California Air Tools 5510SE Review

California Tools 5510SE Air Compressor Review

For anyone looking for a quiet, easily portable air compressor, the California Air Tools 5510SE is a dream come true. This line of products is well known for the nearly silent performance of compressors, and the New SP Series have been designed to increase duty cycle and allow for longer run times.

​It offers quiet and powerful airbrushing, cleaning and inflation along with the adaptability to fit with any number of small power tools. Due to the oil-free dual piston, it requires less frequent maintenance and less lubrication without the mess. The pistons are made of a non-metal material which allows it to run at a low temperature and be resistant to abrasion.

​The California Air Tools 5510SE tank is made of stainless steel, making it durable and strong. Compared to other compressors that normally run for 500 hours before requiring maintenance, this model is estimated to last up to 3,000 hours for small application use; that’s six times longer than average air compressors!

​Features of the California Air Tools 5510SE

Uncommonly Quiet Performance

​This compressor runs at the same decibel level as a normal conversation, just 60 decibels. The quiet performance makes it perfect for indoor use, such as a dentist office or other building where small power tool use is required. It is also great for use in dense or highly-populated urban areas. It creates very little vibrations and the sound is barely noticeable. For a compressor of its size and capacity, this level of quiet is very uncommon.

​Easy Transport and Hassle-free Storage

​This model comes with a wheel kit that allows for easy transport around the workshop or around the yard. Although it is durable and strong, the stainless steel tank is also slightly heavy (weighing around 50 pounds), but the wheel kit makes it easier to move around than many lighter tanks. Two conveniently-placed handles make for easy lifting and make moving this 5.5 gallon capacity tank simple and easy. The wheel kit is also easily attached, making storage a breeze.

Oil-Free Dual Piston Pump System

​The pump system design makes for less frequent maintenance and less lubrication. It is also highly reliable and durable. Because of the material, it can run at much lower temperatures than other compressors, reducing a lot of the risk involved in using it in denser areas. Other than occasional cleaning, it should require no maintenance and will last for years.

High-Capacity Stainless Steel Tank

​The California Air Tools 5510SE has a preset range of 90-120 PSI and a 5.5 gallon tank. The stainless steel tank is very durable and will last for several years. The steel makes it slightly heavy, but the wheel kit balances that out. Considering the size and strength of the tank, the entire unit is fairly compact.

Great Recovery Time and Highly Adaptable

​This tank can release up to 120 PSI then back down to 90 PSI in only 40 seconds This allows for a minimal interruption time while working with different power tools. It only takes two minutes to refill an empty tank. It also requires very little power and draws only 8.5 amps.(California Air Tools 5510SE Review)

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​Product Features

  • Ultra-quiet while running; only 60 decibels
  • Oil-free pump makes for cleaner operation with less maintenance
  • Universal ¼ inch connector fits with almost any tool
  • Recovery time of only 40 seconds from 90 PSI to 120 PSI
  • 110v/60 Hz -- 8.5 amps
  • 5.5 gallon stainless steel tank
  • ​Wheel kit makes transporting easy
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty

Downsides

  • 50 pounds is a little heavy
  • No water separater included
  • Poorly packaged

Highlighted Features

  • Super quiet
  • ​Easy to move with wheel kit
  • ​Great recovery time
  • ​Dual piston pump produces little heat and requires little maintenance
  • ​Great for indoors or dense areas

FAQ

Is the quick connect fitting threaded so it can be removed for a different fitting?

What are the dimensions?

Final Verdict

The California Air Tools 5510 SE is great for just about any setting that would require small applications, especially where low noise is required. It’s also one of the stronger, more durable models for the price. Although it is a little on the heavier end, the wheel kit and convenient handles cancel out most of the trouble that would be created in transporting it. The biggest concern on a few reviews dealt with the packaging. Although it is poorly packaged, most people seem to be very satisfied with it once it’s out of the box. It’s high-capacity, high-performance, durable, easy to move and quiet; it checks almost every box.

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