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Update - make that 4 stars: Good machine, but some packaging and assembly issues
on November 22, 2005
Overall positive comments here and price led me to purchase the D55155. To my dissatisfaction, it arrived with a broken air filter and some loose items rolling around in the air tank. No, it wasn't the air filter parts, it was something metalic actually inside the closed tank! Amazon referred me to DeWalt who referred me to my local service center. DeWalt was nice enough to agree to send a replacement filter, but I returned the unit to Amazon because of the loose items in the tank.
Thanks to Amazon's incredibly fast and hassle-free process for returns, I had my replacement compressor less than a week later. Unfortunately, it too had a broken air filter. I think it's a design issue with the end of the filter rather close to the manifold - sharp jolts such as dropping the box could lead to contact. But since everything else was fine, I bought a filter locally (DeWalt's replacement has yet to arrive) for $10 and kept the compressor. Another surprise with the second shipment was the inclusion of oil, a dipstick, instructions to add oil, and a product manual. This was not in the first shipment and is REQUIRED before starting the unit which is something that as a first-time compressor buyer, I would not have known to do. Would have assumed it would ship with the oil in it.
Of course the point of all this is to let you the prospective buyer know that there could be a few headaches involved with getting this machine. An earlier poster cited the recent transfer of this fabrication to Mexico. That kind of transition can lead to inconsistencies in fabrication and packaging like I have experienced, but I'm hopeful that the core design and construction of the pump and tank is solid and I like the way the machine works so I'm keeping it.
I recommend this machine but please check over your unit carefully when it arrives and call DeWalt's parts center to get a free replacement filter if that's all you find wrong.
July 28, 2008 update: I received the replacement filter from the manufacturer shortly after this post (thanks DeWalt) and I'm happy to report that the compressor has served me very well ever since. Though my limited use of this compressor (<10 hrs) to power air nailers during my two years of ownership may not qualify as rigorous to you, I will say that it has lived through two winters in my unheated Minnesota garage and works as well today as the day I bought it. I'm very pleased with this DeWalt compressor.
I couldn't seem to change my star rating on this post but please consider my rating 4 STARS for this tool.