Air Compressor Reviews

Senco PC1010 Air Compressor Review

In this Senco PC1010 review we will be finding out if the lightweight compressor really does live up to its very positive customer feedback.

Hitting the scales at only 20 lbs, the Senco PC1010 is very easy to carry around within the job area as you work. The compressors small size (W-12.5 x H-10.3 x D-14), is a real bonus when working in confined areas or for those with limited shop space.


  • Compressor Weight: 20 lbs (9.07 kg)
  • Height: 13″ (330 mm)
  • senco pc1010 portable air compressorLength: 14″ (356 mm)
  • Width: 10″ (254 mm)
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Power: Electric
  • Maximum AMPs: 4 amps @115V
  • HP: 0.5 hp
  • Pump Type: Oil Free
  • SCFM at 90 psi: 0.7
  • Max Pressure: 125 psi
  • Pump-up Time: 128 Seconds (0 – 125 psi)
  • Recovery Time: 35 Seconds (90 – 125 psi)
  • Tank Storage: 1 gallon

Motor and Pump:

The PC1010 uses a direct drive motor/pump that gives a highly effective operation for many different types of jobs. The pump is oil free, which means that you will never need to worry about checking and changing the oil. Both the cylinder and head are manufactured from Aluminum, which helps to dissipate the heat, making the pump run more efficiently.

With a one-gallon capacity, the Senco PC1010 is ideal for a range of refurbishment, remodelling, hobby and craft projects. The tank fill time from 0 – 125 PSI is an acceptable 128 seconds and recovery fill time from 95 – 125 PSI is 35 seconds.senco pc1010 motor

The motor has a protective breaker located on the pump. Excessive amperage draw will result in the breaker tripping to protect the motor, however, with only a 4 amp draw, it is unlikely that you will be tripping any breakers.

The safety relief valve is designed to prevent system failures by relieving pressure from the system when the compressed air reaches a predetermined level. The valve is preset by the manufacturer and must not be modified in any way.

Although an electrical extension cord is not recommended due to loss of power and motor overheating, if an extension must be used, the cord should adhere to the following requirements:

Cable Length    Wire Gauge
Up to 25 ft         12 AWG
Up to 100 ft       10 AWG
Up to 150 ft         8 AWG
Up to 250 ft         6 AWG

Senco PC1010


The compressor has two gauges these are; the air tank pressure gauge that shows the pressure within the tank and the outlet pressure gauge that shows the air pressure available at the outlet side of the regulator. The air pressure coming from the air tank is controlled by the regulator knob. Turning the knob clockwise increases the discharge pressure, and anti-clockwise decreases the discharge pressure. Overall, the controls on the Senco make the machine very simple to operate.


With a noise output of only 69 db, the Senco is considerably less noisy than most of the comparable pancake tank compressors, so you will never need to be concerned about waking up the neighborhood when running it.

The rubber feet will also prevent the machine from scratching the floor and stop it from vibrating around.

In the review video below, you can actually see how small and lightweight the compressor is.


A few owners have expressed concerns that the Senco air compressor cycles much too frequently and takes too long to refill the tank, however, the Senco is a very small and portable air compressor, it has not been designed to be a professional construction machine. If you want to operate two or more guns at the same time, or use air tools with a high SCFM requirement then this compressor won’t be for you. However, for small trim jobs the Senco is the ideal companion.


Before buying the machine you have to understand that this is a compact compressor with only 1/2 HP (running) and a 1 gallon storage tank. If the compressor is used for the purpose that it has been designed, i.e. very small jobs that don’t require a continuous or high SCFM air supply then the tank capacity and refill time shouldn’t be a concern.

If you are buying the Senco for use on tires and inflatables, be aware that you will need to also purchase an air hose inflation kit with the adaptors required.

Overall, the light weight and size of the Senco PC1010 makes this one of the most compact and lightweight air compressors on the market. Another bonus is the low noise output, making it ideal for use within a home or small shop environment.


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Updated: October 31, 2019 — 6:12 pm
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