The design is the usual professional black and yellow that we’ve come to expect from DeWalt, with a nice lightweight 36-pound body and a handle that makes it easy to transport. It’s also very thin at 12.5 inches meaning it can be stored easily and won’t hinder other tools in your space. This is hugely beneficial when you need to transport it in a car or truck and you can stow it as easily as you would a piece of luggage. The warranty isn’t anything to get excited about: a 1-year limited warranty and support team if needed. Since the durability of the unit is unquestionable, you shouldn’t need to even think about the warranty. This unit is a great deal, fairly quiet, and ultra portable, so make sure not to pass it up.
For a unit so small it packs quite a punch, albeit a little tamer than some of the others on the market. It gets by with a belt drive that reaches 1.1 max HP, which is impressive since the capacity of the tank is only 2.5 gallons and the pump speed is 2,300 RPM. You’ll get a small, fast air compressor that won’t have huge power gains but won’t overtax itself or take a long time to regenerate. The regulator is high flow and is one of a series of great advancements on this product that makes it quick and effective. Don’t let the low 12-amp power draw fool you — the unit can fire a large amount of nails before needing to refill, and when it does refill it’s extremely fast. All of this is provided in a nice power-friendly package that won’t trip any breakers even when it’s in full operation.
To quantify how fast this unit recharges when compared to other air compressors, it can cut your overall recharge time by up to 15%. Over the course of a work day that really adds up, meaning you work more efficiently and get your project done on time or ahead of schedule. You can even run up to a 50-foot extension cord and not worry about affecting the efficiency of the unit under high gains.
If you are frequently in tight spaces or weird angles then lugging around an air compressor and standing it a certain way can really be a pain. The lightweight design of the unit makes moving and storing it a breeze. While transporting or storing the unit you can have it in the horizontal or vertical position and it won’t affect performance. This is a gamechanging innovation that gives you a lot of options while working, and even more options when putting the unit away. The unit lacks big wheels but has a roll cage and control panel that protects the air compressor from major damage from work-related hazards or just plain mishandling. If working with multiple nailers you can use the dual quick couplers to attach both. The feature to use dual tools is very easy to access and requires little configuration on your end; the machine will do the complicated stuff for you.
Draining the tank is as easy as flipping a switch thanks to the ball valve drain. Regular, common-sense maintenance and features like this ensure that you’re not running to DeWalt to use your warranty. Unlike a lot of other units of this type you get a convenient cord-wrap feature so you don’t have to worry about separating the key components of the unit when you’re transferring it from one job site to the next. This works especially well for users that have multiple compressors and don’t want to mix cords with other units by mistake.
A portable unit with a 2.5-gallon tank could have a lot of flaws, but DeWalt did a good job of making sure that this air compressor was one to look out for. It’s extremely quiet, fast, and convenient to use on multiple jobs. In this little unit they managed to squeeze in features that rival bigger air compressors on the market. You’re not going to find a lot of units that are this small and this portable that can handle two tools simultaneously and still have a quick recovery time. It would be nice to have maybe a 3 or 4 gallon tank, but then that would void it’s portability and ease of storage. DeWalt really went to bat with this model, and hopefully it’s one of many that will prove that portable units are worth the money.