DeWalt Trim Compressor

WOOD magazine rating


* .75 SCFM delivered @ 90 PSI pump, 1.0 gallon tank and 135 max PSI
* Oil-free pump
* Roll cage and control panel provide protection to compressor components
* 2.6 amp draw motor
* Ball valve drain
* One quick coupler to support 1 nailer
* Cord wrap
* High-flow regulator
* Horsepower: 0.3 HP
* Tool Weight: 24 lbs.

WOOD magazine review

A compact, whisper-quiet air compressor

Review Summary

I love those lightweight air compressors that pack enough punch to drive a finish nailer, brad nailer, or pinner, yet are easily carried into the house for occasional trim jobs. Weighing in at 28 pounds, DeWalt’s 1-gallon D55140 weighs less than half as much as the 4-gallon units we used to call “compact.” But this compressor is no lightweight when it comes to performance. I used it to power my framing nailer, and it drove 10, 3-1/2" nails before the motor kicked in to top off the tank.
Even while recharging I was able to drive more framing nails. What impressed me most, though, is how little noise this unit makes. While trimming out a door in a neighbor’s house, I fired up the D55140 right next to my wife and the neighbor while they chatted. Neither of them had to raise their voices to continue talking. The pressure gauges and adjustment knobs are easily accessible, and the unit carries like a dream: well balanced and close to my body without banging my knee with every step. You can buy the D55140 by itself or comboed with DeWalt’s 2" brad nailer and a 25' hose to make it an even better value. —Tested by Steve Feeney

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