DeWalt D55155 2 HP 4 Gallon Hand Carry Electric CompressorDeWalt
Shipping weight: 61.0 pounds
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DeWalt's 2-horsepower, 4-gallon compressor features an oil-lubricated design with a cast-iron cylinder to guarantee job site durability.
it's too much!, July 1, 2002
Reviewer: ossjr from Jersey City, New Jersey
This is a great compressor. It's quiet with plenty of power and the portability is great.. plus all the dials are in the right place with easy visibility... however there's the exception of one valve and a reset switch.. There's only an inch or so for clearance for the valve and I could only get to it with a screwdriver. Secondly, the reset switch is located too close to the cylinder housing and cooling system which are about as hot as the sun when the machine is running.. plus the switch itself is a little tiny.. certainly too small for the average construction guy with gorilla hands. I've one additional bad thing to say and that is that DeWalt could use some better paint to go with such a great looking compressor! there's already rust on my cylinder housing and I only purchased the unit a week ago! But overall, I would recommend it highly... namely because it's so dependable, powerful, innovative and the recovery time is great.
Dewalt and Emglo make a complete package, great compressor!, June 29, 2002
Reviewer: Craftsman Quality Construction (Curtis L. Cordwell) General Contractor from Chattanooga, TN
I am a general contractor building mostly new construction housing and I specialize in finish trim work. Someone decided they needed my trim compressor more then I did so I had to purchase another one. I must admit I was not to broken harted about it though because I have had my eye on Dewalt's new compressor now for some time. The sleek design, the way it protects its gauges, and its 2 quick conect air ports kept calling me every time I saw this compressor. I was not disapointed!! The unit is a little heavy for a portable compressor at over 60 lbs. especially at the end of the day, but it carries well with its handle and it does not slide around in the back of the truck. Inside a house a compressor's noise can seem to be greatly magnified but this unit seems almost quiet, it runs so smooth. I had a larger compressor for framing but this Dewalt compressor has done so well that I have sold my larger one and rely on just this one. It has a fast recovery time although in framing when more then 2 guns are being used it can get overworked a little. Most of the time it handles just fine. The unit really has no real flaws at all the air drain has a great little lever to drain the tank with, but it does blow out hard if you open it to quick and I am not convinced it drains all the condesation real well. I have found that you need to stand the unit up on its side for best draining results and open the vaulve slow. You should always try to use as little extension cord as possible and as heavy a one, at least 12 or better. There is a little black breaker on the compressor unit which can be a little dificult to locate and reset, it would be nice if on a newer version Dewalt would move it to the front with the gauges and quick connects. It has triped several time on us if we try and run too many things at a time such as a miter saw, table saw, and the compressor, but for normal use the draw of this compressor seems fine even on a 15amp breaker.
To sum it all up this is one really nice complete package compressor!! It is small enough for the little jobs yet tough enough for the more demanding jobs, within reason, remember it is only a 4 gallon, running at less the 15amp, compressor. With Dewalt and Emglo combine you will not go wrong buying this compressor, and unless you get a defective unit which happens with all products from time to time, you will have a compressor that should last a long time. Another great product from Dewalt thanks!! One last suggestion for Dewalt; (this unit is so great you might want to make an oiless version for people "like myself" who tend to be forgetful about stuff like, adding oil!!!)
LOOKS GOOD, BUT BREAKER DOWN, June 23, 2002
Reviewer: MYUNG H LEE from DALLAS, TX United States
As I am a professional carpenter using an air compressor every day for remodeling & repairs. I am getting old, so I was looking for a new compressor that is little and also heavy duty. When I saw the new DeWalt compressor, I thought that was it. Since I bought it last September 2001, I have had too many breaker(overload protector in the unit) down problems from most of the residential houses(8 out of 10), that is much higher rate than my old 5 hp/13 gallon one. I have to come to the compressor, drain the pressure air and recharge it. I don't know how many times I do this job every day. I am considering buying another one. Most of my tools are DeWalts. I really like DeWalt tools and their ideas.
Nice unit for most jobs, June 20, 2002
Reviewer: A home improvement enthusiast from Appleton, WI United States
I am a home builder up in Wisconsin and needed to buy a new air compressor a few months ago. I bought this Dewalt after reading countless positive reviews on this and other tool review sites. I immediately fell in love with the ergonomics of this compressor. It is easy to carry on and off the site which is always nice when you can't leave your tools set up over night. The frame is extremely sturdy and really protects the "weaker" parts that are usually exposed on other models (gauges, copper tubing, etc). So far I am pretty happy with this model. However, I have two issues that I would like to include in this review:
1. After less then one month of use, the black paint around the gauges actually began pealing off. I'm not talking about being scratched off, the paint is actually pealing off exposing the raw metal below. Rust will eventually set in I'm sure which doesn't make me too happy.
2. I sheeted a roof the other day with one other guy. Since there was only two of us, we simply tacked the sheets down and then waited until the end to completely nail the sheeting down. We had two paslode framing nailers going at once nailing 8 penny nails. This compressor couldn't quite keep up without both of us taking a quick break every minute or so. I guess I wouldn't expect it to keep up with two nailers nailing 8's, but I just want to make sure that people who are expecting it to are informed that it won't. You will have to step up to a bigger model for that. It has kept up with two roofing nailers quite easily though.
Overall, a nice unit that I see being a part of our crew for a long time. If it weren't for the paint issue, I would have given it 5 stars.
rental shop owner, March 27, 2002
Reviewer: A home improvement enthusiast from minnesota
I own a rental shop in minnesota and have one of these for rental, (I also have two other brands on hand that are newer). It goes out in the middle of winter with no starting problems. I'm going to buy 2 more because renters ask for them by name because they are quiet and run great. thanks.
Good compressor, March 21, 2002
Reviewer: Brian W Sammons from Doylestown, Ohio United States
I have owned this compressor for 6 months now. I am not a professional contractor but build projects for myself and others with brad to framing nailers. This compressor has performed flawlessly. I change oil every 2 or 3 months with Emglo synthetic oil to maximize the life of my purchase. Recommend to anyone looking for reliable portable air that will last.
JUST WHAT I NEEDED, March 16, 2002
Reviewer: the bunk man from Andover, Ohio United States
I AM A BUILDER BY TRADE AND I HAVE A 8HP GAS COMPRESSOR FOR MY LARGE JOBS. BUT I NEEDED TO HAVE A SETUP FOR TWO OR LESS NAILGUNS. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL EMGLOW COMPRESSORS AND THIS HAS MET EVERY JOB I BOUGHT IT FOR. I NEEDED IT TO RUN ON A 15 AMP BREAKER AND IT DOES. IF YOU NEED MORE AIR THEN I WOULD CONSIDER A 2 HP OR MORE SETUP. I LOVE THE HANDLE AND THE BALANCE OF IT TO CARRY AND LOAD IN THE TRUCK WITHOUT TIPPING OVER THE STACKED TANK MODELS WOULD FALL OVER OR ROLL AROUND THE TRUCK. THAT MAKES THE CONTROLS FAIRLY WELL PROTECTED.
OVERALL I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS UNIT!!!
DeWalt takes a classic to a new level, March 12, 2002
Reviewer: Michael S. Paulson from W Hyattsville, Md United States
As a full time contractor working alone I am always on the lookout for tools that will make the job go faster and easier. Last yearI spent many months researching a replacement for my ailing Campbell-Hausfeld oilless compressor. Originally I figured the CH had a higher air output, needed no oil changes,would work on slopes and start in cold weather. ...After forking over the big bucks and putting it to work for DeWalt's 30 Day trial period I couldn't believe I'd gone so long without this compressor. The unit has loads of features and advantages.
1) First of all the Emglo name on the unit reassured me that I was getting a tool built by the industry leader with a great reputation for tough, dependable compressors. The first day on the job proved it with quick cycling times and ample air at all times. The unit just purrs and runs smoothly.
2) Portability. I do a lot of work in luxury high rises and I've often left the compressor at home rather than drag it down endless corridors. This unit carries like a briefcase (a 60 pound one) with an ergonomic handle and good balance. The unit's flat design makes it easy to bungee tie to a light weight luggage carrier ...It can carry the whole unit with hoses and nail guns. I can't overemphasize how much easier this makes my job. I've paid for the compressor already in labor savings by bringing it to every trim job.
3) Eye candy. Let's face it, this is a sexy looking unit. I've had othe craftsmen come over and ogle the compressor and ask questions about it, but mostly admiring it. Customers have commented on it, how quiet it is and how professional it looks.I am percieved as a serious craftsman based on my setup (along with my Senco SFN-40)which is good for referrals.
In short, this is a serious tool for the professional contractor with loads of power(delivered air), durability, great design and looks. DeWalt took a classic, the Emglo 790, and improved the power output layout and design. My only complaint is the air release lever, an otherwise solid unit mounted on the underside of the tank. The opening is too narrow for your hand and the sharp stream of air can actually cut your skin. In addition the compressor shoots out small chunks of ICE from the tank creating dangerous projectiles that will cut your hand or riccochet into your eye. Don't know why it does that but just beware and open the valve SLOWLY.
Finally, I have a compressor that won't roll around in the back of the truck knocking off gauges and connections as I drive through the city. Hats off to DeWalt and Emglo for a match that combines legendary durability with great design.
Good Purchase, February 11, 2002
Reviewer: kenneth doege from brielle, new jersey United States
I purchased this machine on the advice/recommendations from this forum. I also heard from Emglo which makes the unit for DeWalt. I am truly satisfied with the unit. This is my first compressor purchase. I have used it extensively for the past two weeks installing hardwood flooring and trim work throughout the house. DeWalt now offers a rebate ( $50.00 ) for this unit, but you have to also purchase a DeWalt nail gun. Come on DeWalt-how about $ 25.00 for the compressor purchase? I qualify for the rebate but not so keen on their guns, hence no $$$ back. The unit is well designed and is user friendly. So far so good and am pleased with the purchase.
Great Unit, February 6, 2002
Reviewer: billnolan2 from Warwick, Rhode Island USA
Im very impressed with this new dewalt compressor.More than does the job running a framer all day long.The unit is also surprisingly quiet and runs very smooth.I love the two hose ports espesially for finish work! I keep my finish nailer hooked up on one and the brad nailer on the other,no more switching guns on and off hoses! I highly recommend this heavy duty,easy to carry compressor!