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We wrote about DeWalt’s other new portable compressor last week, and this one seems to be equally well designed, though larger — and more targeted more towards higher-CFM applications like auto body work as opposed to driving nailers and such.

It’s quick specs: 15 gallon capacity, 200 PSI max pressure, and a 78 dBA operational noise level.

It’s capable of 5.4 SCFM @ 90 PSI, which should do well for operating some (though not all) air tools.  It also operates on good ‘ole standard 120V AC, and draws a low enough amperage to allow use with an extension cord — 12 gauge or heavier and less than 50 ft. according to DeWalt.  It features the same kind of metal console panel as their other new portable compressors, and it looks pretty durable.

It also features semi-pneumatic tires, which should stabilize it when you’re pulling it across uneven surfaces, like gravel.  A ball valve drain and oil-free pump keep maintenance simple as well.

Street pricing starts around $333.

Heavy-Duty 200 PSI 15 Gallon Electric Wheeled Portable Workshop Compressor [DeWalt]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

2 Responses to Finds: DeWalt’s 15 Gallon Wheeled Compressor

  1. Rick says:

    Wow.. that looks like a decent spec compressor for a relatively decent price. I’m still gonna wait, but I’m hoping to pick up a decent compressor (ideally with wheels like this one, and upright for a smaller footprint)..

    Any thoughts on if this would be appropriate to run HVLP paint guns?

    – Rick

  2. Toolaremia says:

    Rick, this would not be enough to run an HVLP gun. They take a mountain of air, even if it is at low pressure. Frankly, this compressor would be running constantly to supply enough air even for the disk sander they show in the picture. I think it would be a losing battle.

    Many air tools, especially from a popular cut-rate nautical importer, are drastically underrated on how much air they require. The use an unrealistic super-low duty-cycle when calculating the “average CFM”, so they can sell you a cheap compressor too. I had a 30-gallon CH oilless upright putting out 6-something CFM, and I had to trade-up to a 5-horse (REAL, not “peak”) 220-Volt oiled compressor just to keep up with my modest wrenching and banging.

    There is one truism when it comes to compressors: Horsepower be damned, you can never have enough CFM.

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