This compressor is on par with its competition in every test we’ve done. If you compare it to some of the expensive compressors it might fall behind slightly, but that is the best thing about it – it isn’t in that price range at all. The mid-range price along with the decent power output really put this DeWalt model on the map for a lot of people who are on a budget but still need something reliable.
Features That Make It Stand Out
If you decide to base your opinion on the comments about this product you might end up with the wrong idea. People are disappointed with it due to the fact that it doesn’t pump out enough pressure, but what many fail to understand is that it is a medium-sized compressor and they are treating it as if it can fill up an airship. If you want something which can sustain high pressurized air output, give the California Air Tools 5510SE a try. It has a smaller tank and a slightly smaller CFM reading, but in our tests, it did better over a longer period.
When using air tools, this thing delivers the highest of performances, all while keeping you safe and sound. Speaking of sound, this is one of the quietest compressors on the market and that can be a mighty selling point for people working in noise-sensitive environments.
It has an HFR (high-flow regulator) and quality couplers which guarantee you are getting the most out of your unit and your tools. Another amazing advantage of owning this compressor, as with the other lightweight ones, is that it weighs 30 pounds. Combine this practical weight with a 6-gallon tank and a handful of features, and you get a truly great air compressor. It has been reported that some users often need refills when using it and also get leakages, but for weeks of usage and multiple testing units, we haven’t found any of that to be true. Once again, this is a medium-range compressor, and the reason why some people might have been needing often refills is the fact that they’ve been treating it like a do-it-all compressor.
The power output goes up to 165 psi but delivers around 2.6 Standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM) at 90 psi. This is well on par with the rest of the compressors in this division.
A few more words on its power, though. As we mentioned, if you use this for mid to light tasks it will be your favorite tool. And that is only if you work with it alone. Add another user and a more demanding task, and the experience can quickly become disappointing. This is exactly the reason why we keep pointing out that you should treat it as a regular compressor and not demand too much of it.
The DWFP55126 is easy to maintain over the course of time but requires some of the usual check-ups needed for oil-lubed compressors. You can see the full list of inspections you have to do on our Buyer’s Guide page.
- Really quiet
- Good price for the value you are getting
- Delivers power when you need it
- Lives up to the 165 PSI description
- A 6-gallon tank
- Lightweight construction
- Easy to carry around and work with
- The motor has no issues starting up under bad weather conditions
- Works well with extension cords
- Can fall behind if you demand too much of it (ex. Bigger, more demanding tools, additional user, etc.)
- The 6-gallon tank might feel little for some jobs (ex. Car detailing)