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California Air Tools model 1610A Ultra Quiet & Oil Free Air Compressor

California Air Tools model 1610A Ultra Quiet & Oil Free Air Compressor

01-04-2014 02:36 AM by MrRon | 17 comments »

I just received the long awaited air compressor I bought off Amazon. It arrived in perfect condition by UPS as I was eating dinner. After reading the manual, I plugged it in and flipped the ON switch. I couldn’t believe how quiet this compressor was. Four rubber feet kept it anchored to the floor with no vibration. It uses a two cylinder pump driven off an induction motor. It is oil free and has an aluminum tank. At 35 pounds, even a 79 year old can lug this around without much effort. ...

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It works great and won't bug anyone upstairs

It works great and won't bug anyone upstairs

01-22-2014 08:54 AM by nerdkraft | 9 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 complai...

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Great Compressor, Lousy Packing Job, Yay Amazon

Great Compressor, Lousy Packing Job, Yay Amazon

08-03-2015 04:23 PM by jonah | 6 comments »

For those that have never experienced an ultra-quiet compressor, it’s really hard to overstate how much quieter they are than your average machine. The California Air Tools 2010A I have sounds like an average dishwasher from about 5-8 feet away. In other words, you know it’s on but it does not overwhelm you with noise. Other compressors I have used (Porter Cable pancake, Harbor Freight pancake & a larger HF wheeled model) are so insanely loud by comparison that I would neve...

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