California Air Tools 8010 Review - CAT-8010

Tired of your noisy old air compressor? The California Air Tools 8010 Ultra Quiet Compressor is a good choice as a replacement or first-time purchase if quiet operation is a main concern.

The CAT-8010 features a 1 HP dual piston pump motor that is oil-free for minimal maintenance. Coupled with a portable 8-gallon steel tank and wheel kit, the entire air compressor is an easily manageable 48 pounds. With a low current draw of only 8.5 amps, the compressor can be used virtually anywhere there is a standard 120-volt outlet.

CAT-8010 Quick Specifications:

  • 60 dB Ultra-Quiet
  • 1 HP Oil-Free Pump
  • 120 Volts - 8.5 Amps
  • 120 PSI Max  Pressure
  • 8-Gallon Steel Tank
California Air Tools 8010 Air Compressor

California Air Tools 8010 - ASIN B00WM1VPKE

At a ultra quiet 60 dB, the California Air Tools 8010 is the one of the quietest air compressors in it's class.

Note:  The CAT-8010 is also available with an 8 gallon Aluminum Tank.

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California Air Tools 8010 Product Video

Ultra-Quiet Series SP-9413 Pump

The CAT-8010 features the Ultra-Quiet Series SP-9413 pump motor, with thermal overload protection to help prevent damage from overheating. This is a oil-free dual piston pump which has a 3000 hour before service rating. The SP-9413 is rated at 1.0 HP running and 2.0 HP peak.

CAT SP-9413 1 HP Air Pump

The 1 HP pump outputs 2.2 CFM @ 90 PSI with a maximum air pressure of 120 PSI.

It takes only 165 seconds to fill the 8-gallon air tank from empty to 120 PSI. Recovery time from 90 PSI back to a full 120 PSI is around 60 seconds. 

In addition to being ultra-quiet, this compressor is also portable, weighing 48 pounds. The CAT-8510 operates on just 8.5 amps, enabling you to plug it in almost anywhere around the house, outside or in the garage.

This air compressor is part of the California Air Tools "Contractor Grade" Ultra Quiet Series.  CAT backs the 8510 with a 1-year limited warranty,

CAT-8010 Compressor Pictures

California Air Tools 0810 Right View

CAT-8010 Right Side View

California Air Tools 8010 Left

CAT-8010 Left Side View

The 8-gallon steel air tank maneuvers easily with the included handle and wheel kit. Two air gauges monitor tank and air outlet pressure., The line pressure regulator and a quick-connect air coupling within easy reach.  The air tank condensate drain valve is a convenient 1/4 turn ball valve for easy tank maintenance.

California Air Tools Front View

CAT-8010 Front View

California Air Tools Rear View

CAT-8010 Rear View

Seen on the left in the top view picture, the 8010 includes a large silencing filter on the air intake to help further reduce compressor noise. 

California Air Tools 8010 Top View

CAT-8010 Top View

California Air Tools 8010 Specifications

  • 60 dB Quiet
  • 2.2 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • 8 Gallon Tank
  • 1.0 HP
  • 8.5 Amps
  • Long Life
  • Dual PSI Gauges
  • 1680 RPM
  • Length 26"
  • Width 14"
  • Height 23"
  • 48 Lbs.

Our CAT-8010 Ratings


60 dB is very quiet for a 1 HP air compressor. Most standard 1 HP models are considerably louder than this..


California Air Tools is a leader in the quiet air compressor industry, and typically builds quality units for the price paid. 


The 8010 pricing is good for a 1 HP quiet 8-gal. compressor and usually retails between $220 to $260.

Overall Rating :  4.5

This is great ultra quiet portable air compressor that still produces ample power. If 2.2 CFM of airflow is sufficient for your needs, this is a compressor you should seriously consider. We gave the California Air Tools 8010 an overall rating of 4.5 stars.


  • Ultra-Quiet- 60 dB
  • 8 Gallon Steel Air Tank
  • 48 Lbs - Portable 
  • Excellent Buyer Reviews


  • Not for High CFM Applications
  • Only 2.2 CFM

The Bottom Line

The California Air Tools 8010 produces 2.2 CFM @ 90 PSI. This is great for operating small pneumatic air tools such as, staple guns, brad nail guns, finish nail guns, airbrushes, blow guns, etc. This is also an excellent portable compressor for tire inflation and maintaining the proper air pressure in your vehicle tires. This is not the compressor to buy for high CFM applications such as auto painting, large air tools, etc. This ultra-quiet air compressor has over 2450 positive reviews from satisfied Amazon purchasers at the time of this update.

California Air Tools 8010 - ASIN: B00WM1VPKE

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