DeWalt D55151 Review

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When you are looking for a dependable air compressor, you can’t beat the DeWalt brand for reliability. The DeWalt D55151 hand carry compressor is one that can be used by both home users and professionals alike. It is easy to use and has a quick recovery time.

At-A-Glance Specs
Brand:
DeWalt
Model:
D55151
Category:
Consumer
Style:
Twin stack
Weight:
54 pounds
Tank Size:
4 gallons
Peak HP:
2.5
CFM@90 PSI:
3.2
Max Pressure:
100 PSI
Pump Type:
Single-stage
Oil Type:
Oil-free
Noise:
80 dBA
Rating:
(1-5 stars)

DeWalt D55151 Review

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Size

The D55151 air compressor has a 4 gallon tank and weighs a little over 53 pounds and is meant to be carried by hand. With its good balance, it’s easier than it may seem. For the more experienced users, the weight is probably not prohibitive but most women will probably not enjoying having to move it around. It is considered lightweight for its size.

Performance

A 1.1 horsepower motor powers the DeWalt D55151 and it uses a standard 120 volt power supply. It registers 3.2 CFM at 100 psi, which is the maximum psi it reaches. This rating makes it slightly better than average when it comes to air compressors in this category. The pump speed maxes out at 3,400 rpm.

Pump Type

This is an oil lubricated pump which makes the DeWalt last longer than other oil-less air compressors on the market. It has a high-flow regulator for better performance and a dual soft start valve assist so you can start it up quickly and easily in cold weather. It is a twin stack tank for easy storage.

Noise Level

While the DeWalt D55151, which registers at 80 decibels, is considered a fairly quiet air compressor, it of course can’t be used next to a sleeping baby. It’s probably a bit quieter than the kitchen blender you have on the counter right now.

Who It's For

This product is for those who like doing things on their own at home instead of hiring people to do the work for them. It is a good way of saving money; the only cost is the investment in this machine. It can be used at home or on contracting jobs and the quick recovery time, about 16 seconds, means you can handle a framing job or finishing work fairly easily.

Pros

  • Quick recovery time
  • Built-in handle for portability
  • Oil lubricated pump for longer life
  • Cold weather start assist
  • Cast iron to ensure the life of the pump
  • Comes with DeWalt Compressor Oil

Cons

  • A little heavy to carry around
  • Only reaches 100 psi
  • Does not come with a full set of accessories

Final Verdict on the DeWalt D55151 Air Compressor

This air compressor is one of the better ones on the market and has a good reputation among owners. The DeWalt name has been a trusted name in tool manufacturing for years and you can be sure that you are getting a quality product. The power of this engine gives you the oomph you need to properly work with most air tools. It can be used as a blower and you can attach various hose lengths in order to work in larger areas.

It easily runs off of home power without tripping the breaker, so you don’t have to worry about constantly repositioning the pump. The handle is a very effective way to cart it around, most people prefer to leave it in the bed of a truck so you have it with you and you limit the amount you have to move it as it is rather heavy. The added weight of the DeWalt D55151 also protects the tanks from damage making the air compressor last longer. If you're looking for even more power, consider the Ingersoll Rand P1IU-A9, also a hand carry unit. For less power but but a much more portable unit, the Rolair JC10 is a good option.

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