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California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Review

California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Air CompressorAir compressors generate and store compressed air that is used to inflate many different things but also to power various air tools. Because of the increasing versatility of air compressors, it is not surprising that this is a growing industry.

With air compressors, we can easily inflate tires, use air tools for hobbies, or even DIY projects around the home. The same can be done with power tools, but air tools are quieter, eco-friendlier, and generally last longer.

We have chosen an air compressor from a well-known manufacturer for our California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S review. The model was researched and tested. We will supply the results in our report. The review will contain the technical specifications of the unit, the pros and cons, warranty information and more.

California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Specifications

This air compressor comes in a very portable design. The total weight of the unit is just 29.5 pounds, making it so light that anyone could carry it around with the onboard handle. Given the small weight, it’s not surprising that the tank capacity of this steel air tank is only 1 gallon of compressed air. The maximum pressure threshold of this machine is 120 PSI.

Although this model is small, do not let that fool you, it does have a good motor. The motor runs at 0.6 HP, with a peak of 1.2 HP, and helps produce an airflow rate of 1.20 SCFM at 90 PSI. The manufacturer has specifically made this engine to run at a lower RPM. The reason for this is to make it efficient, but also quiet as well.

This air compressor is so silent that it can run at 56 dBA, which is around the noise level of a normal conversation between two people. The unit has a quick refill time of 50 seconds, which means less waiting time while in the middle of using air tools.

The pump on this air compressor is oil-free, which means very low maintenance and fewer costs for the owner. To prevent power outages while using this air compressor, the unit was designed to have a low amp draw of 4.5 amps.

Customer Support and Warranty

The California Air Tools company has worked for years to make a good product and a reliable customer service for its users. If you have issues or questions, the company will answer in a reasonable timeframe. They often make videos demonstrating their products and what they feature.

If there is an issue with the unit, the company prefers to handle these problems themselves. That means you should contact them first via their website, email or service department phone line. The unit is covered by a 1-year limited warranty. For more information about what the warranty covers, you can check the user manual of the product.

What to Expect from California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S

Because of the capacity of this air compressor, you can tackle various inflation jobs and some non-intensive work with air tools. That means light engraving, hobby painting with an airbrush, and doing some light carpentry with nailers and staplers.

Since the model is so quiet, you can use it indoors with no problems for trim work or even using brad nailers. The compact design makes it easy to store in your garage, on a shelf, under a bench or in a closet. For small jobs in your garage or workshop, this little air compressor can offer a suitable level of performance.

Be careful when using the compressor for the first time, as the manufacturing process does sometimes leave small metal pellets in the air tank which you need to drain via the release valve.


  • Can be used with nailers, brad nailers, staplers and for inflation
  • Surprisingly quiet motor while being used
  • Quick refill speed, thanks to the efficient motor
  • Comes with 2 onboard gauges


  • Low tank capacity means it is not good for prolonged use
  • A limited number of air tools can be used

Wrap Up

This portable air compressor performed well in all of the tasks that it is meant to do. The air tank fills up quickly and the motor doesn’t get that hot from continuous use. This air compressor can support you in your small projects or work related to your hobbies.

We hope we have supplied you with all of the relevant info in our California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S review. If we have forgotten to mention something, or you have a question, please leave a comment and we will reply as soon as we can.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker learned that being a cyclist doesn’t only mean riding – he decided to build his own workshop for maintenance and fixing. Soon enough, he realized that there is no decent workshop without air tools (of various types). Through research, trial, and error, he decided to gather all his knowledge (so far) into these blogs and guides.

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