The PC1131 by Senco is a surprisingly compact compressor promising 100 PSI at 4.4 GPM. This translates to a reasonable amount of power for most household applications.
At $200, it’s also nothing if not competitively priced. I’ve had pretty good look with Senco tools in the past. How does the PC1131 compare?
First impressions of the PC1131 were somewhat mixed. I loved the size but hated the instructions. Measuring 20.5 by 16.5 by 14.5, it’s ideal for those low on storage space.
On the other hand, it took me a good thirty minutes to get everything set up thanks to less than helpful instructions. For some reason, Senco also chose to ship the product without the air filter already installed. Again, more frustration.
Once set up, however, there’s a lot to like.
It has a max PSI of 125 but to experience the full 4.5 GPM, you need to bring that down to 90 PSI. First time running, it takes less than a minute to get going. After that, you’ll looking at a recharge time of less than 20 seconds.
Overall it’s easily powerful enough for most household tasks. But realistically, you’ll want something bigger for commercial applications. I happily used the compressor on a nail gun, air gun, and framer.
The PC1131 is very small but not particularly light (61 pounds). Moving it around the garage is easy thanks to the handle on top. The lack of wheels however mean that it’s not something you’re going to want to lug any longer than that on a regular basis. It’s also worth noting that the handle isn’t exactly comfortable to hold. Without gloves, it seems to dig into the skin a little bit.
Given its size and oil lubrication, I was expecting it to be quieter. It turns out that it’s about average for a compressor of this power i.e. you could use it at night but you certainly can’t talk over it.
The 1131 is an oil lubricated compressor and this means that you will need to replace the oil approximately once per year. Other than that, it’s pretty much maintenance free.
The 1131 appears well built except for one caveat. The iron hose sticks out of the side and I can’t help but think it would be very easy to bump it into something and break it. Other than that, I’m not expecting any problems. Sencos a very respectable name, they provide a one year warranty and there are no durability complaints in customer reviews. You can also tell just by holding it that it’s built to last.
Reviews for the PC1131 are generally positive. At the time of writing, it’s been reviewed just over 60 times on Amazon for an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. This is pretty good for a product with so many moving parts. One customer also claimed ten years of use which is always good to see.
100 PSI won’t go far on in a commercial setting. For the household DIY fan however, it’s more than enough. Throw in the slim, light weight build, and the equally slim 200 dollar price tag, and I think it makes for an excellent purchase. Just try not to tear your hair out while setting it up.