Tool Review – Senco Trim Compressor

By Jared Patchin | Posted: 04/26/2014 2:25PM


This little air compressor is my second favorite product made by Senco, the first being their new cordless F-18 nail gun. We have been using the Senco PC1010 for about 10 years on our cabinet and shutter jobs, and just recently upgraded to the newer PC1010N. This little compressor is my go-to air compressor on our cabinet jobs. The PC1010N weighs just 21 pounds, which makes it incredibly easy to transport, especially if your job site happens to be on the 3rd floor of a downtown condo! We do have a larger 4-gallon, 53-pound Emglo oil compressor, which provides a much larger volume of air, but it also provides a much larger footprint and heft for us to lug around. 99% of the time, we turn to the Senco when loading up the trailer.

Senco Trim CompressorSenco Trim Compressor The PC1010N provides plenty of air for all of our needs as cabinet installers and it does so without requiring you and your clients to wear ear plugs. It’s quiet enough that you can continue carrying on a conversation with it running, which is especially when you are working in somebody’s house while they are home. The 1-gallon tank, and 1/2 HP motor provide plenty of air to install baseboard, trim, and crown moulding without having to wait for the pressure to build-up.

Now, be aware, the light weight and small size creates some limitations. While installing a maple hardwood floor in my brothers home, the PC1010N just didn’t have the volume of air necessary to keep up with the speed at which we were laying the flooring, so we had to switch over to the Emglo. I was also able to out pace the PC1010N on a cabinet job recently. My installer and I were hanging a tongue and groove ceiling and, given the simplicity of the layout and the speed at which we were able to move, we ran the compressor continuously for long enough that we smelled the unmistakable scent of an overheating motor. We decided it was best to stop for a while, let it cool down, and slow our pace after that.

But, short of these two times, which were indeed out of this compressors scope of work, we have never been disappointed by its design or performance. As a cabinet shop owner, I am always looking for tools which will make my installers life easier, and for a $200 or so investment, I have been incredibly pleased.


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Jared Patchin J Alexander Fine Woodworking Network

Jared Patchin

Jared Patchin started woodworking professionally in 2008 when he set-up J.Alexander Fine Woodworking in Boise, ID, where he builds custom crafted furniture and cabinetry. He started building furniture at the age of seven when his father bought Shutter Crafts. He has developed his craft since then, moving from making wooden swords for himself and his friends to building some of the finest furniture and cabinetry available. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two young sons, who have taken over the sword making side of things.

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