Rolair JC10PLUS

An excellent compressor for furniture makers, cabinet makers, trim carpenters, and avid DIYers. The JC10PLUS has a reliable 1HP motor with a 70 percent duty cycle that delivers 2.4 CFM @ 90 PSI, along with a quick 45-second pump up time and a 13-second recovery rate - all at a super quiet 60 decibels.

Rolair JC10PLUS

Rolair JC10PLUS 2.5 Gallon 1HP Compressor

SOURCE:Dealer Search
Motor:1 HP, 7.5 Amp, 1,700 RPM
Tank Size:2.5 gallon
Delivered CFM: 2.4 @ 90 PSI
Pump-Up Time:45 seconds 
Recovery Time:13 seconds
Duty Cycle: 70%
Decibel Rating: 60 dBA
Includes:Air Filter
Warranty:1 Year
Full Specifications:Click Here

If you only use an air compressor intermittently and mostly with low air consumption tools, then a compact, hand-carry compressor will likely serve you well. These small compressors are easy to move about the shop or to and from a job site, don't take up much shop space, are pretty well maintenance-free, plug into a standard 15 amp circuit, and deliver enough air pressure to run pinners, staplers, and 18-gauge brad nailers. 

For the past four years I've been using a JC10 air compressor in my shop, mostly with a 21-gauge pinner, 18-gauge narrow crown stapler, and a blow gun to clean dust from shop machinery. It's been a reliable compressor that I've had no reservations in recommending to other woodworkers. 

The new JC10PLUS, which I've been using for the past five weeks, is an upgrade to the JC10 with some enhanced features that make it an even better compressor.


The JC10PLUS (left, photo above) looks almost identical to the JC10 that it replaces (right, photo above), having the same relative dimensions and weight. It retains the roll cage design, which provides very good protection for the motor and the key compressor components, especially when moving the compressor to and from a job site. The top mounted center handle now has a much thicker overmold that improves comfort.

You still get that great 70% duty cycle. That's the actual pump run-time per hour compared to the off-time per hour expressed as a percentage. This means that you can run the compressor for about 10 minutes out of every 15 minutes without the risk of overheating the motor. 

The JC10PLUS delivers 2.4 CFM of air @ 90 PSI, slightly higher than its predecessor. This compressor isn't designed for use with a framing or coil nailer, but will work just fine with pin and brad nailers, staplers, and blow guns. For most furniture and cabinet makers, hobbyist woodworkers and avid DIYers that's all the air volume you'll need.

The 2.5 gallon tank remains the same size. While a larger tank would be nice to have it would invariable come with a slower recovery time, along with greater weight and a higher price tag. I can live with this tank size. I measured the recovery time at an average 13 seconds and the pump-up time at 45 seconds – very decent.

I much prefer the new upward facing discharge pressure gauge (see below) – I no longer have to crouch down in front of the compressor to check the pressure level. The JC10PLUS now sports much thicker rubber feet that do a better job of reducing vibration. Another nice feature is that the knurled air valve has been replaced with a ball valve that's far easier to open and close. And, there is also a convenient power cord wrap. 

The 1HP motor is rated at 7.5 amps, which means that you can use it on a standard 15 amp circuit that you share with other tools – as long as the total draw doesn't exceed 15 amps.

And, of course, there is that fabulously low 60 decibel sound level. Like the JC10 it purrs like a kitten rather than roaring like a lion every time the motor kicks in to pump-up the tank. In a small shop this is a real blessing.

The JC10 was a very good compact compressor – the JC10PLUS improves on a good thing. 


Upward facing, easy to read discharge pressure gauge with a large regulator that rotates without any slop.

Easy to remove air filter that keep dust and debris from entering the motor and compressor pump.

Thick rubber mounts separate the motor housing from the compressor frame, helping to contain vibration and noise.

Big fat rubber feet protect the roll cage from damage, absorb vibration from the motor, and deaden sound.

Roll cage protects the motor and compressor, particularly when transporting it to a job site while the center mounted handle affords good balance. 

Cord wrap comes in handy when transporting the compressor to and from the job site.

Compact size makes it easy to store in the shop.

Carl Duguay
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