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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2002
As a full time contractor working alone I am always on the lookout for tools that will make the job go faster and easier. Last yearI spent many months researching a replacement for my ailing Campbell-Hausfeld oilless compressor. Originally I figured the CH had a higher air output, needed no oil changes,would work on slopes and start in cold weather. ...After forking over the big bucks and putting it to work for DeWalt's 30 Day trial period I couldn't believe I'd gone so long without this compressor. The unit has loads of features and advantages.
1) First of all the Emglo name on the unit reassured me that I was getting a tool built by the industry leader with a great reputation for tough, dependable compressors. The first day on the job proved it with quick cycling times and ample air at all times. The unit just purrs and runs smoothly.
2) Portability. I do a lot of work in luxury high rises and I've often left the compressor at home rather than drag it down endless corridors. This unit carries like a briefcase (a 60 pound one) with an ergonomic handle and good balance. The unit's flat design makes it easy to bungee tie to a light weight luggage carrier ...It can carry the whole unit with hoses and nail guns. I can't overemphasize how much easier this makes my job. I've paid for the compressor already in labor savings by bringing it to every trim job.
3) Eye candy. Let's face it, this is a sexy looking unit. I've had othe craftsmen come over and ogle the compressor and ask questions about it, but mostly admiring it. Customers have commented on it, how quiet it is and how professional it looks.I am percieved as a serious craftsman based on my setup (along with my Senco SFN-40)which is good for referrals.
In short, this is a serious tool for the professional contractor with loads of power(delivered air), durability, great design and looks. DeWalt took a classic, the Emglo 790, and improved the power output layout and design. My only complaint is the air release lever, an otherwise solid unit mounted on the underside of the tank. The opening is too narrow for your hand and the sharp stream of air can actually cut your skin. In addition the compressor shoots out small chunks of ICE from the tank creating dangerous projectiles that will cut your hand or riccochet into your eye. Don't know why it does that but just beware and open the valve SLOWLY.
Finally, I have a compressor that won't roll around in the back of the truck knocking off gauges and connections as I drive through the city. Hats off to DeWalt and Emglo for a match that combines legendary durability with great design.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
I am a general contractor building mostly new construction housing and I specialize in finish trim work. Someone decided they needed my trim compressor more then I did so I had to purchase another one. I must admit I was not to broken harted about it though because I have had my eye on Dewalt's new compressor now for some time. The sleek design, the way it protects its gauges, and its 2 quick conect air ports kept calling me every time I saw this compressor. I was not disapointed!! The unit is a little heavy for a portable compressor at over 60 lbs. especially at the end of the day, but it carries well with its handle and it does not slide around in the back of the truck. Inside a house a compressor's noise can seem to be greatly magnified but this unit seems almost quiet, it runs so smooth. I had a larger compressor for framing but this Dewalt compressor has done so well that I have sold my larger one and rely on just this one. It has a fast recovery time although in framing when more then 2 guns are being used it can get overworked a little. Most of the time it handles just fine. The unit really has no real flaws at all the air drain has a great little lever to drain the tank with, but it does blow out hard if you open it to quick and I am not convinced it drains all the condesation real well. I have found that you need to stand the unit up on its side for best draining results and open the vaulve slow. You should always try to use as little extension cord as possible and as heavy a one, at least 12 or better. There is a little black breaker on the compressor unit which can be a little dificult to locate and reset, it would be nice if on a newer version Dewalt would move it to the front with the gauges and quick connects. It has triped several time on us if we try and run too many things at a time such as a miter saw, table saw, and the compressor, but for normal use the draw of this compressor seems fine even on a 15amp breaker.
To sum it all up this is one really nice complete package compressor!! It is small enough for the little jobs yet tough enough for the more demanding jobs, within reason, remember it is only a 4 gallon, running at less the 15amp, compressor. With Dewalt and Emglo combine you will not go wrong buying this compressor, and unless you get a defective unit which happens with all products from time to time, you will have a compressor that should last a long time. Another great product from Dewalt thanks!! One last suggestion for Dewalt; (this unit is so great you might want to make an oiless version for people "like myself" who tend to be forgetful about stuff like, adding oil!!!)
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2003
Be realistic and really think about your needs in a compressor - because this one is meant for low-volume work.
Pros:
Very well built with great fit and finish of every component.
Portable, the heft is managable for most tradesmen.
Easily satisfies demand for 1 framing nailer or 2 smaller guns.
Controls and drain valve are positioned well and work perfectly.
Cons:
Too loud for use in a customer occupied home - OK for garage or outside.
Factory set pressure valve set to kick on compressor at 100psi and turn off at 120psi - which means that any fair amount of use will cause this sucker to go on-off-on-off-on-off almost constantly!
Bottom Line: DO NOT get this if you need a generous supply of air (for blow nozzles, production cabinetry, house framing, paint sprayers, etc..)
Go ahead and get one if you need a portable, professional quality, low-volume air supply (for continuous finish nailing or occasional large gun use)
This would be the perfect tool for a handyman who needs occassional yet reliable air from house to house.
I'd have given it 5 stars - but the factory sealed presets for powering on and off are way to close!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2002
I am a home builder up in Wisconsin and needed to buy a new air compressor a few months ago. I bought this Dewalt after reading countless positive reviews on this and other tool review sites. I immediately fell in love with the ergonomics of this compressor. It is easy to carry on and off the site which is always nice when you can't leave your tools set up over night. The frame is extremely sturdy and really protects the "weaker" parts that are usually exposed on other models (gauges, copper tubing, etc). So far I am pretty happy with this model. However, I have two issues that I would like to include in this review:
1. After less then one month of use, the black paint around the gauges actually began pealing off. I'm not talking about being scratched off, the paint is actually pealing off exposing the raw metal below. Rust will eventually set in I'm sure which doesn't make me too happy.
2. I sheeted a roof the other day with one other guy. Since there was only two of us, we simply tacked the sheets down and then waited until the end to completely nail the sheeting down. We had two paslode framing nailers going at once nailing 8 penny nails. This compressor couldn't quite keep up without both of us taking a quick break every minute or so. I guess I wouldn't expect it to keep up with two nailers nailing 8's, but I just want to make sure that people who are expecting it to are informed that it won't. You will have to step up to a bigger model for that. It has kept up with two roofing nailers quite easily though.
Overall, a nice unit that I see being a part of our crew for a long time. If it weren't for the paint issue, I would have given it 5 stars.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2001
Not much to say here other than I am a professional builder and am more than a little impressed by this new rig. It's more than powerful enough to run a framer all day, it's has a simple, easy design and most impressively it si the most easilly portable compressor for it's size I've ever toted up a flight of stairs.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Im very impressed with this new dewalt compressor.More than does the job running a framer all day long.The unit is also surprisingly quiet and runs very smooth.I love the two hose ports espesially for finish work! I keep my finish nailer hooked up on one and the brad nailer on the other,no more switching guns on and off hoses! I highly recommend this heavy duty,easy to carry compressor!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2002
This is a great compressor. It's quiet with plenty of power and the portability is great.. plus all the dials are in the right place with easy visibility... however there's the exception of one valve and a reset switch.. There's only an inch or so for clearance for the valve and I could only get to it with a screwdriver. Secondly, the reset switch is located too close to the cylinder housing and cooling system which are about as hot as the sun when the machine is running.. plus the switch itself is a little tiny.. certainly too small for the average construction guy with gorilla hands. I've one additional bad thing to say and that is that DeWalt could use some better paint to go with such a great looking compressor! there's already rust on my cylinder housing and I only purchased the unit a week ago! But overall, I would recommend it highly... namely because it's so dependable, powerful, innovative and the recovery time is great.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2001
After reading the reviews on Emglo compressors, I decided to get this DeWalt compressor because of the compact design. The design is great, very portable and solid feeling. I'm just a D-I-Y craftsman, remodeling around the house. I've used this, along with the P-C framer and finisher guns, and the DeWalt had no problem keeping up with either one, and I really pushed the framer when framing a 12 x 16 storage bldg. I highly recommend this compressor but I could not give 5 stars, not knowing how well it will hold up (although it is not a concern).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2002
I own a rental shop in minnesota and have one of these for rental, (I also have two other brands on hand that are newer). It goes out in the middle of winter with no starting problems. I'm going to buy 2 more because renters ask for them by name because they are quiet and run great. thanks.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Hassle free! I've owned one of these for about a year now and couldn't be more pleased with the purchase.
The biggest complaint I have about other compressors is the portability of them. This unit, although like most, heavy, is designed well for moving from site to site. The sleek design means that parts or not going to get stuck on a pant leg when you pick it up or bash into your kneecap. I have found it most helpful to actually pick up the unit by the handle and then kinda hug the unit, holding it close to the chest. This helps to center the weight to my body and I can then lug the compressor up several flights of stairs without passing out.
The main reason I bought this unit over cheaper compressors was the recommendation to the brand names of DeWalt and Emglo. I now see why others recommend the Dewalt and Emglo brand.
It's not uncommon for someone to come on the job site and drool over this unit. Kinda funny how a guy can fall in love so fast with power tools!
If you need a great unit, this is the one to get! Enjoy!
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