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menuisierJC

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02-06-2021 07:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: air compressor quiet noise db

I was getting confused about air compressor choices, so I decided to make a chart. My criteria are (1) low noise – below 70 dB, (2) less than $300 (I did a quick price check on Amazon today), and (3) max 50 pounds (and preferably less). Here is a screenshot of my chart, ranked in order of sound. Any comments would be welcome.

-- Jeffrey


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#1 posted 02-06-2021 07:55 PM

I have a larger California Air compressor than you have in your list so I can only comment on the brand. I have had it for 3 or 4 years now and it is very quiet and reliable. It is model 10020 a 2 HP compressor with a 10 gallon tank on wheels.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#2 posted 02-06-2021 08:33 PM

C-A do seem to come out on top over in the grease monkey world.
Specs seem to be written by the advertising department, not the engineers and for sure not measured performance!
Worse yet, specs on tools are just flat abstract. Double the numbers at least. I have a 5 HP Craftsman and it can’t run one DA continuously and could not even keep up with my siding nailer. My little mini is a PorterCable and it does OK for my pin nailer. That’s about it.

You made no mention what you want to use it for. Pin nailer, HPLV gun? Framing nailer? Linear sander, pneumatic drill? Tire inflater? You list numbers, but that is useless if it won’t do the job.

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#3 posted 02-06-2021 08:34 PM

Ditto on being happy with my CA. Just pick a size and do it. No anxiety.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 02-06-2021 08:48 PM

I plan on using the compressor for small nail guns, filling tires, and blowing dust. Here is a new version of the spreadsheet with 3 Makita models added. It is sorted by sound and then by weight. I am leaning toward the California Air 2010A. It’s light, moderately priced. At 60 dB, it’s pretty quiet, and puts out twice the air of the quieter models.

-- Jeffrey

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#5 posted 02-06-2021 09:24 PM

I’ve had a Rolair JC10A for probably 6 years. Got it so my wife & the dog wouldn’t freak when I was doing the house trim. I mainly use it for the nail gun, blowing dust, occasionally seating the bead on motorcycle tires (I take the valve out first) and loaning it to my brother in law. I’m pretty happy with it, but probably would have gone with an aluminum tanked Calif Air if they had been available here when I was buying.

-- Just a Duffer

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#6 posted 02-06-2021 10:34 PM

I have two compressors. I have a super quiet, small compressor in my shop that I use for the purposes that you list above. In a woodworking shop chances are you aren’t going to be shooting a lot of nails in succession so a small one can keep up. I usually shoot nails at 80 – 95 psi. If you are shooting staples then chances are you may be firing many in a row but with a little less pressure, but you may have to let it catch up. Filling up tires… it may need a lot of catching up depending on how much air you need. To top a set off it’s not a problem but if you have one that’s flat it will take a good 5 minutes or more. I purchased this for the size, the weight (15 lbs. tops), and the noise level. You can carry on a conversation at a normal level standing next to it. I also have a large jobsite type DeWalt that I’ll drag out of the shed for things like framing, fencing, and even installing baseboards and casing. I find that a small and quiet compressor, with a soft flexible hose, on a good retractable reel is perfect for the woodworking shop. Bigger isn’t always better.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#7 posted 02-06-2021 10:51 PM

“Metabo HPT (was Hitachi Power Tools) 1 Gallon Quiet Compressor | Lowe’s Canada” https://www.lowes.ca/product/air-compressors/metabo-hpt-was-hitachi-power-tools-1-gallon-quiet-compressor-888231?cq_src=google_ads&cq_cmp=6444651998&cq_con=76957851997&cq_term=&cq_med=&cq_plac=&cq_net=u&cq_pos=&cq_plt=gp&&cm_mmc=paid_search-_-google-_-aw_smart_shopping_generic_allproducts-_-71700000055981319&gclid=Cj0KCQiAmfmABhCHARIsACwPRABBvBkt6LCc7jVJvAXfnEETXixJVVT3FkKaqSzVKv3bBAUry30m7vEaAtQzEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

This one is on your list I bought this one seems ok. I had a small senco that was aluminum and even lighter if I remember correctly it was about 15 pounds this one looks similar I maybe made a mistake with the old senco as I junked it I was reading it sounded like a o ring died in it I was thinking it was the rings. That was a great little compressor even quiter that this new one way more money but it was made in the USA. Anyhow I bought this one to replace it seems ok still quiet a little heavier but more volume. I havent used it a whole bunch but so far seems ok. I am not disappointed so far. Sorry I cannot tell you more yet.

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#8 posted 02-06-2021 11:03 PM

Vacuum dust. Don’t blow it. You want dust OUT of the air, not into it.

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#9 posted 02-06-2021 11:09 PM



I have a larger California Air compressor than you have in your list so I can only comment on the brand. I have had it for 3 or 4 years now and it is very quiet and reliable. It is model 10020 a 2 HP compressor with a 10 gallon tank on wheels.

- CL810


Ditto. I have the same model and I’m very pleased with it. It is quiet enough that two people can stand next to it and carry on a conversation with some annoyance. You don’t say what you want to use it for, but your criteria doesn’t seem to allow for larger air tools or spray equipment. My 10020 has adequate CFM to spray with small to medium spray guns. I don’t use air tools except for a brad nailer. So, I can’t speak to that.

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#10 posted 02-07-2021 02:25 PM

See if you can find out where they are built. I would first pick the made in USA one if there is one. Regards Tom

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#11 posted 02-07-2021 04:57 PM



See if you can find out where they are built. I would first pick the made in USA one if there is one. Regards Tom

- 75c

I’m with you on buying things made in the USA. Unfortunately, that information is often hard to find unless you have the shipping box in front of you. Some companies advertise that they make products in the US, but when you check, it’s only some of their products.

(Even if there is no USA option, there are some countries I would rather buy from than others.)

-- Jeffrey

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#12 posted 02-07-2021 06:11 PM


I m with you on buying things made in the USA. Unfortunately, that information is often hard to find unless you have the shipping box in front of you. Some companies advertise that they make products in the US, but when you check, it s only some of their products.

(Even if there is no USA option, there are some countries I would rather buy from than others.)

- menuisierJC

Not only do you end up with a better tool that is a joy to use you also are supporting the western economies.

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#13 posted 02-07-2021 06:42 PM

I’ve got a big comressor in the shop, so I can spray, and run big air tools, but up at the house we have a California Air Tools 8010. I got it through Amazon, no problems with delivery, it was very well packed. I only add that as I had 7 big compressors “delivered” and all of them, 3 different brands all came with the heads knocked off, so they were junk on arrival. I finally just went and bought one, and drove it home myself. That Amazon delivery of the Cali Air unit was smooth, and unevenetful.

https://www.amazon.com/California-Air-Tools-8010-Compressor/dp/B00WM1VPKE/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=California+Air+Compressor&qid=1612722704&sr=8-5

We keep it in the garage for tires mostly, but we have dragged it into the house more than once to do trim work, and some construction in the basement. I’ve had no issue with nailers from pinner to full head framing nailer, shooting just fine, it will blow dust as well as any small compressor I have used, and unlike my old pancake compressor it will do tires quickly. It will not run a sprayer, and will crap out on bigger air tools, so it’s a smaller end only machine, but it excels there.

SUPER Quiet, easy to move with wheels, and handle, either my Wife or I can move it anywhere in the house, without drama, even down the basement stairs it’s light enough to carry.

Nice compressor. I got it on a price drop, for about 40 less than it’s listed now.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 02-08-2021 04:42 PM

Seems like a lot of companies are coming out with “quieter” compressors. I was walking through Lowes last week and they have Kobalt brand compressors that are “quiet” listed as under 70db. Maybe someone finally told the compressor industry that we aren’t trying to wake the dead when we turn the compressor on.

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#15 posted 02-08-2021 11:13 PM

Look into Rolair air compressors. Very quiet.

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