Compressor Pump
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 21
6. Kensun Portable Air Compressor Pump
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Helteko Portable Air Compressor
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
8. STANLEY FATMAX Air Compressor
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 5
9. Senco Portable Compressor
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Campbell Hausfield Air Compressor
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 13

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