1.6-Gallon Aluminum Tank Air Compressor Review – California Air Tools CAT-1610A

Editor rating

4.9/5 on January 11, 2016

User's rating


  • Extremely quiet compressor. You can have a phone conversation while in use.
  • Very portable air compressor and light weight.
  • Aluminum tank for easy storage and decreased need for maintenance.
  • Excellent customer service.



  • Airflow lower than a compressor in its class. Depending on your needs, this may or may not be a drawback.
  • Bad design. Little effort was made to protect the sensitive parts of the air compressor.
California Air Tools CAT-1610A Review

California Air Tools CAT-1610A Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free and Aluminum Tank Air Compressor Review

California Air Tools CAT-1610A reformulate silent service. At only 60 decibels, this compressor simply sounds like a subtle buzz making the tools probably one of the most silent air compressors currently on the market. The sound produced by the California Air Tools CAT-1610A is smaller than a normal dialogue between two persons.

It also has a rust free tank and oil-free pump that are guaranteed to reduce unnecessary maintenance costs for its buyer. It also weighs just under 40 pounds, this capability is light enough to be transported to and from the workplace. The compressor is manufactured by California Air Tools, a well known global manufacturer of power tools and industrial equipment.

This review will look at the air compressor CAT-1610A; examine its features and specifications, advantages and disadvantages, before arriving at a recommendation or deterrent in buying this compressor.

Features of California Air Tools CAT-1610A:

  • Ultra Quiet:

    With only 60 decibels noise the California Air tools CAT-1610A air compressor is pure silence. Even it does not match the sound of a normal human conversation. The soft twang that produce is as strong as it gets.

  • Light in weight:

    The California Air Tools CAT-1610A measuring 37 pounds is extremely light ,making it portable and easy to move to and from the workplace.

  • Reduced maintenance:

    Oil free pumping cuts this air compressor down on the need for maintenance savings in time and money.

  • Durability:

    The CAT-1610A is designed to last. It also has a rust free aluminum oxide gallon which is more durable by preventing damage through oxidation and so it is easy for storage.

  • Easy to use:

    By the combined effect of its light weight and compact size, this compressor is easy to use.

  • Size and Weight:

    It measures 17.3 x 14.2 x 14.6 inches. It weighs about 37 pounds or 35 pounds.

  • Assessment and Capacity:

    It is constructed to be stationary air compressor. It is an electric powered tool nominal 110 volts and amperage capacity 8 amps.

  • Specific characteristics:

    Air Compressor California Air Tools runs on a powerful 1.0 peak HP motor that operates at about 1680 RPM so it is less noisy and increase longevity.

  • How the compressor is actually:

    Not much bad to say about this 1 HP oil free air compressor Based on the reviews, the unit works as advertised. Many critics have reported that it is a good compressor for general household use. With 1.6 gallon tank capacity, of course, it is not designed for serious projects. But for small applications such as blowing dust a table saw, inflating car tires or run small power tools, it has proven to be worth the money. It provides pressure and really pumped announced the tank very quickly.



One of the most striking features of the California Air Tools CAT-1610A is its ability to work without generating the usual noise, most often found on other compressors in its class. Moreover, its portability and lightweight mark given to usability.

Tank antirust aluminum with a capacity of 1.6 liters is very compact because the size of this air compressor. The nature of anti-rust this tank and the fact that the air compressor works without oil, gives this product points for neatness and ease of maintenance.

As we said earlier, lower air flow generated by the compressor California Air tools CAT-1610A can actually be a positive depending on the use to which it is put. Despite these positive aspects, the lack of care shown by the exposure of sensitive aspects of this air compressor did not give this brand air compressor design quality and durability. As a result, this air compressor gets a score of 3.5 out of 5 marks.

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