Senco PC1010: 1 HP Peak 1-Gallon Portable Air Compressor Review

If you do a simple Google search of the Senco PC1010 you will come across so many reviews.

Almost all of them are positive. They heap praise on almost every aspect of this compressor: its performance, construction, usability etc.

And, this is my honest review of the Senco PC1010.

Senco PC1010 review
Senco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak, 1/2 hp running 1-Gallon Compressor
(4.4 / 5)
The Senco PC1010 is  perfect for homeowners, DIYers, hobbyists, and crafters. With it, you can complete any small job that requires an air compressor.

That’s unsurprising, Senco is a reputable and well-established brand that has been around for well over 70 years. But when it comes down to suitability a strong brand is beside the point, right?

Absolutely! At least that’s the case for me. As someone whose work revolves around using air compressors, I’ve worked with so many models.

And one thing that I’ve learned is that while the brand is important, it is secondary to suitability. However you are planning to use the air compressor, you need one whose performance and functionality match your needs.

Now back to the topic, is the Senco PC1010 suitable for you? Are all the positive reviews legitimate? I tried it for myself and this is what I found out:

Senco PC1010N 1 HP vs Senco PC1010N 1/2 HP vs California CAT-1P1060S Comparison Chart

Personally, I was impressed by what the Senco PC1010 can do. In case you are not you could consider an alternative compressor.

When I think of models that come close to this one my mind immediately goes to the Senco PC1010N and the California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S.

Both are within the PC1010’s price range. In fact, the Senco PC1010N is made by the same manufacturer as the PC1010. But how do they compare? Below are their pros and cons.

Senco PC1010N Review

Senco PC1010N 1 Gallon Finish and Trim Portable Air Compressor
Senco PC1010 Air Compressor Review
Senco PC1010 1 Gallon Air Compressor
California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Air Compressor Review
California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Quiet Portable Air Compressor
Customer Rating (4.1 / 5) (4.3 / 5) (4.5 / 5)
PriceSenco PC1010N price
Senco PC1010 price
California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S price
Tank1 gallon1 gallon1 gallon
PSI135 PSI max120 PSI max150 PSI max
CFM0.7SCFM @ 90 PS0.7 CFM at 90 PSI1.20 CFM at 90 PSI
Voltage120 volt 115 volt 110 volts
Noise level68 dBa73 dBa56 dBa
Horsepower1/2 HP1/2 HP0.6 HP
Bottom LineSenco PC1010N is an impressive unit that is powerful, portable and noiseless – giving you an easier time while operating it.Senco PC1010 is a handy acquisition for any DIY handyperson who enjoys the occasional home remodeling, crafting or small-scale inflation.The quality and convenience of California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S make it a high standard unit for both DIY-ers and professionals

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Why Taking Senco PC1010 1 hp Peak 1-Gallon Portable Air Compressor?

In The Box

The Senco PC1010 was delivered in a red plastic case. It’s a nice little carrying case that is branded Senco’ at the top and side. There’s a sturdy and well-fit handle (black in color) at the top that makes the case very easy to carry.

Inside the box is the PC1010 air compressor fitted with two pressure gauges, an air filter, a regulator and ¼-inch universal coupler. That’s everything you need, it does come as a complete package.

Size and Construction

This compressor is small. It weighs just about 20 pounds, anyone can move it from place to place effortlessly. Its dimensions are approximately 14 x 13 x 10 inches, a perfect size to carry around.

The miniature size is a definite attraction because it enhances portability. But even more impressive is the solid construction. The one-gallon tank is made of corrosion-free aluminum.

Besides keeping the weight down, aluminum makes this compressor very rugged. It can withstand the normal knocks that come with outdoor work projects. Trust this unit to serve you for a very long time to come.

The whole compressor is impressively compact and features a hot dog design.

There’s a cushioned handlebar at the top to further make it portable. So while it might not ideal for projects that require long stretches of high airflow, it is perfect for small (especially DIY and domestic) tasks that require mobility.

And it has a rubber base that prevents scratching when you’re using the pancake compressor.

The Pump

A compressor’s pump contributes to performance in so many ways. In the case of the Senco PC1010, it is made out of cast iron and features a direct drive induction motor. The setup ensures high efficiency by preventing leakages.

Another great feature of the PC1010 is that it is fitted with an air intake filter. This piece of equipment not only cleans but also dries air before it is fed to the compressor. It is completely removable and washable.

Senco PC1010 is one of the best reputable and well-established air compressor
Senco PC1010 has the drain valve to remove moisture when it builts up.

And in case of moisture builds up anyway, you can remove it using a drain valve that is conveniently installed on the compressor. Maintaining the pump is quite easy because it doesn’t need or use any oil.

So many things to like about this pump. First its oil-less, so no messy workstations or frequent oil budgets. Secondly, it is well-constructed.

Even by touching it you can feel its strength thanks to the iron material used. It also has a nice air cleansing mechanism that enhances durability


The Senco PC1010 is designed to be used as a stationary and corded machine. It’s actually an electronic device that takes 110/120V of electric.

With that power, this compressor can deliver 20 to 44 drives per minute. Why all that range? Well, the exact figure depends on the attached air tool.

Regardless, it is rated at 0.5 horsepower when running and has a maximum of 1 horsepower. Maximum output is 125 pound per square inch (psi). You can achieve that with an SCFM of 0.7 @ 90 psi.


Senco PC1010 is the one of th best reputable and well-established air compressor on the market
Senco PC1010 has maximum output is 125 PSI and 0.7SCFM @ 90 PSI.

Its efficiency is pretty impressive. While the pump up time is about 2 minutes, the recovery time is only 35 seconds. That allows for minimum downtime and maximum usage.

125 psi for a compressor this small is beyond fantastic. It might not be the best for tasks that require constant air flow but if you are looking for a home-based compressor that can help you complete small projects then this is it.

Low Noise Level

If you are anything like me you’re probably looking for the quietest compressor. Well, I did a little noise test on this unit, and to my surprise, it is very quiet.

My DB meter reading was about 70db when placed an inch away from the machine. At one foot away the reading dropped to just 65db. The ambient reading (when not running) was a mere 25db.

The 70db is extremely quiet, almost as quiet as a normal conversation between two people. Usually, when a manufacturer compromises on the size they have to make a powerful and noisy pump.

But not with the Senco PC1010 it is compact in size and quiet when operating. It’s even more mind-blowing when you consider it is an oil-less machine.


Those are all the highlight features of the Senco PC1010 compressor. Appealing, right? Well, how or where can you use this machine? Here are some of its application areas:

  • Airbrushing: you can use it for light airbrushing that doesn’t require a large sprayer. It may come in handy if you do crafts like tattoo, posters and acrylic nails.
  • Dusting: another application area is dusting electronics like computers and laptops.
  • Finishing: after a project, you might need to use a small nail gun for attaching cabinet trims, railings and baseboards. This compressor works well with such small nail guns.
  • Tire inflation: it is pretty fast at inflating tires and it doesn’t cycle on/off frequently.

Shortcomings of Senco PC1010

The only issue is the coupler. It only accepts ¼˝ ends. If you can’t get that you can’t use this machine even with a 3/8˝ hose.

Despite the direct drive induction motor used, the Senco PC1010 still allows a very slight air leak at the nozzle. You may need to do some thread sealing to remedy that.

Also, its 0.7 @ 90 psi rating means you can only use it with small tools like upholstery staplers and brad nailers. And it doesn’t work with 220/240V of power. If your wall outlet is not 110/120V you can’t use this compressor.

Additionally, you might hear some metallic rattling noise during the pressurizing cycle. It’s a really mild sound. I want to think that if it used to oil the rattling sound wouldn’t be there at all.

What can Senco PC1010 1 HP 1 Gallon Portable Air Compressor be used for?

The Senco PC1010 is obviously not meant for heavy duty to work what with the 1-gallon tank and maximum horsepower of 1. So if you are a contractor this might not serve you to satisfaction.

It is however perfect for homeowners, DIYers, hobbyists, and crafters. With it, you can complete any small job that requires an air compressor.

The small weight, portable design, and heavy-duty carrying case make it unisex and ideal for portability.

It’s also very quiet. You need that when you are working in and around the house. If you are doing major renovations you can use this for finishing.

The Bottom Line

There’s so much to like about the Senco PC1010. If it’s not the lightweight and compact design that will attract you perhaps the compressor’s efficiency will. Or maybe it is its ease of use and the fact that it is maintenance-free.

Whatever the case, having this compressor will help you a great deal. It is a handy acquisition for any DIY handyperson who enjoys the occasional home remodeling, crafting or small-scale inflation.

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