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So i was wondering if anyone could tell me if this is a good model. Model 2010

Also its rated at 65db,and it has been suggested that i get a California Air compressor, but if it runs at 65 why should i buy a CA compressor compared to any other 60db compressor? Im asking because the one i listed is 200.00, i can get almost any other 3 gallon compressor for about half that price.

Thanks guys
 
If you want a reasonably quiet compressor, the CA is going to be a better option. A compressor at the half the price is probably going to be 2-3 times louder.
 
But thats what im getting at the CA compressor lists as 65db how can it be quieter then any other compressor listed at 60db? Shouldn't any compressor in the 60db range be just as loud as any other 60db compressor? for the most part that is i mean i understand slight variances in volume but 2-3 time louder? shouldn't by that statement the others rate 120db?

Sorry but im just trying to understand how a 60db compressor can be different from another
 
$97 60db im sure this one is a piece of junk but its an example. So with how things make sense to me this should be just as loud as the CA right?
 
$97 60db im sure this one is a piece of junk but its an example. So with how things make sense to me this should be just as loud as the CA right?

In theory yes. It is half the horsepower, which means it would run more often and get hotter. More than likely not a dual piston which means it will take longer to get to 100 psi to shut off, generating even more heat. Even if it is as quiet, the performance and lifetime will likely be no where near the CA model.
 
Ok thanks Jag you explained alot about how it works. i have been looking at compressors for a while, and i didnt understand the difference's. After that explanation ill probably pick up the CA lol it is half the price of a badger of iwata compressor those are crazy expensive
 
Ok thanks Jag you explained alot about how it works. i have been looking at compressors for a while, and i didnt understand the difference's. After that explanation ill probably pick up the CA lol it is half the price of a badger of iwata compressor those are crazy expensive

Yup. Your pretty safe with the CA compressor. I have an Iwata Power Jet. It's a decent conpressor, but was over $500. My next is either a CA or a Silentaire, depending on how rich I feel when mine dies. :)
 
Now i have to ask another question. I was considering a simple 1 gallon CA compressor, but i dont know how large my projects will get since im just getting into it. Should i invest in a 2.5 gallon compressor or just buy the 1.6 gallon?

On price the 1.6 gallon is 161.00, and the 2.5 gallon is 195.00
 
I just bought the 6310 6.3 gal CA compressor and love it. I paint for long periods of time so it will run often and I can hardly hear it. I have an old one gallon I started out with and it ran constantly and ran way hot. Your better off going bigger.
 
thanks ill probably do the 2.5g then i would go larger, but im in an apartment so i dont have a garage i can work in.

Also now that i have decided what compressor i want to get, now i need to ask. what do i need to get in terms of accessorys so that it will work for airbrushing? water trap, another regulator to control the pressure leaving the tank? a fitting conversion,...anything else?
 
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my oppinion not that it seems to mater any more is that with the ca air tool compressor the bigger the horse power the louder it is also the more cfm which is important i bought the 1.6 gallon 1 hp model which in my oppinion is not the most quiet thing . HOWEVER !!! i did buy an aditional 7 gallon tank and with regular airbrushing at 15 to 30 psi i can almost do a whole painting with out it even coming on once if you get the half horse power it will be more quiet but will take longer to fill the tanks. the sparwe tank ran around 30 do;llars from floor mart oops i mean wall mart
 
it takes 2 minuets to fill the 2 tanks from empty but allot less to fill fromwhen the compressor tourns on at the low pressure switch
 
i have this compressor. it's loud as all hell. but i have it in my closet with the door closed. and headphones in. and i can paint without wanting to shoot the compressor. but if i leave my closet door open. or it tries to refill in the middle of the night. it's pretty bad. i'm gonna build a sound proof box for it one of these days.
 
i have this compressor. it's loud as all hell. but i have it in my closet with the door closed. and headphones in. and i can paint without wanting to shoot the compressor. but if i leave my closet door open. or it tries to refill in the middle of the night. it's pretty bad. i'm gonna build a sound proof box for it one of these days.

Loud is relative. The California compressors are no where near the ear piercing volume of your average oil free ones.
 
Loud is relative. The California compressors are no where near the ear piercing volume of your average oil free ones.


i completely agree. i've heard shop compressors and they are obnoxiously loud. but for the size of my bedroom that the California compressor is in, it echos quite a bit. but like i said i put it in my closet and shut the door and it greatly reduces the sound i have to bear through. i would defiantly recommend this compressor for somebody seeking a small portable solid compressor. if you're trigger happy like me it refills every 2-5 minutes, but it only takes about 15 seconds to refill. but overall it is a very solid compressor.
 
Alibi, check to see if you have a filter on the head's intake!! Mine came with NO FILTERS and they (CAT) sent me a pair but were way too big. I had to go to Home Depot and buy 2 fitting adapters to get the thing to fit.

STILL, it's not as quiet as their videos lead on to be, but still very much quieter than the POS pancakes you get for $60. Mine also has a slight leak, even before I put my hoses on it, after about 4 hours it'll kick on. After putting my hoses etc on, it kicks on about ever 2.5-3 hours, but I can't seem to find the leak. Soapy water etc, so it may be ON THE TANK.

Which brings me to another ordeal. I found a thread a while back where they were talking about the tanks leaking from the factory. May want to go over everything just to be sure. Check for leakage as well check for a filter!
 
Alibi, check to see if you have a filter on the head's intake!! Mine came with NO FILTERS and they (CAT) sent me a pair but were way too big. I had to go to Home Depot and buy 2 fitting adapters to get the thing to fit.

STILL, it's not as quiet as their videos lead on to be, but still very much quieter than the POS pancakes you get for $60. Mine also has a slight leak, even before I put my hoses on it, after about 4 hours it'll kick on. After putting my hoses etc on, it kicks on about ever 2.5-3 hours, but I can't seem to find the leak. Soapy water etc, so it may be ON THE TANK.

Which brings me to another ordeal. I found a thread a while back where they were talking about the tanks leaking from the factory. May want to go over everything just to be sure. Check for leakage as well check for a filter!


mine did come with the filter. but i agree with you it's way louder than any videos on it i see. and i also have an airleak somewhere. all of my fittings have the teflon tape but mine also kicks on every once and a while. i unplug it when it's not in use, because it kicks on in the middle of the night and makes everybody wake up wondering what the hell is going on haha.
 
Yes, definitely WAY louder than they appear in the videos, which I think, is a molested demo. Meaning I truly believe that they did something to make it even quieter. I can take audacity and do the very same thing with a different video. In fact, I could make the CA seem like the loud one and the loud one quiet.

Either way. Mine's got an air leak as well. I unplugged my stuff and left it stock and every 3-5 hours she'll kick on. Now that I got a line on it with a filter and AB hose... she kicks on about every 2 hours. So what I'm doing is just shutting it off/ unplugging it until I get ready to use it again. PITA but it'll do until I get back to the closet and figure out what's going on with all the air leakage.
 
I thought about getting one of these but I'm a little reluctant due to its noise. I've never heard one in person. So could anyone tell me if I would have a problem with one of these being to loud living in an apartment complex?
 
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