|Review by nerdkraft||posted 01-22-2014 08:54 AM||3074 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
TL;DR – would recommend. Quiet but not silent. Works for driving 18GA brads and blowing off parts of the shop. Great value.
I live in San Francisco in an 1897 built victorian. While I’m fortunate enough to have some shop space what is officially a ‘storage’ area, the building has little insulation and all the bones are huge timbers that transmit sound and vibration like crazy. As such, my first (mis)adventure in getting a PC pancake compressor quickly led to complaints of the whole place shaking and me selling it to a friend.
That’s why I’ve been eying the California Air Tools 1610A. After watching a couple of videos on youtube it seemed quiet but then I saw MrRon's Review and decided to order.
Is it quiet? It is certainly quiet enough to comfortably use indoors without hearing protection! It has a little thump thump noise where you certainly will notice it but it doesn’t bother me at all. You could talk over it and I think it’s quieter than a shop-vac. Compared to that PC pancake though, it’s an incredible difference.
Sort of. It’s light enough where I can move it around but I prefer not to move it.
Does it work? 18 GA brad nailer works great. I can get about a dozen nails in before it starts to cycle for 10 seconds or so. I’ve also used it with a blower to clean out the guts of my lathe. It worked fine for that but cycling happened pretty quickly since I was essentially just letting the air out. Per the CAT website, it’s enough for brad nailers, the occasional framing nail but not for HVLP applications or for air mechanic’s tools. At some point, I’d love to get a big bad giant fridge-sized compressor but until then, this one is awesome.
If you’re looking for a quiet compressor to use indoors, I’d recommend it. 2 weeks and about a hundred brads later, I am quite happy. If I had to do it all over again, I’d totally buy again.