D55140 Compact Air Compressor
DeWalt's D55140 compact air compressor comes with an integral cord wrap and an easily accessed ball-valve tank drain
Features The vital components of this compressor are all behind the metal face plate, and the whole thing is contained within a sturdy roll cage that forms an integral handle. In short, the compressor feels like it could get tossed or dragged around all day without a problem. Well-placed rubber feet, an integral cord wrap, and an easily accessed ball-valve tank drain round out the features.
Flaws The natural way of carrying this compressor (like a suitcase) means that it gets set down on the back end of the roll cage. It stands up fine in this position, but I would have liked some auxiliary rubber feet to protect the floor. Although it’s not a true flaw, this is one of the few compressors that requires a break-in period, which entails letting the compressor run continuously for 15 minutes before its first real use. Finally, judging by the fill-up and recovery times, this model isn’t meant for fast-paced production work.
Bottom Line The DeWalt seems well suited to small projects and moving from job site to job site. It has a respectable output for its size, and it averaged right in the middle in terms of fasteners fired before refilling the tank.