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10 Gal. 2.0 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Electric Air Compressor
  • California Air Tools
  • Model 10020C
  • Internet #206644539
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10 Gal. 2.0 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Electric Air Compressor

$30704 /each
Discontinued Model:

Model # 10020

Internet #203245210

California Air Tools 10 Gal. 2 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Air Compressor

Discontinued California Air Tools

10 Gal. 2 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Air Compressor

  • One of the quietest compressors in the industry
  • Features a low amp draw for use with standard 15-amp outlets
  • Oil-free design is engineered for performance and durability
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Product Overview

The California Air Tools 10020 Ultra Quiet air compressor is designed to be one of the quietest 2 HP electric air compressors in the industry having only 70 decibels of sound. The powerful 2 HP motor operates at only 1680 RPM creating less noise and less wear. The oil-free Dual Piston Pump System is engineered for high performance and durability. The oil-free pump allows you to use in different temperatures and uneven terrains. The 10 Gal. steel air tank with wheels is easy to store and move freely. The 10 Gal. air tank will fill (from empty to full) in less than 130 seconds. The control panel comes complete with 2-1/4 in. quick release connectors that will allow you to use up to 2 tools at the same time. This air compressor delivers 5.30 CFM at 90 psi allowing you to use larger air tools and more air tools at the same time. Having a low amp draw of only 14-Amps allows you to use normal 15-Amp outlets. Powerful and maneuverable this air compressor is ideal where noise in a shop, garage or work area is a major issue.

  • Ultra quiet only 70 decibels
  • Oil-free dual piston pump for less maintenance and longer life
  • 10 Gal. steel tank with wheels
  • Powerful 2 HP (rated/running) motor
  • 7 CFM at 40 psi and 5.30 CFM at 90 psi
  • Maximum pressure - 125 psi
  • 2-pressure control gauges and two 1/4 in. universal quick connectors
  • New (2014) easy start valve, allows for a no load start, for a low start up amp draw, only 14-Amp
  • Extra-large dual piston pump for increased compression and extra-long pump life of over 3000 hours
  • Less time to fill the tank - only 120 seconds from empty to full
  • Thermal overload protector
  • Low vibration, motor speed of 1680 RPM
  • Oil-free pump allows you to use in different temperatures and terrains
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Easy to use ball drain valve
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Product Depth (in.)
Product Height (in.)
Product Width (in.)


Air Delivery SCFM @ 40PSI
Air Delivery SCFM @ 90PSI
Amperage (amps)
Application Use
Air Brushing,Blow Cleaning,Bolting/Wrenching,Brad Nailing/Stapling,Finish Nailing,Framing Nailing,Hobby Nailing,Hobby Painting,Inflation,Roof Nailing,Spraying,Surface Prep
Compressor Tank Capacity (Gallons)
Compressor Type
Framing & Roofing
Compressor/Air Tool Features
Handle,Oil Free Compressor,Tank Pressure Gauge
Decibel Rating (Outdoor)
70 dBA
Horsepower (hp)
No additional components or accessories are included
Lubrication Type
Oil Free
Maximum Pressure (psi)
Power Source
Product Weight (lb.)
Pump Type
Oil Free
Stage Count
Single Stage
Tank Material
Tank Style
Tools Product Type
Air Compressor
Voltage (volts)

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
No Certifications or Listings
Manufacturer Warranty
1 Year

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Customer Questions & Answers

restart pressure

at what psi does it kick in to refill the tank during use? If it is too low then a nailer won't set the nails until you blow off some more air so the motor turns on and fills the tank.
Asked by: Doc
I run into this problem with my nailer... It will drive about 15-20 framing nails before it doesn't have enough pressure any more. but its not enough to trigger the compressor to refill, so I have to blow off pressure till it kicks on. Fantastic compressor, but this is a huge irritation. The pressures are adjustable, but unfortunately the way its done is backwards; If you want it to kick on sooner (higher than 90psi) to maintain useful pressure you can adjust two screws. Unfortunately one only adjusts max pressure, which is already set at 120. the other screw can increase minimum pressure but not without also increasing maximum pressure at the same time. You cannot increase the minimum pressure by itself while leaving the max pressure alone at 120psi.
Answered by: TomV
Date published: 2016-10-28

Due to the design, one would think this unit is top heavy and would tip and fall during transport causing potential damage. Any thoughts or info?

Asked by: nailman
Definitely not top heavy.
Answered by: paintface
Date published: 2016-03-14

Is this compressor suitable for occassionally filling car tires?

Asked by: Junior
Oh, yes and much much more. The only limits I see for it are big air tools used over time ( long bursts ) and that is only due to the smaller tank size (10 gal ).
Answered by: LylaD
Date published: 2016-08-10

It it good enough to blow water out of the lawn sprinkler system?

Asked by: Vin
The answer to this question depends on a series of variables. What size is the piping? How long is the piping? What elbows, valves and sprinkler heads are you trying to clear? OK, the short of the answer is I have no idea if it will clear your sprinkler system.
Answered by: MaineYankee
Date published: 2017-03-26
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Customer Reviews

10 Gal. 2 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Air Compressor is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 158.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 gal. 2 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Air Compressor I have only had this compressor a couple months so far. I use it for jobs in my garage only, that do not include any commercial type work. Having said that, I really enjoy how quiet it runs and that it can not be heard inside the house during use. I replaced a 25 gallon compressor with this one and find it keeps up with any job I have asked of it so far. It's "footprint" is small and fits into most any place one might want to use. It came on UPS, very well boxed for shipping, arriving within 5 days of when I ordered it from the Home Depot web site. Very little assembly was required ; putting on the wheels, which are solid requiring no air in them.....a plus in my book.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase, Simple to assemble, and wow, when I plugged it in and turned it on it was so quiet. I was able to talk with someone right next to me without yelling. I could barely hear it just inside the back door. So much less stress. I own two other compressor that are in various states of repair. A pancake compressor and another older unit. You can hear these all over the neighborhood. Controls are simple and the tank size is adequate so that it will go for quite a while before it starts to pump back up. When it starts up I don't jump out of my skin from the load noise. Quick to pressure up. Takes only a half a minute to fill from start up. Compact and easy to move around.
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mighty Mouse saves the day I actually purchased two of these compressors to replace the noisy units we had from years back. They are so loud and obnoxious sounding. This compressor is a joy to work with. It will fill up air in my truck tires or power light air tools. I bought one for my brother who has a car collection,and he loves it. It is easy to roll around and the storage of 10 gallons is enough that it doesn't cycle on/off frequently. I would highly recommend this compressor for anyone who needs a unit for their home, job site, or small shop. It would be perfect in a race car trailer. I cannot impress upon you how quiet and efficient this compressor is. You might be paying a little more than the noisy ones, but it is well worth it. Like the expression goes; you get what you pay for.
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Compact Compressor!! Finally had to replace my Porter Cable pancake compressor after almost 10 yrs. I choose this California Air Tools 10 gal and I'm very glad I did. I've had the compressor now for a little over a month and it has done everything I've asked it to with ease. I'm a full time contractor and have already used this compressor to run my framing gun & trim guns (15 ga & 18 ga) as well as my 18 ga stapler. It had no trouble at all. I also build custom furniture and used it to run my gravity feed HPLV spray gun to spray polyurethane and it amazingly kept up quite well. Occasionally I had to pause for a minute to let it catch up but I out performed the Porter Cable 25 gal upright that I used to rent. The Ultra-Quite feature is more than worth the cost on the California Air Tools compressors, I've never been able to stand next to a compressor of any brand or size and hold a conversation like I can with this compressor. No need to yell to get someone standing six feet way to hear me! That feature alone is worth the slightly higher price of this compressor compared to other ones of its size.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good compressor The compressor is quiet, as advertised, and seems to work fine. A minor complaint is that the assembly instructions are rather sketchy. There is not much to do and it is not difficult, but the assembly and start-up instructions should be complete. A second minor complaint is that standard wrenches are too thick to allow them to be used to tighten the filter housings onto the compressor. Either make the nuts thicker so they can be grasped by a standard wrench, or provide a tool with the compressor to do the job. Otherwise it appears to be a good compressor.
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well engineered piece of equipment, but... I purchased the compressor for two reasons, size of the tank and because it was quiet. I have a 33 gal. compressor, but it's not very portable. I don't have a garage, so when I need to use a compressor I have to pull it out of my shed, and take it where I need to use it. I could have gotten a smaller compressor, but I have air tools that could use a little muscle behind it, a 6 gallon pancake compressor won't do. I used this California Air tool compressor, and it is very quiet, and the 10 gal. tank can power my air ratchet and or my impact wrench, although not for very long, but it quickly and quietly refills itself. The one drawback on my purchase was the small lawnmower tires they put on it. When I assembled it, the small lawnmower tires rubbed the side of the tank, making it very difficult to move around. I'm not a young buck anymore, bending over pulling a near 100 lbs. piece of equipment was not going to do. So I put some 16" pneumatic tires on it... yeah, take a gander at the pictures I posted, I also don't have to bend over to pull it around. So, other than the small tires that came with it, and it is a bit pricy, no doubt paying for the ultra quiet feature. I would say this is a rock solid piece of equipment, well engineered and thought out. I especially like the 2 hp motor, it quickly recharges the tank. it was a good purchase that I would recommend. I wish Home Depot would stock it in their stores. But the associate let me order it online at the store, and it came within a reasonable timeframe.
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from product performs flawlessly, suits my needs perfectly. Extremely pleased Plenty of power to operate a wide variety of tools. Light weight, portable, fast recovery, solidly built. Exactly what I needed. Couldn't ask for more. Customer service, is second to none. Had a slight issue in shipping. Called customer service, reported the dent in the dash panel. Received the part me next day! If your In the market for a compressor, I would put this this one at the top of the list.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice & quiet I needed to replace my home workshop compressor and wanted to tone it down a bit. This unit delivered! I hardly hear it recycle. My shop is 28'X28''and the unit is in the same room. I can still hear the radio & carry on conversations when it goes off. The best part is that I no longer jump out of my socks when it goes off like I did with my old Sears unit. Also has all of the power that you'll need for airguns, nailguns & other medium duty air tools.
Date published: 2013-04-18
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