Author Topic: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor  (Read 548 times)

Alan H

California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:12:58 PM »
I have a 3.5HP Kobalt two cylinder Atlas Kopco CI air compressor in my shop that will raise the dead (and my wife upstairs at 6:30 a.m.) when it comes on.  I wanted something quieter for low volume service like a Fogbuster.  I looked into all sorts of alternatives and found California Air Compressor (CAT) and others who now produce super quiet units.  Of course they are far lower flow than my big unit but they are very quiet.  After much research, comparing, and calling I bought a CAT4610ALFC. 

A friend here asked me to post up a short review. 

I believe I received the compressor late December last year.  I bought it from Zoro via a flash sale and it was shipped direct from the manufacturer. 

The 4610ALFC Ultra Quiet Industrial Series compressor uses aluminum hot dog tanks and what CAT refers to as their 1 HP industrial pump/motor and claim a life of 4000 hours.   It weighs 44 lbs. 

I spoke with CAT's sales folks before I bought it and found out that their pumps and motors come from China. They assemble their compressor units in their San Diego facility. Some of their tanks come from Mexico. Their on/off control switches are Condor (a name I am familiar with). They claim there is a significant physical difference between the more expensive industrial motor/pump units they offer. For example the industrial version uses different Teflon for the rings but they were reluctant to discuss too much on the differences and claimed that was proprietary. They came across as honest and straightforward and were very careful not to make BS claims. They seemed naturally concerned about managing customers expectations in terms of flow rate capacities and performance.

I have found the unit to be absolutely leak free thus far.  It will sit for weeks and not drop a pound.  It is truly remarkable how quiet it is.  They claim 60 db and I believe it.  I have used it hooked up to my larger compressor tank as a receiver and run the Fogbuster off the CAT instead of the big compressor.  I had imagined locating the compressor in the vicinity of my machine tools/Fog buster but have found that this arrangement works really well.  I simply use my shop air header and it works so well it is still sitting where it first landed, although I put it on a small moving dolly so I can roll it around.

It is reasonably light but at 44 pounds but you don't throw it around.  I have hauled it to an offsite garage and found that it is what I would call portable.  Otherwise it sits next to its loud brother and it is used when the Fogbuster is running or other air requirements are low. 

I haven't had it long enough or used it enough to really put it a long term test on it but my experience with it thus far gives me absolutely no buyer's remorse.   I would buy it again.

Hope this helps. 
 
If you must choose between two evils, choose the one you've never done before.

4GSR

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2018, 08:19:03 PM »
Nice!

Is that in your living room? ;D
Ken

brino

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2018, 09:24:44 PM »
Alan,
Thanks for the review!
I am considering going this way when I replace my current compressor......I'd like to NOT worry anymore about the tank(s) rusting out.
-brino

firestopper

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2018, 09:38:13 PM »
Nice unit Alan. A buddy of mine has one (single tank) and is very quiet.
Turn and Burn,
Paco

Alan H

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2018, 07:22:50 AM »
Nice!

Is that in your living room? ;D
Yes, it is my living space!  I spend lots of time there. 

Reality is that my shop is in my basement.  When I had the house built, it was built specifically for a full basement for shop and garage.  That is good and bad.  Good is that I have a decent shop.  Bad is that I need to keep it reasonably clean to keep the filth out of the house.  I have currently have three dust collectors (soon to be only two) and several vacs.  I must admit that I am a neat freak as well. 
If you must choose between two evils, choose the one you've never done before.

firestopper

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2018, 07:51:30 AM »
being tidy is always a good attribute.
Turn and Burn,
Paco

4GSR

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2018, 08:47:32 AM »
Nothing wrong with being a neat freak.  I try to do the same here too.  I get reminded when the wife gets a steel shaving in her foot in the house!  I swear I keep the floor swept.
Ken

woodchucker

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2018, 10:11:05 AM »
Same here my basement is the shop. Wish I had a walkout.
My current project is building some ramps, and either a block and tackle or winch system to lower a dolly down. The base for my Delta Grinder is too heavy to lift, so I am going to lower it on the dolly, and when I die, my son will be able to use it to remove the machines (but they'll be in pieces, Too much weight ) to lift as is.

I wish I were a neat freak. I try to keep it clean, but ultimately I make a mess and have to clean it up.
Flat tops accumulate stuff.. That pisses me off the most, so I try to work and put things away. But right now my woodworking bench is covered, my metal bench is covered, so I am using a spare bench to work on the magnetic chuck .. And soon other parts of the grinder.
Jeff
Clausing 8520   SB Model 9a - power hacksaw, Milwaukee band saw in a table.  Delta Rockwell Surface Grinder (not online yet .. being rebuilt where am I going to stick this)
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Uncle Buck

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2018, 10:40:52 AM »
Unless you need the small compressor for remote work I am not seeing the need for it. On my 60 gallon upright I have a manual drain valve at the bottom I use daily, and I have a ball valve at the tank that I always throw right before walking out the shop door that prevents the compressor from running at all during my absence, hence no running and pissing off the wife possibility.

But maybe you just wanted a smaller huffer for remote work in which case, cool!  ;)
You boys better hold on cause i'm gonna have to stand on it!

chips and more

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2018, 12:05:52 PM »
Nice review, thanks! Noise is not an issue around my shop but itís good to know a quiet compressor exist. All my bench tops in the shop are magnets for crap, Iím hopelessÖDave

dlane

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2018, 01:46:07 PM »
Caution , it is known to the state of California that compressed air may cause cancer  ;D
Nice compressor.
Derrick

Jake Parker

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2018, 01:52:02 PM »
I dont think its the stuff in California, I think its California itself  that causes cancer!

PJB

Re: California Air Tools 4610ALFC Compressor
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2018, 08:28:24 PM »
Add my +1 vote.   The California Air units are definitely nice for what they are as OP pointed out.   
Mine is the GMC brand acquired with the Tormach mill for power drawbar.
I also have a 20 gal/ 4 "hp" (crapsman HP - so maybe 3/4 actual?) which is extremely loud and rarely gets used anymore.  The benefit of course is the large tank and increased CFM.   
One thing I tried that didn't work too well was connecting the tanks together using the second QD fitting on the CA unit.  I figured use the quiet CA compressor head to fill both tanks then it would not cycle as much.  Well what happened was is it took so long to bring both tanks to 100psi that the pump and motor on the CA got REALLY hot.  As in what the hell is burning in here? hot.  It ran and ran for like 10 minutes and when I put my hand on it I thought i got 3rd degree burn.  And the sizzling sound  ;D coming off it.   I may be wrong but the little oil less pump on it probably isn't rated for continuous duty cycle.  Live and learn.
 
So tell me - What's your fair share of everything I've worked for??? Nothing?  Correct answer!
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