Model # 10020

Internet #203245210

California Air Tools 10 Gal. 2 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Air Compressor
0743368710029

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
$357.05 /box

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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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restart pressure

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October 23, 2015
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.
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October 28, 2016
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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 Read More
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. Read Less
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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.
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August 9, 2016
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Mine kicks back on to charge at around 25 to 30 PSI and quickly will reach maximum in around 1 min. I am going to link this unit to my old compressor tank, for volume for big projects, but this unit by itself should be fine. There is always the option of linking this to a tire/mobile steel air tank as well if you want more air volume-- making it a very portable combination.
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charlotte, north carolina
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December 29, 2015
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90 psi on the dot, shuts off at 120
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December 16, 2015
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I think it is right around 90psi. I run nailers off mine w/o problem. Everything from big framing nailers, roofing nailer, brad nailers, staplers all the way to the smallest pin nailers. I've never had an issue or had to wait for the compressor to fill. I've used this compressor to run my nailers while building my garage. I've hung smartside 4x8 panel siding, roof sheeting, plywood decking in the attic Read More
I think it is right around 90psi. I run nailers off mine w/o problem. Everything from big framing nailers, roofing nailer, brad nailers, staplers all the way to the smallest pin nailers. I've never had an issue or had to wait for the compressor to fill. I've used this compressor to run my nailers while building my garage. I've hung smartside 4x8 panel siding, roof sheeting, plywood decking in the attic as well as framed the garage itself and it has never let me down.
I guess it all boils down to your tool's CFM and pressure requirements. But honestly, I've ran a ton of different nailers and have never had to wait. I mean I guess if you're one of those high speed roofers that will sink 24 nails in under a minute may have to wait. Read Less
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October 27, 2015
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90 psi
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October 26, 2015
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Thank you for the interest in the California Air Tools 10020 Ultra Quiet Air Compressors.
For this model the Kick On is 90 PSI and Kick off is 120 PSI.
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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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?

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November 26, 2015
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Definitely not top heavy.
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May 27, 2015
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The compressor sits sturdily on 2-wheels and 1 foot when in use. It does not tip when wheeled around using the handle, but it is a little awkward to move because the handle is very low to the ground and you have to kind of bend over while walking.
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Colorado Springs, CO
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May 6, 2015
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This unit can be laid down on it's side with a 3 point stance. 2 wheels and the handle.
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Huntington WV
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February 24, 2015
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Simply not the case. I have a 20gal that is taller than this one (same desgin and it isn't top heavy either). The compressor really isn't but about 30in tall. The tricycle style stance is quite sturdy. Can it be tipped over....of course. Would I call it top heavy? NO not at all.
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January 22, 2015
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I did not find it any more top-heavy than most other vertical tank compressors -- in fact less, because of the short tank and lower center of gravity. However, I sent mine back after the first use because it stopped running, overheated and started smoking. I asked for a follow-up on what was found and recommended a safety recall to prevent fire hazard accidents like mine exhibited. Never heard a word on Read More
I did not find it any more top-heavy than most other vertical tank compressors -- in fact less, because of the short tank and lower center of gravity. However, I sent mine back after the first use because it stopped running, overheated and started smoking. I asked for a follow-up on what was found and recommended a safety recall to prevent fire hazard accidents like mine exhibited. Never heard a word on either account. This was over 4-1/2 months ago. Read Less
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January 22, 2015
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I don't think this unit would fall over as its pretty sturdy and the weight is low center.
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January 22, 2015
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Thank you for the interest in the California Air Tools 10020 Ulta Quiet & Oil-Free Air Compressors.
For transporting the California Air Tools 4620A is more popular due to the aluminum twin tank design.The 4620A is more compact and only 64 pounds.
Thank you
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Is this compressor suitable for occassionally filling car tires?

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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 ).
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Yes, we use it for air tools and car tires. As long as your tires don't require over 125 PSI this one will work fine.
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Yes. most tires require 80 lbs or less, and this unit can handle that easily. I have used it to fill tires to 100 lbs.
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February 18, 2015
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Sure but it's fairly heavy to drag out to the garage (unless you keep it there) when tires need filling. You can buy a small (10 gallon) auxiliary air tank pretty cheaply and add a short hose with a tire fitting, fill it from the compressor and it's much easier to move around in the garage. Filled to 125 psi (typical max rating for these tanks) it will easily air up the tires on two cars.
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January 27, 2015
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Yes, but it's probably overkill if that's all you're using it for. Unless they are giant 40" truck tires, then you might want something a little bigger.
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Perfect for that
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With this compressor you should be able to fill car tires all day long. Keep in mid that this compressor is rated for residential use but does have a very short refill cycle of 130 seconds which is just over two minutes.
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What is the tank PSI rated at?

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I would like to run the unit at 110 PSI. So for safety reasons what is the tank rated at?
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The tank is rated at 125 PSI on mine.
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The tank gauge goes up to 180 PSI, but it stops filling at 125 PSI. You can lower the output PSI using the nob and gauge located next to the outlet quick disconnect.
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125 PSI max
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150 PSI
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 157 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice QUIET unit This is my second California air compressor (first was stolen); went with different model this time. It is heavy, not necessarily a bad thing. It is very quiet, very reliable, extremely durable.. The only thing I would like to see changed is that they think about how us contractors transport the unit. The air intake filters get knocked off in the first few weeks, but not a big deal unless you are working in dusty environment. Cannot be transported upright as it is top heavy and falls over. If you lay it down, it is not designed to protect those air filters. If this one ever wears out, I'll still buy another; it really is that much better than the competition. SUPER QUIET! August 23, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by A great moderate use compressor The compressor arrived in damaged cartons and would not start, Home Depot was quick to ship out a second one. The replacement also would not start, but after rotating the pump several revolutions by hand it started up and has worked flawlessly since. The wheels are set too close to the frame which was easily fixed with a couple of washers. It fills quickly, is very quiet, runs on standard household circuits and does not trip our gfi outlets. I like the quick-connect fittings for the hoses. I suspect this would not be up to the duty needed for continuous operation every day as a mobile compressor on a jobsite, but for versatile shop and home use on an occasional basis this appears to be a perfect fit. August 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by I got this so I can work at night and it is everything I could ask for ! I got this for multiple reasons, it had a steel air tank, it had a larger more powerful compressor, the console is well placed and it will allow me to work at night as it is too hot in the daytime to work in the garage. This is an awesome unit as it is ultra quiet, fills the tank easily and quickly and it is able to be moved around the shop easily. I plan to use my old noisy air compressor's tank as an expansion unit to this one, giving me enough air capacity to even use my heavy duty air tools. August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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. December 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good , not great but a good buy The wheels when mounted have no space between the mounts to roll making it necessary to pack it out with several washers on each side, two machine screws on top of one motor is loose allowing air to escape, can not fit a wrench on nuts to tighten mufflers. It does seem to run well so far after two weeks August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Works Great! great product, not as noisy, easy to assemble with easy instructions August 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Best Ever I had one that was loud and if I so much as filled a football it would have to turn on. This one has a nice sized capacity and is extremely quiet! Absolutely LOVE this compressor! Highly recommend you buy this brand! August 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 10 Gal. 2 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Air Compressor Ha! I have sold all my other compressors, I will never miss the noise they made. Do yourself a favor, get one of these... August 9, 2016
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