California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Review

Quick Review - California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Portable Air Compressor
  • Quiet
  • Efficient
  • Powerful
  • Value


I don’t know as much about tools as some of my buddies, but I know what works for my family, and I know when I have spent my money on the right product.  If you are a parent like me, then you are (a) exhausted, (b) strapped for cash and (c) exhausted.  With this sweet little air compressor, you can get the job done, without releasing the Kraken waking your sleeping angels.  At 56 dB, you can hear yourself think, a nice change from spending time with your kids comparable compressors that chase you out of your garage.

I have to tell you, I started with a different compressor.  The price point was comparable, but it had a little more horsepower and a slightly larger tank.  Reviewing the specs as I always do before handing over my credit card, it all looked good.  Brought it home, put it to the test, and almost blew the roof off my house.  Those specs? Yah, they didn’t include a decibel rating.  Hindsight is 20/20, but let me save you the hassle of returning a shabby product like I had to do.  Do yourself a favour and get the CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Portable Air Compressor FIRST.  You have enough headaches and your time is better spent watching the game grocery shopping with the fam jam.

Quiet portable air compressor

Product Features

I personally tend to work better with categories, so this is how I describe the nice features you can expect from the CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Portable Air Compressor. Before we go on, just a gentle reminder that you should go into this purchase with a general idea of what you are using the compressor for.  This will help you to make an informed decision.

I used all my stickers on my kid’s potty training reward chart, so we’ll mark these points with some family-friendly happy faces.  Yes, this is my life now.


😊 .6 horsepower

😊 Air delivery, measured in standard cubic feet per minute (scfm)

– 1.6 scfm @ 40 PSI

– 1.2 scfm @ 90 PSI

{in case you’re new to these types of specs, these are examples of tool requirements

that make for easy comparison across different models}

😊 Maximum Pressure of 120 PSI


😊 automatic start/stop is a nice feature

😊 4.5 amps – this will not blow the breaker board out, causing more mass chaos in your home

😊 on balance a nice amount of power for something so light and quiet

😊 efficient heat dissipation

😊 low vibration at 1680 RPM

😊 no oil

Cost Effectiveness

😊 competitive price point

😊 quality item means less time messing around or buying another model down the road


😊 quality materials, steel tank

😊 1 year warranty from a reputable company

😊 completely oil-free means it works / starts well at different temperatures (hot/cold extremes), and no oil changes

😊 thermal overload protector


😊 lightweight, small, portable

😊 Universal Quick Connectors (easy hook up to your tools)

😊 has a handle (try picking up a compressor without one)

😊 110 volts – plug it in wherever there’s an outlet

😊 tank pressure gauge

😊 56 db

That’s a long list of specs/features.  Check out some comparable models and you’ll notice that the list isn’t quite as long.  The good folks at California Air thought of everything, so you don’t have to.


  • Lightweight and portable at 29lb   (my two year old weighs more)
  • Electric power source – safe and convenient for your household or shop
  • Low amp draw
  • QUIET at 56 db
  • Long pump life – 3000+ hours before wear
  • Versatile – can use for small home/garden jobs and also some small handyman or hobby-related jobs
  • Good bang for your buck


  • 1.0 gallon tank gives you some reserve, but it’s modest
  • Less horsepower means more time req’d to build pressure (light duty) – 50 seconds of sweet, sweet peace waiting

Quiet Portable Air Compressor Conclusion

As I said, this was my second kick at the proverbial cat.  My first purchase got me an air compressor.  It was powerful and did the job it was meant to do.  But the CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Portable Air Compressor goes a little further.  First of all, the words “light and quiet” are in the damn darn thing’s name, and that’s not a coincidence.  Those are important features for most of us, who want a little more than an inflated bicycle tire at the end of the day.  I need to reserve my patience, noise tolerance, and energy for my little stinkers.  I recommend that you skip the monkey business and order the CAT-1P1060S.  You’ll be quietly pleased that you did.

Now stop hiding behind that computer “researching” and get back to what really matters – piggy-back rides. 😊


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