Buying a California Air Tools 5.5-Gallon Air Compressor

by Darron
(Fate, TX)

California Air Tools 5.5-Gallon Portable Electric Horizontal Air Compressor for tire inflation, framing nailing, spraying insecticide into wall pest system and raptor liner spraying my truck @ 60 psi. My main concern is the spraying the Raptor Liner. How long do you think I would be able to spray each section. What are your thoughts good and bad about this compressor?


Produces 60 decibles of sound
Creates less noise and less wear
Long continuous run time
Engineered for high performance and durability
Thermal overload protector
Includes 2 pressure control gauges and 1 universal 1/4-in quick connector

Sub-Brand N/A
Type Electric
Tank Capacity (Gallons) 5.5
Stage Single stage
Tank Style Horizontal
Voltage 110
Amps 8.5
Pump Type Oil-free
Horsepower 1
Weight (lbs.) 50
Fitting Size 1/4-in
Air Delivery SCFM @ 90PSI (CFM) 3
Air Delivery SCFM @ 175PSI (CFM) 0
Maximum Pressure PSI 120
Portable Yes
Decibel Rating (Decibels) 60
Start Type Electric start
For Use with Air Brushing No
For Use with Bolting Yes
For Use with Brad Nailing/Stapling Yes
For Use with Framing Nailing Yes
For Use with Finish Nailing Yes
For Use with Roof Nailing Yes
For Use with Drilling Yes
For Use with Cutting Yes
For Use with Grinding Yes
For Use with Spraying Yes
For Use with Sanding Yes
For Use with Surface Prep Yes
For Use with HVLP Painting No
Motor Type Universal
UL Safety Listing No
CSA Safety Listing No
ETL Safety Listing No
Warranty 1-year limited

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Dec 12, 2017
California air tools compressor
by: Bill

Good point, Doug. Yeah, makes sense that the electrical part of it would be UL or the equivalent but not necessary the mechanical part. Thanks!

Dec 11, 2017
California air tools compressor
by: Doug in s.d.ca.

I've never noticed a UL cert ( on a compressor ), but the motor itself might be.

Dec 11, 2017
Buying a California air tools compressor
by: Bill

Over the years I haven't seen negative comments about this brand.

I never checked to see if other brands were UL safety listed. You show "UL Safety Listing - No" on the specs for this one. Anyone else know if air compressors are typically reviewed and OK'd by UL?

The question of flow as an issue comes to mind. This one has 3 CFM at 90 PSI. All of the applications listed are OK for this compressor, though what they don't say is volumes. You can spray, you can grind, but for how long.

What's missing is what the air demand of the spray apparatus is in CFM at the 60 PSI needed. Without that, it's anyone's guess.

That info is absolutely needed to know if this compressor has enough capacity for your needs.

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