Battery technology has come a long way over the years. What we once thought was impossible is now possible with Lithium-Ion batteries. Power tool manufacturers are designing and producing stronger, faster and more efficient cordless tools. We no longer need to be tied to an outlet. One of these power tools that has been cutting the cord is compressors. We are now starting to see cordless compressors. We first saw it with the Ridgid cordless compressor and now we see it with the DEWALT compressor. So sit back and check out our Dewalt 60v compressor Review.
Dewalt 60v compressor Review Overview
DEWALT invested heavy into their Flexvolt line of tools which is a 60V battery but will also power their 20V tools. So those high demand tools, the Flexvolt steps up and runs 60V to give you the power you need.
The advantage of this is you can now run a compressor for extended periods of time. Having a cordless compressor is awesome. It means you are not tied to any outlet. You might be asking yourself why do I really need a cordless compressor when I can get a cordless nailer?
For some people, they still don’t like the way cordless nailers perform. They still want the power and consistency of a pneumatic nailer. However, there are still plenty of people out there who haven’t invested into a cordless nailer and still use their pneumatic nailer. Another reason you might want a cordless compressor is you can carry the tank around and fill up your tires. Without getting into too much depth, I think you understand the need for a cordless compressor.
DEWALT Flexvolt Compressor Review Features
DEWALT built the Flexvolt brushless compressor around a 2.5-gallon steel tank. You should get about 1,200 nails per charge but again that depends on the size of the nails and the wood you are firing into. The unit uses an oil-free pump for a no-maintenance solution. The unit weighs in at about 21 lbs.
The front of the compressor has a very nice layout and is easy to read and operate.
The pressure gauge is easy to read and the needle doesn’t jump around when the compressor is running. The max PSI is 135. The unit puts out 1.2 SCFM @ 90.
On the right side, you can regulate the pressure. While most compressors use a needle and turn valve to adjust the pressure, Dewalt uses a knob. Just turn the knob to the desired position and you are all set.
The safety release valve is located on the left side of the compressor.
The unit has one coupler which is located on the right side of the compressor.
There is a sealed on/off switch located towards the top of the compressor.
DEWALT uses a ball drain valve to drain the tank when not in use. This is located on the bottom side of the tank.
On the bottom of the compressor, there are four rubber feet. Not only do the rubber feet protect the surface, but they also keep it in place when the tank is filling and you don’t have to worry about the compressor moving around.
The size of the unit makes it easy to carry around. Plus with it only weighing 21 lbs, it’s another reason to love this compressor.1 of 2
To fill the compressor it takes a little over 2 minutes to get the tank pressure up to 135 psi.
DEWALT indicated the noise level is 79 dB which isn’t bad for a compressor. For me, it’s a little loud but maybe that’s because I am used to a Rolair compressor and those are extremely quiet. However, they are not cordless.
I love the regulator knob. I am so used to having to turn a valve and waiting to see what the needle stops at. With the DEWALT, just turn it and forget it. Pretty cool.
DEWALT Flexvolt Compressor Review Value
For about $300 at The Home Depot, you get this compressor, a Flexvolt battery, and charger. This really isn’t a bad deal. I think anyone looking for a cordless solution that offers plenty of power and run time would agree that this is a great price point.
DEWALT Flexvolt Compressor Review Final Thoughts
I don’t get to use much of the Flexvolt but the items I have used, I have been impressed with. I love how DEWALT is really trying to make a cordless jobsite. The Flexvolt miter saw and table saw have been huge winners and the Flexvolt compressor is just another addition to this lineup.
Before You Shop
Don’t feel like you need to buy everything at once. Invest in a few essential tools or a basic set, and then purchase additional tools as you need them for projects.
Think about how often you will use your tools when deciding what quality to purchase. For example, if you only need to pound in the occasional nail, a cost-effective hammer will meet your needs while leaving room in your budget to purchase other tools. However, if you know that a big home renovation project is in your future, consider investing in something more durable.
If you’re looking for an easy and economical way to stock your tool box without the hassle of buying all the components separately, consider purchasing a tool set. These sets contain the most essential tools and often include a convenient storage case.
A durable claw hammer is useful for a variety of different projects. The head is used to drive nails, while the claw back can be used to pull them out. These hammers are available in a variety of sizes. A 16-ounce claw hammer is the right size for many household tasks while a 7- to 8-ounce claw hammer is best for work in small, confined areas.
Your toolbox should include two different types of screwdrivers: a Philips-head screwdriver and a flat-head screwdriver. A Philips-head screwdriver features two blades in the shape of a cross, while a flat-head screwdriver has one flat blade. Certain screw heads are designed to work with Philips-head screwdrivers, while others are designed for flat-head screwdrivers, so it’s good to have both options in your toolbox. You should also have them in several different sizes for different jobs.
A set of pliers is a versatile tool that can be used for a variety of tasks. A standard set of adjustable pliers can be used for gripping and adjusting nuts and bolts. A set of long-nose pliers is also a useful tool to have. The long nose allows you to grip small items and reach awkward places. A standard 5-10W size set of pliers will work for most household tasks.
Getting accurate measurements is important for any project. A tape measure can be used to measure windows, furniture, lumber, pipe, and much more. Most tape measures are spring loaded, so the tape will retract after you release it. They are available in several different sizes, but a 3/4″ wide by 16′ long tape measure can be used for most household tasks.
A level is used to determine if a surface is straight. Torpedo levels feature a glass tube filled with liquid. A bubble is formed inside the liquid and will appear in the center of the tube if the surface is level.
Laser levels are also available. These levels use a laser to project a straight line, making them especially useful for hanging pictures and shelves or mounting TVs.
There are several types of wrenches that you should have in your toolbox. A socket wrench can be used to quickly tighten or loosen bolts. Most socket wrenches have a 90° handle. Another type of wrench that should be included in your tool box is an adjustable wrench. In addition to tightening or loosening bolts, an adjustable wrench can be used for a variety of plumbing tasks. This wrench features an adjustable jaw, so it can fit a variety of different fastener sizes.
A utility knife allows you to cut through a variety of objects, including corrugated cardboard and other packaging materials. Consider purchasing a replacement blade pack so you never have to attempt cuts with a dull knife.
Including a headlamp in your tool box can help you work in situations without a lot of light. Whether the power’s gone out or you’re working in a naturally dark space, having a headlamp allows you to keep your hands free and your workspace illuminated.
Not only do cordless drills provide you with additional strength to drive screws, but they also allow you freedom of movement without being limited by an electrical cord, allowing you to take your cordless drill virtually anywhere! Cordless drills can be used to drive screws and drill holes. They can also be used for a variety of tasks with drywall and concrete.
Having the proper personal protective equipment will help keep you safe during any task. You can protect your eyes and face from flying debris with eye and face protection like safety glasses or safety goggles. Work gloves can keep your hands safe and protected during tough jobs.
As your tool collection grows, investing in storage can help you stay organized. Having a tool bag or tool box is a great way to keep your tools readily available and easily accessible in one place. Check out our tool storage buying guide to learn more about the different options available.