5 Stars By Jonathan Brett on 2012-12-26
Preliminary testing is 5 stars
I am a kitchen & bath remodeler, and have yet to use this on the job. I have, however, done some preliminary testing in my garage tonight. The results are stated below.
My first impressions are all positive: Better quality than expected at this price (great value). Smaller (better) than expected. Quieter than expected. Now for the tests.
Quantity of nails shot with various nail guns before motor kicked on, using this Senco PC1010:
23 gauge = 20
18 gauge = 10
15 gauge = 5
Framing nailer = 3
To give a comparison to a larger pancake style 4 gallon 1.5 HP Campbell Hausfeld that I have been using for 15 years, which weighs more than twice as much (52 lbs.):
18 gauge = 40
15 gauge = 18
Framing = 13
Obviously, these numbers coincide with the number of gallons of compressed air, as the 4 gallon unit delivered approx. 4 times more nails than the 1 gallon unit. No surprise here.
Recovery time (time from when motor first kicks back on while nailing, to when tank is fully charged and motor stops, with no nailing during this time) = 32 seconds. By comparison, my Campbell Hausfeld takes 30 seconds. It has a much larger motor, but it is having to compress 4 gallons of air instead of 1 gallon. Again, no surprise here.
I did two tests on both, this Senco, and my old Campbell Hausfeld. First I put my decibel meter right up next to the motor, and then I moved the meter to 3 feet from the motor. Here are the results:
Noise level, in decibels, at motor:
Senco = 83, Campbell Hausfeld = 99
Same test from 3 feet away from motor:
Senco = 69, Campbell Hausfeld = 80
From what I understand, 10 decibels = double the sound. Therefore, the Campbell Hausfeld is more than twice as loud. I believe this is accurate based on standing next to each unit.
My primary reason for wanting to change compressors was to reduce weight. I feel that having fewer gallons of compressed air immediately available is a small price to pay for having a compressor that is not only less than HALF the weight and size, but MUCH quieter as well. Especially given that my primary use will be with 23 & 18 gauge nailers.
This is NOT the kind of compressor you want for doing a lot of 15 gauge nailing, and certainly not for framing. It will drive them just as powerfully as any large compressor - after all, 125 psi is 125 psi - but it simply will not be able to keep up with mass nailing using this size gun. Need to install a couple pre-hung doors? No problem. Need to build a partition or two for that kitchen remodel? No problem. But don't even think about trying to use this, and expect it to keep up, if framing a house all day long, or roofing a house. It was not designed for that. Buy the tool that meets the need and rate it accordingly.
Note: I realize that my comparisons with the Campbell Hausfeld are not an apples-to-apples comparison. I just wanted to offer this info for anyone who may be wanting to change from a pancake style to this little Senco. I figured that since the pancake models were so popular that this comparison might be of help.
I will try to report back after I have used it on several jobs. Time will tell if this little gem can maintain it's 5 star rating. This was my first Senco tool ever purchased. I have a feeling it won't be my last. Very impressive, so far.
6 MONTH UPDATE: After using this product for the last 6 months, for my kitchen remodeling business, I maintain my rating of it. It has been a GREAT little compressor for all my nailing needs. It handles ALL of my trim needs, as well as the occasional building of a wall or two with a framing nailer. I love this compressor much more than I did the larger pancake compressor that I had used all those years.
16 MONTH UPDATE: After nearly a year and half of regular use on the job, I remain fully impressed with this compressor. The ONLY "problem" that I have encountered was that the foam pad around the handle has started to tear off. NO big deal since the unit is so light anyway. Nice to have the foam, but not really a NEED. Other than this minor flaw, this thing has been perfect. I have never once found that I wish I had a bigger unit.
5 Stars By D. Lee on 2017-11-19
Just the ticket when working alone
Looove this little compressor. It's very lightweight and small. Takes up a lot less space in my truck than my pancake compressor. It is also very quiet. Sounds like a loud refrigerator or window ac. Not obnoxiously loud like the pancake model. Perfect for my small jobs where it's just me working and not needing a large air volume. It will even supply enough air for my framing nailer. It cycles on about every 2nd or 3rd nail when using the framing nailer, less often with a smaller nailer. This is my go to compressor now when I'm working alone.
5 Stars By Robbie Blackwell on 2017-12-29
Great light duty unit.
I bought this originally for my office so we can blow out the inside of our pcs and workstations from time to time. I've managed to find more use for it too. We recently started dismantling pallets and this has worked great with our pneumatic denailing gun. Although I didn't particularly count how many pulls I got before it would cycle the motor, it was enough that I could usually get through a plank and let it recycle while I get the next one.
The weight makes it really easy to tote around.
5 Stars By richard gowan on 2017-05-19
Not sure how I survived without this for so long.
This is one of my favorite tool purchases of ALL time. I love this thing. I needed it for a specific project and it worked like a charm. Now I keep finding more and more uses for it. This is not a framing compressor, it doesn't have the power to drive large nails. But it does an excellent job for finishing work and "small nail" projects. We also bought a stapler gun for a upholstery projects and it works great. I got an attachment for putting air in the tires of the lawn tractor and kid's bikes and it works perfectly. Very handy to have right there in the garage.
5 Stars By Cowboyinthejungle on 2017-12-28
Light, quiet, and small.
This little compressor is perfect for me as a punch out carpenter. I only have a few pieces of trim every once in a while. Beats drawing out a Pancake compressor. Super quiet also. I can hold a conversation with a home owner while it's on and should it happen to click on while next to them, they don't jump out of their skin. Very light weight.
5 Stars By DanB on 2014-08-17
I'm very happy with this compressor as a part time use machine.
I'm a job lead for a general contractor, this little compressor seems to do everything it is supposed to do! As long as you are setting your expectations up for success it should not disappoint. A lot of the existing reviews are spot on, trim guns, great! Roofing and framing guns, not at all, the only time I'd even consider those is if I only had a few nails to shoot and a paslode gun was not handy, but at that point I'd still hand drive nails first.......
My 16g Hitachi brad gun is about all this compressor can handle, after about 10 shots I have to wait for the compressor to catch up. Which is ok when installing a board or two at a time, not so ok if you are expecting to nail a whole room full of precut trim off in one go. It will keep up handily with my 18g brad nailer, I put it though it's paces a couple weeks ago installing 3 1/8" bead boards for wainscoting. I installed 12 straight boards, stopping every 4th board to chck plumb, and it was running almost continuously, but did not leave me short of air. I havn't used it with a 23g pinner yet, but I'm sure it would be perfectly fine.
Don't hook your air blower up and expect to get more then a few seconds worth of air, that's simply not what this unit is designed for.
The power cord is a reasonable length, 6' or so, I've coupled my compressor with a 25' flexeel hose and it's so light/quiet/compact moving it from room to room as you go is not really much of an annoyance. I don't know if running a longer hose would create too much pressure drop.
I did use this to air up a couple tires on my truck just to see how it went. Poor bugger had to cycle 3 times to add 10lbs of air to each tire. Not great really, but did the job in a pinch.
Anyway, to sum things up, as long as you don't expect too much from this fine little machine, you won't be unhappy. It is a part time use machine, really only suited for trim guns!
5 Stars By truthoflife on 2014-04-09
Great for finish nailers
I wanted a quiet compressor for use with finish & brad nailers that would let me work without the noise bothering my neighbors.
This compressor is quiet enough for that purpose. I can have it running in the garage and cannot hear it inside the house with the door closed. Similarly I can have it running in the living room and cannot hear it outside the house with doors and windows closed.
It's not as quiet as, say the compressor in your fridge but quiet enough to not draw attention.
The nail gun makes a more annoying sound (exhaust puff) than this compressor.
I can fire 10 - 14 brads at 75 psi before it will kick back in for about a minute or so.
It is well made and feels like a quality product.
I'll try to update this after a few months of use this summer.
Update 05/06/14 : Used to drive about 1000 brads, fill the car tires. Going strong.
2 Stars By Bruce Moore on 2018-01-23
LEAKS air badly !!!
I had this unit for 2 years and it never holds the air and constantly comes on. I had a Porter Cable that did the same thing.... always hissing always leaking. I don't know what brand to buy next !!
4 Stars By dvrgnt1 on 2015-02-02
Good deal, not the best deal.
Bought this, was super pleased with it. Works great for running a brad nailer or a stapler. Won't keep up with a framing gun, but I didn't expect it to. Runs quiet enough to have a normal volume conversation next to. But here's the kicker: I bought a similar Blue Hawk compressor from Lowes just recently that runs quieter, weighs less, ALSO keeps up pretty well with a framing gun, and came with a trim stapling gun, coil hose and all the necessary attachments... For significantly less. So this Senco is not a bad investment by any means of you're looking for something to run trim without the hassle of a big noisy compressor, but it's still not the best deal I've found.
5 Stars By John S on 2018-01-18
A Good Value
This American made compressor is just what I was looking for; it's light, it's relatively quiet, it has a small footprint, and is well built. Additionally, it provides plenty of power for my trim nailer.