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Looking at a California Air Compressor

Discussion in 'Airbrush Compressors' started by Greg Geilman, Aug 31, 2018.


  1. Greg Geilman

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    I am looking at a California Air Tools CAT-4620AC . I want to be able to use it for power tools and maybe some paint sprayers as well as air brushing.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005SOD08...olid=22CA0GYUSR3OB&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
    Comments or suggestions are appreciated.
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    according to my research I would be better with 90liters=23 gallons compressor for using power tools, and even that big of a tank won't be good enough for some tools. It depends of what kinda tools you wanna use and how big are your projects.

    I think this video will help you with your decision its 6-8 gallon tanks hooked to power tool


    for example sander in this video is air hog...


    edit: not to mention cut off tool 31 cfm lol
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    You can use a larger compressor for airbrushes but an airbrush compressor wont run powertools.

    you just buy for your 'highest psi requirement' power tool then wind the regulator down when you want to airbrush. . . just remember to drop the pressure, you'd likely wind up with a projectile to your eye if you hit the trigger with 180psi available to an airbrush lol

    I have two compressors, One in the shed for heavy duty use of powertools etc and a smaller one for airbrushing or pumping up the odd basketball..
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    I have this compressor, and I would not run power tools with it. While it is a fantastic compressor, it is simply too small to produce a large enough flow of air to keep up with most air tools. I used mine for about 5 years to run a high speed pneumatic hand piece (like a dentist drill), and that by itself kept it cycling quite often. It now runs my airbrushes.
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    So I might as well save a $100 and get a 1HP for airbrushing and rent a larger one when needed?
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    Pretty much.
    Full size spray guns, Sanders, cut off wheels, constant use of an impact ,things like that youre kind of wasting your time with less than a 60 gal.
    Home shop size is generally 20-30 gal range, Which will let you run most things for a short period of time and even run a few select spray guns that dont use much air. For me they are just enough to be frustrating....but im kind of spoiled with big shop compressors.
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    Greg have you run this one yet? I am as you may know in the Market to buy a new compressor and was wondering if the 60 dB is too loud to use while recording a video for my YouTube channel. I don’t want it to be too distracting. I think my Great White Shark was around 50 to 60 dB.


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    I will let you know when it arrives on Friday. Has to be a lot quieter than the pancake we use for the nailgun!
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    Fred, I just looked up the Great White, and they do have it listed at 60db. I have the aluminum tanked version of the California Air Tools - I am sure the motor is the same as the steel version. It will depend on how your microphones pics up noise - sometimes they seem to hit on the background noise more than what you would think would be the main focus. I would think simply slipping a tall sided box around the compressor, even if open on the top, would be enough to keep it from being obtrusively loud on video. Mine sits right next to my right knee when am working, and I hardly really pay any attention when it runs.
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    if you use omnidirectional michrophone you can have problems.

    there is more to it, but I don't wanna thread crap.

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    direction michrophone is nice :)
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    I think I listened to the one Hellbird bought at first from Lows. I had them turn it on for me and it sounded louder than the 60db that it was listed at. One bit of advice my brother in law said is even with a 1 hp could compressor get the larger tank model. Yes it may run longer it will also have longer down time plus less moisture build up in the tank. The longer down time will equate to longevity of the motor. I am most likely going to buy the 1hp with the 8 gallon tank. I will be putting it in my bedroom up stairs and run a 50’ hose down to my work area with a regulator tat the airbrush hose.


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    Oh it was a GOOD bit louder. That puppy was putting out 80 dB according to my sound meter. Would have been tolerable outside, but in a little 8x10 foot room? No way!
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    Fred, Yes your Great White does run around 53-54 dB. Bit of a noise spike when it shuts off, but not bad all things considered (~62 dB for those who are interested)
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    Love the numbers! they may not be lab results but certainly better than the anecdotes and relative comparisons most of us can give
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    That is why the wife is adding an additional 5 gallon tank. I looked at the 8 gallon, but did not like it.
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    I'm gonna mention this just because... I had a conversation with someone the other day, where the California Air Tools was recommended. He mentioned he purchased one because he was told they were fairly quiet but he found his to be unacceptably loud. After some back and forth conversation, he came back and corrected his statement - there is a filter/muffler for the intake that he had failed to install, not having originally seen it in the box. Makes a BIG difference. I don't have a sound meter, but can tell you I find mine to be what i would call quiet - I am in a 10'x12' room, with carpeted floor.
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