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D55140 Compact Air Compressor

DeWalt - D55140 Compact Air Compressor

DeWalt's D55140 compact air compressor comes with an integral cord wrap and an easily accessed ball-valve tank drain

$120.00 (As of 12/6/2011)

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I must be upfront, I have not owned one of these compressors but a trim contractor for me has and he cant give it away. He mentioned the same complaint as one other review that shortly after he got it it developed a leak behind the shroud and Dewalt would not help him out with warranty. As a result the unit runs almost all day regardless if he is pulling air or not. I have had issues with other Dewalt compressors in the past and have switched to a Bosch CET4-20W and would highly recomend it over any Dewalt model.

This Dewalt compressor seemed as though it was a good compressor, although heavy at first. It quickly became apparent, however, that it lacked the recovery time to be of much use. I have used it on a framing gun, and on a small air stapler, and it could not keep up with either one. Between that and the heavy weight, I took it to a pawn shop and bought a Rigid that was lighter and quicker. I would never buy a Dewalt compressor again!

It's compact and did the job, feels like it's built well, though the gallon capacity was small and would need to refill several times. However, after having it for a few years, and using is infrequently, it developed a leak, somewhere in the compressor, under the shroud, so I can't see where. It's out of warranty, and I don't think it's worth it to fix it.

I've had this compressor about 3 years, using it to run a trim nailer. I occasionally to drive a few framing nails with a farming gun. I like this compressor because it is quiet, easy to carry and compact. I like how most of the sensitive parts are tucked inside the roll cage. Air pressure is easy to adjust using the control knobs on top. The design of the power cord wrap is simple and quick.

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