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California Air Tools SP Ultra Quiet & Oil-Free 1-HP 5.5-Gallon Steel Tank Air Compressor

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Model: CAT-5510SE
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4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
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Application
Consumer Grade Air Compressors
Style
Portable - Horizontal
CFM
2.2
CFM Rated @ 90 PSI
Tank Size
5.5
Gallons


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Powerful 1-HP SP-Series UL Motor
Low 1680 RPM creates less noise & wear
60 dBA is ideal for indoor use where noise is an issue

Oil-Free Dual Piston Pump System
3.1 CFM @ 40 PSI; 2.2 CFM @ 90 PSI; 120 PSI maximum
Has a 3000+ hour life cycle before wear; comparable units are 500 hours or less
Works in a variety of temperatures & uneven terrains

5.5 Gallon Steel Air Tank
Easy to transport & store at only 50 pounds

Air Filter
Cleaner air for better tool operation

Designed For Increased Duty Cycles & Run Times
Time to fill tank from empty to full - 120 Seconds
Recovery time from 90 PSI to 120 PSI - 40 Seconds

Top Mounted Controls
Dual gauges so you can check tank & tool pressure at a glance
1/4" air outlet with a quick connector for fast hose changes

Thermal Overload Protector
Protects the motor from overheating
8.5 low amp draw works on most household outlets
Engine
HP
1
Motor
Voltage
110 Volt AC
Phase
1-Phase
Amp Draw
8.5
dBA
60
Pump
CFM
2.2
CFM Rated @
90 PSI
Pump Material
Aluminum
Pump Type
Single-Stage
Max PSI
120 PSI
After Cooler
No
Pump Drive
Direct Drive
Oil Type
Oil Free
Tank
Tank Size
5.5 Gallons
Tank Outlet
1/4 Inch
Electronic Drain Valve
No
Tank Orientation
Horizontal
Accessories
Pressure Gauge
Yes
Air Filter
Yes
Overview
Certification
UL
Weight
50 Pounds
Product Length
25.5 Inches
Product Width
11.5 Inches
Product Height
21 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
743369755111
Model
CAT-5510SE

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California Air Tools CAT-5510SE Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Quiet (20)
Price (11)
Easy To Use (11)
Light Weight (10)
Easy To Store (7)
Cons
None (12)
Shipping Company (1)
Packaging (1)
A little more than most ... (1)
Expensive (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Jim, the Air Compressor Expert
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Total Reviews
234 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
3738 Helpful Votes
Air Compressors Direct Recommended

This model is great for DIY or jobsite uses.

The low 1680 RPM operation creates less noise & wear than 3450 RPM consumer grade compressors. And it boasts a 3000+ hour life cycle before wear while comparable units are 500 hours or less.

The 60 dBA sound level is ideal for indoor use where noise is an issue & the 8.5 low amp draw works on most household outlets.
Jim Recommends This Model
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Darryl B.
Richmond, KY
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 11/28/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Nice Compressor
I should have got one of these long ago. Very quiet. It works great.

Sure puts the off-brand compressors to shame.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None
Darryl Recommends This California Air Tools Product
Darryl's Experience With Air Compressors Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Very easy website, set up well."
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Joseph K.
Anderson, CA
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 8/17/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
07
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Nice Tool
Unpacked the unit, plugged it into the wall and was instantly happy with the sound level. I couldn't get my old pancake compressor booted out of the shop soon enough. What a difference! Thanks California Air Tools!
Pros: Quiet, Easy To Use, Price, Light Weight
Cons: None
Joseph Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Edward G.
Prescott, AZ
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 8/12/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Amazingly Quiet! It Flutters!
I purchased a small because too often things do not turn out as advertised. Now, I wish that I had purchased the bigger compressor.
Pros: Quiet, Light Weight, High Quality, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: None
Edward Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Jared V.
Lafayette, LA
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 12/12/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
03
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Am Pleased To Say This Is An Awesome Air Compressor
This compressor has been a Godsend with helping me rebuild my house that flooded in August 2016 in Louisiana.

Incredibly quiet and can power every tool that I have used so far from framing to painting and finishing restoration of house. Can't wait to finally finish my house so I can use it for other projects around the house.
Pros: Quiet, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Expensive, A little more than most but this will outlast any other on the ma
Jared Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Marv E.
Eloy, AZ
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 10/8/16
REVIEWED
NOV.
01
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Quiet!!
Very quiet!!
Pros: Quiet, Price, Light Weight, High Quality
Marv Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Richard T.
Las Vegas, NV
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 1/30/17
REVIEWED
MAR.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quietest Compressor I've Ever Owned
Quietest air compressor I've ever owned. Many of the others required hearing protection to use. Wheels make moving it around easy.

I only use it to fill tires on a motor home and vehicles, and blowing out dusty items, so can't comment on other applications such as use with power tools.
Pros: Quiet, Light Weight, Easy To Use, Easy To Store
Richard Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Dale C.
Kentwood, LA
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 12/18/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
27
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quietness Is A Novelty And A Pleasure.
Very impressed thus far with performance, construction and value.
Pros: Quiet, Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Packaging
Cons: None
Dale Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Ullrich S.
Baytown, TX
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 12/14/16
REVIEWED
JAN.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Quiet Air I Could Find
Airbrushing does not lend itself well when the Craftsman pancake compressor decides to launch itself to a cacophony of noise that sounds like a person bending steel with a four pound mallet. So to the twenty gallon Craftsman on the other side of an insulated wall. Worse! Now you get the echo to cope with.

Then I started to look for small quiet compressors, and for the money I made the correct choice. It is not as quiet as the 400.00-500.00 hundred dollar compressors that you cannot... more
Pros: Quiet, Price, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: None so far
Ullrich Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Lisa A.
Grand Prairie, TX
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 7/6/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
22
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Product!
Great value for this product especially for doing things around the house.

The best thing is how quiet it is...doesn't compare to other products on the market!
Pros: Quiet, Easy To Use, Price, High Quality
Cons: None
Lisa Recommends This California Air Tools Product
Lisa's Experience With Air Compressors Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Excellent experience, very pleased!"
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Richard L.
Lowville, NY
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 6/15/17
REVIEWED
AUG.
18
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
A Quiet Air Compressor
I have had the compressor for a few weeks now. It has worked great.

The best part is that it is quiet. I have had it in the kitchen, and you can still have a conversation with someone. It is the right size for what I need it for.
Pros: Quiet, Price, Easy To Use, Easy To Store
Cons: None
Richard Recommends This California Air Tools Product
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Michael S.
Pasadena, CA
Purchased from Air Compressors Direct
Purchased 12/29/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAR.
05
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Compressor
This compressor is great! Super quiet, easy controls and access. Great.
Pros: Quiet, Light Weight
Cons: None
Michael Recommends This California Air Tools Product
Michael's Experience With Air Compressors Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good customer service and answers to my technical questions."
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