Senco PC 1010N Review-Best 110V Air Compressor

Senco PC 1010N 1-Gallon Air Compressor

  • It is featured with so many added mechanical devices to ensure highest safety at your job site.
  • Very low operating noise makes it perfect for use in confined location.
  • It’s is perfect for the range of applications it has been made.
  • Light weight and easy to haul around.

  • Takes too much time to refill. Few customers complained against recover time to be longer than claimed.
  • The tank size is too small. So, storage finishes very fast and recycles frequently.
  • Not capable for tough job site.

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Review in Detail

Motor and Pump

SENCO PC1010N-is packed with 0.5 Running horsepower motor having 1 Hp peak. This draws stunningly low 4 amps allowing you to plug into an ordinary household outlet without the hassle of circuit breaker.

The unit comes with a single stage oil-free direct drive pump. So, you need not to bother about periodical oil change. Whereas direct drive pump is usually used in consumer grade compressors, belt-drive pump is engineered in industrial compressors operated in automobile shops. The pump mechanism includes cast aluminum cylinder, piston and a teflon cylinder rings.


SENCO PC1010N is packed with 1-gallon air tank ideal for light applications. With this small tank, you can sink about two dozen 23 gauge nails and one dozen 18 gauge nails. When it comes to finish nailer, you can sink only three to four nails before the motor starts on. Dewalt D55146 is one of the most popular model for framing nailer.

So, you know it is what it is. Being a lightweight and light-duty compressor, it's not going to give you a lot of capacity before it starts kicking on and running. If you're operating a lot of nails with a finish nailer, you're going to listen to this device going on all the time. But using a brad nailer or pin nailer, it’s piece of cake.


This compressor discharges 0.7 CFM at 90 PSI that allows to power small air tools out there. You should not expect finishing, framing and roofing a house all day long like professionals do.

Each air tool has certain requirement of PSI and SCFM rating that you will found on user’s manual or manufacturer’s webpage. Your compressor must produce that much air volume and pressure to run perfectly.

When buy an air compressor, first determine what sorts of air tools you are going to use. Then find out the top heavy-duty tool that requires highest SCFM at highest PSI and add extra 1.5 SCFM value to avoid buffering. Porter Cable C2002 and Makita Mac700 are mid-range air compressor usable for many heavy duty tasks.

Decibels of Noise

SENCO PC1010N produces 68 dBA of noise from 1 foot distance which makes it one of the quietest compressor on the market. This is ideal for indoor projects. Taking on its performance, its design, its quality, its quiet operational noise and then the value proposition, we definitely recommend this to a homeowner or fellow contractor.

Dimension and Portability

At 21 pounds and 14x13x10 inches dimension, you can carry this unit with one hand and you will hardly feel the weight of this machine.

 Additional features !

SENCO PC1010 includes lots of extra conveniences:

  • The industrial grade air filter helps the pump breathe fresh air and prevent unwanted particles entering inside the tank. If the filter gets dirty, don’t through it. Senco claims the filter as reusable. What you need to do is just cleaning it with detergent power and reinstall it when dry.
  • Standard ¼ inch air hose connector is flanked by the pump. it would be nice if they would make this double. You know, sometimes you have a small nailer or big nailer for trimming.
  • Right under the tank is drain valve to release moisture. It is always recommended to drain unwanted water to avoid corrosion and give the tank extended lifespan.
  • The non-skid beefy rubber feet absorb vibrations and noise. You can put the unit right on hardwood floor, you're not going to scratch the floor.
  • A plastic construction shroud covers the pump to prevent it from unwanted bump. One side is kept open for ventilation.
  • Just at back of motor switch, there is safety valve that releases unwanted extra pressure for safety purpose.
  • 6 feet long 115-volt electric power cord is included with this unit allowing you to plug into a remote outlet.
  • At the bottom of output pressure gauge is the pressure regulator to supply desired air pressure.
  • Two pressure gauges are available to monitor storage pressure and outlet pressure.
  • An integrated metal roll bar gives the unit increased protection.
  • The foam grip makes portability convenient and easy.

Caution: We firmly discourage to open the drain valve when the tank pressure is above 9 PSI.


Light weight and built for trimming SENCO PC1010N is best in its class. If you need to run only brad nailer or staple nailer, no other compressor having same size and weight can satisfy you more than this.

It’s really nice and small electric air compressor; you can just take both nailer and the unit and carry it around with you. You will get everything you thought it would do be in a mini sized compressor.

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