View Full Version : Dewalt Air Compressor

07-16-2007, 07:12 PM
I saw this in the Lowes weekly ad. What do you guys think of it? I would just use it as an around the house nailer, fill tires, etc. Wont be using impact wrenched or anything big like that.

http://lowes.shoplocal.com/lowes/default.aspx?action=detail&flashbrowse=y&storeid=2505419&rapid=423581&pagenumber=18&listingid=-2093031841&ref=%2flowes%2fdefault.aspx%3faction%3dbrowsepagef lash%26storeid%3d2505419%26pagenumber%3d18%26rapid %3d423581%26prvid%3dlowes-070721

Workin' 4 Toys
07-16-2007, 09:25 PM
That one appears to be the same as this one...;)
Oil free...I prefer the following (http://www.amazon.com/DeWalt-D55141-Horsepower-Oil-Free-Compressor/dp/B000H67YT2/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7809295-3844608?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1184635286&sr=8-1)

I have this one, I prefer oil in the case...;)
Oil lubricated pump (http://www.amazon.com/DeWalt-D55155-Horsepower-Gallon-Compressor/dp/B00005NMUY/ref=sr_1_23/103-7809295-3844608?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1184635383&sr=8-23)

07-16-2007, 09:29 PM
I picked up that exact combo in the spring at a local tool show because I am in the process of finishing my basement. It worked great with my neighbours framing nailer and has worked well for a few small nailing and stapling jobs. I'm just in the boarding stage so have not had to use it for any finishing nailing yet.

I think it is definately quieter than some other compressors I have used and it is also a very handy size and shape for moving around. I would recommend it.

07-16-2007, 09:35 PM
This is a great air compressor, industrial quality. My company sells them and you will be very happy with your purchase. Check some local independent distributors of DeWalt, they will be able to provide you with service and backup should you have a problem, unlike Lowes....I pull for the little guy, we are a small fish in a big lake...:D

Workin' 4 Toys
07-16-2007, 09:38 PM
Opps...Didn't post the one with the nailers...:o
Here it is (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HZGTF8/sr/ref=pd_cp_hi_0/103-7809295-3844608?ie=UTF8&qid=1184635286&sr=8-1&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-41&pf_rd_r=1PSECYCDN6FATAP3S1C1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=277661601&pf_rd_i=B000H67YT2)

07-16-2007, 09:51 PM
SDA, you will find that while small compressors offer the same pressure as their big brothers, they lack volume for big jobs. For example, when filling tires, a small compressor will have to continually kick on to refill the tank. The problem is that the tank empties faster than it fills and as a result you have to sit and wait for the tank to refill before you can really make anymore significant progress, so it is a lot of stop and start. Not a huge deal if you are a patient person. However, the portability is a great feature of small compressors.

07-16-2007, 10:40 PM
I have a DeWalt Compressor and it rocks. It is worth every penny.

Wouldn't trade it on any of the bigger larger tanked non-DeWalt Compressors......well maybe on of the big boys.

07-16-2007, 10:56 PM
That one appears to be the same as this one...;)
Oil free...I prefer the following (http://www.amazon.com/DeWalt-D55141-Horsepower-Oil-Free-Compressor/dp/B000H67YT2/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7809295-3844608?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1184635286&sr=8-1)

I have this one, I prefer oil in the case...;)
Oil lubricated pump (http://www.amazon.com/DeWalt-D55155-Horsepower-Gallon-Compressor/dp/B00005NMUY/ref=sr_1_23/103-7809295-3844608?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1184635383&sr=8-23)

I've been in the air compressor business for over 20 years and I agree with Workin's position completely. Oil-Less compressors have sealed pre-lubricated bearing assemblies which, with a compresor in this price range, are basically non-serviceable or simply not worth servicing for the money. Oil flooded machines offer a much longer service life since you can change the oil.

The other point that is often missed in the consumer compressor market is the fact that you're buying a machine that can produce a quantity of air at a specific pressure, not horsepower. The quantity of air is measured in CFM (cubic feet per minute)and the pressure in PSI (pressure per sqare inch). For average use around the home you'll need no more than 100 - 125 PSI as long as you have adequate CFM. It's kinda like water in your home, you can have plenty of pressure but if you're not gettting enough water out of the faucet you're going to have a tough time getting anything done.

If you try to get as many CFM (4 - 5 minimum) as you can with a discharge pressure of at least 100 PSI and stay oil-flooded you should be in great shape for a long time based on the uses you describe.

Good luck!

07-16-2007, 11:31 PM
I'm really hoping that my Bostich compressor breaks so that I can buy this one...


I've used a Dewalt on a building site and it survived a terrible amount of abuse. I'm a huuuuge fan of dewalt hand held tools but the porter cable above just ticks every box I want...

07-17-2007, 12:33 AM
Thanks for posting guys. I think I'm going to go with this one. I wont be using it all that often so i don't want to go overboard. I would go with the 4 gallon one you have workin4toys but it doesn't come in a combo with nailers and plus,the 2 gallon has a $70 rebate.

Then I can put the $70 i save into gas for the boat:headbang:

Workin' 4 Toys
07-17-2007, 10:31 PM
I have a compressor from the mid 80s, "oiled" pump. It is beat to death, ugly as he!! but still works like a champ. And it actually may still have the original oil in the case:o . If I had to guess, thousands of hours on it. I had the switch go out on it several years ago from someone pulling it across the floor by the cord, so it shorted out. $30.00 switch it was back in business. I also have the Dewalt as I mentioned early "oiled" pump, not near as many hours, but works like a tank. Someone dropped it for me:rolleyes: at one time and cracked the air intake filter off. Otherwise, works great not one problem. I also have a craftsman "oilfree" 30 gallon. I had it plumbed in for a central air system in my last house. So I had an air line in all my work areas from one compressor. It has maybe a few hundred hours on it, and it ready for its 3rd rebuild on the compressor.....