DeWalt DWFP55130 Review – Take a Closer Look At The Quiet Trim Compressor

DEWALT DWFP55130 Heavy Duty 200 PSI Quiet Trim Compressor

If you are looking for a a compact trim compressor that offers low noise output, the DeWalt DWFP55130 is the product to consider. Made by one of the world’s leading manufacturers of power tools, it has a number of strongholds to offer over other competing products in the market. Let us take a look at the oil free air compressor in more detail.

The DeWalt DWFP55130 is advertised to offer low noise level of 71.5 dB (Tested per ISO 3744) and based on the customer feedback, it is not just a marketing ploy. It certainly is not a totally-silent compressor. The sound can still be heard. That being said, many customers have keenly expressed their appreciation for the low noise emission of this oil-less system. Two reviewers in particular have argued that he can talk over it in a normal tone of voice.

Another impressive aspect of the air compressor is its max pressure rating. The DWFP55130 is rated at 200 PSI Max. Consumer-grade compressors usually have a maximum rating of 135-150 PSI. The most significant benefit of a higher rating is a greater volume of stored air. In other words, you have more usable air in the tank for longer tool runtimes. The motor starts automatically when the air tank pressure drops below 165 PSI and stops when the air tank pressure reaches 200 PSI.

Most air tools require 90 PSI. Compressor outlet pressure can be regulated by turning the regulator knob clockwise or counterclockwise. The regulated pressure rating is approximately 3-150 PSI. A regulated pressure gauge indicates the air pressure available at the outlet side of the regulator. There are two quick connect couplers (1/4″ industrial) that allow the use of two tools at the same time.

This unit runs on 110-120V standard household voltage between that makes it ideal for indoor tasks. Equipped with a low 12 amp draw motor, the minimum branch circuit requirement is 15A. The machine is fitted with a 2.5 gallon tank. Compressors with 2-3 gallon tank are the most popular size for home use since they are easily portable but still generate enough pressure to do more than blow up inflatable items. There is a pressure gauge that indicates the reserve air pressure in the tank.

When shopping for an air compressor, SCFM is a very important aspects to consider. It is the rate of how much air a unit can produce per minute. The DWFP55130 offers 3.0 SCFM at 90 PSI (Tested per ISO 1217) that allows for quick compressor recovery time. Air output at 40 PSI is 4 SCFM. The pump up time to fill the tank from 0 PSI to cut out pressure (200 psi) is around a minute and a half. According to the manual, the pump is capable of running continuously although it is recommended to maintain a 50% average duty cycle to prolong the life ot the compressor. The pump should not run more than 5 minutes in any 10 minute period.

A number of safety features are also provided. There is safety valve that will pop out and relief pressure inside the tank when the compressor does not shut off at its cut-out pressure setting. To prevent the motor from being overheated, this unit is equipped with a thermal overload protector. It will automatically cut power to the motor in the event the internal operating temperature rises above a safe level. This compressor also contains a cooling fan for supplying forced air to the motor.

When it comes to maintenance, it is recommended to drain condensation daily or at the end of each use. Located at the base of the tank is a drain valve that enables you to easily drain water from the tank. The safety valve must also be checked before each use. Oilless air compressors are noy ‘maintenance free’. However, the simple construction, makes them easier to maintain in comparison to oil-lubricated units.

If you search the reviews of the DeWalt DWFP55130 then you will see that most of the customer feedback for the 1.1 HP compressor has been very positive. As of this writing, it commands a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. It is clear that this is one of the best oil free compressors on the market.

In terms of performance, you should not expect it will keep up with a professional framer. If you are going to do a big job it probably is not the right model for you. But it certainly does fine with light framing. Those who are currently using this machine love how quickly the tank fills up. Since it holds up to 200 PSI, it does not refill as often as many similar units out there.

The low noise output, as mentioned before, has made a positive impression upon the reviewers. This makes it perfect for interior work. If one of your primary concerns is noise then based on the customer feedback you will be happy with this product.

Many reviewers have also been impressed with design and the build quality of this compressor. The lightweight (36 lbs) and compact design (12.5″ Height x 20.5″ Length x 16.75″ Width) make it easy to carry and store. Compare this with the Makita MAC700 that weighs 52 lbs. Best of all, it can be operated or stored in either the vertical or horizontal position. The roll cage maximizes protection and and provides a convenient way of gripping it for moving around.

The DeWalt DWFP55130 is not an all-purpose air compressor. If what you need is a compressor that will work for tools that require constant airflow such as paint guns or pneumatic sanders, then consider investing in an alternative product featured on this website. But have a need for a well constructed, relatively quiet oil free compressor that offers enough power for staplers and light nailers, then it deserves serious consideration.


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