My Original Compressor
When I first started making holsters, I quickly realized the only way this knuckle dragger would get consistent dye jobs would be with the use of an airbrush. I didn’t own a compressor, so I marched myself down to Sears and purchased one of their small, 3 gallon portable compressors (model #15310) for around $120 (with accessories) at the time. It worked fine – it did the jobs I asked of it for a few years… Until I remembered you have to add oil to it (actually, I was force-ably reminded of it)! Yep, it suddenly seized up. Oops! Honestly, I’d been wanting a new compressor anyway because the 15310 was extremely loud, like most portable compressors. I do most of my airbrushing at night, so having an obnoxiously loud compressor roaring along at night probably isn’t the best idea.
My New Compressor: The Senco PC1010
When I started my search for a replacement, I knew I needed something quiet, while still being portable and powerful enough to air up the occasional car tire, power a small brad or finish nailer, etc. After a few hours of research, I decided to purchase the Senco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak, 1/2 hp running 1-Gallon Compressor from Amazon. It received great reviews and most reviewers praised it for being very quiet. Now that I’ve used it for several months (I’m a little late writing this review – I purchased it mid-2013), I can honestly say this is the quietest compressor I’ve ever seen or heard. Sure, airbrush specific compressors are probably much more quiet, but I’m pretty sure you can’t power a finish nailer with them… The footprint is also very small – in fact, I was able to tuck the compressor inside a cabinet directly below my airbrush station to further insulate the noise level. Did I mention you don’t have to add oil to the Senco PC1010 compressor…? Now, you won’t be able to run a large paint sprayer to repaint your outdoor lawn furniture, nor will it continuously run your large framing nailer to build your next prepper hideaway. But it’s perfect for my needs! Now excuse me while I go air up my kid’s bike tires…