If you are in the market for an air compressor, and you are still deciding what to buy, this Senco PC1010 air compressor review will hopefully provide you some insight into the specs. DIYers usually come looking for these compressors for anything not too complicated like adding finishing nails, filling tires and other inflatables or anything involving light pneumatics. Like with anything, I’ll also address some advantages and a few disadvantages that come with it.
Here’s a quick recap of some of the pros and cons; I’ll be going into more detail down below, so read on.
- Light-weight (just 20 pounds)
- Easy on the ears (very quiet)
- Oil-less (for maintenance)
- Carrying handle
- Convenient size (14x10x13 in.)
- Relatively small compressor
- Reports of leaky reed valve (replace it)
- Not fit for framing or heavy duty work
OK, let’s get the general specifics out of the way. The PC1010 unit runs on a 1/2 HP oil-less motor, peaking at 1HP. Testing showed around 40 – 80 seconds to get it fired up and running, and approximately 35 seconds to get it refilled. The tank, made of aluminum, has a 1 gallon air capacity with a maximum output of 125 PSIG.
The pressure can be regulated by the gauges, which I might say are really nicely positioned, unlike other air compressors. As for air consumption, at 40 PSI it is around 1 cubic feet per meter, and 0.7 cfm at 90 PSI. There’s also a 1/4 inches of air inlet.
The amperage draw of the motor is 4 amps at 115V, which is not surprising that it takes a few seconds to get it going. The amount of nails fired before it needs a refill seems proportional to the air capacity, and it takes about 20 shots of 23 gauge nails for the motor to start its refilling cycle. Meaning that compared to a 4 gallon compressor with comparable HP, it is four times less. But, why take the risk of developing a groin hernia if you can just use something lighter.
That is not to say this unit is non-functional. If you don’t have a bigger compressor lying around for use with framing nails for example, then Senco’s PC1010 air compressor will still do the job because of its higher pressure output, but with a slightly longer wait time.
Still, its intended use is not for framing or roofing. It would take much too long to accomplish that, and after a while your frustration levels may rise. Simply buy and use the tool that’s suitable for the kind of work you are doing. Complaints coming from people are all related to using it for its unintended purposes. I’ve been personally guilty of committing this mistake myself when I bought my first compressor that used to run on oil. Don’t fall into this trap if you want your compressor to last, trust me.
Design and Maintenance
Dimensions and Weight
At 14 inches in length, 10 in width and 13 in height, it is very easy to move around. The sole reason for some DIYers is the size and weight, which is 20 pounds. Professionals can use it as well for small home improvement jobs or trim work that uses 18 and 23 gauge nailers.
I like that fact that it’s electric. Compressors that run on fuel after, let’s say, 2 years of use tend to get messy, and cleaning them up is a real chore. However, you don’t need to do that with this unit. Hoses are replaceable and you have a 1-year guarantee should anything start misfiring. In some cases, the reed valve is malfunctional and it starts to leak, especially after longer period of use, so make sure everything works right from the get-go.
It is being manufactured in the USA, and it is fully CSA approved. I still wanted to try it out myself, and I’ve been thoroughly impressed with how it runs. I keep it in a cupboard with the hose pinched through the door, which is long enough to reach when setting up your workbench.
If you are a first-timer, a detailed manual is included that explains its intended use and proper way of maintaining it. Once you learn how to operate it, which is extremely easy, you will fall in love with it almost instantaneously.
I am inclined to say that this compact tool will serve just about any need that involves light trimming or filling. For that, being quiet and light-weight and all, it receives the highest praise it can get. BUT, and that’s a big “but”, do not use it for anything other than that. You can, if you absolutely need to do like 2 or 3 framings, but please be disciplined not to overuse or misuse it.
Users have been reporting wearing of the foam handle after prolonged use, and some cases of reed valve malfunctioning, but for some reason it wasn’t the case for me. But I never had to move this except carry it to my friend’s house once or twice and have always followed the manual to the letters, so perhaps that’s why. Or I might just be lucky, who knows. Either way, I’m happy with it and that’s all that matters.