DeWalt's D55141FNBN Air Compressor Nailer Kit Solid but Slightly Underpowered
posted on June 1, 2011 by Bill Hylton
DeWALT D55141FNBN Air Compressor Nailer Kit DeWalt's D55141FNBN Air Compressor Nailer Kit doesn't offer incredible power, but it's a useful, durable kit for most any shop.

DeWALT has a solid tradesman reputation, and this package lived up to that rep. The one I tried includes a two-gallon compressor, 25' PVC hose, a brad nailer and a finish nailer. DeWALT markets a second package, which I haven’t even seen, that mates a one-gallon compressor with a brad nailer. Its price puts this package in the middle of three others with six-gallon compressors. Despite having the lowest horsepower rating and the smallest tank of the four “high-end” packages I tried, the DeWALT’s pressure maximum of 150 PSI and airflow rating of 2 CFM at 90 PSI make it fully competitive.

Design-wise, the DeWALT compressor looks no-nonsense, with its sturdy chassis, stout tank and upfront controls, and its embossed step-plate-looking top. The immediate disconnect between image and reality is the “No Step” label on that step-plate-looking top. Why not beef it up and have it be a step? A second disconnect is the hidden power switch. It’s black, mounted in the back, beneath that black no-step top, on the black motor shroud.

The pair of nailers in the package — you will certainly stash them in the soft carrying bag that’s included — are quite fine. Both tools feature soft-tipped safeties, tool-free jam-clearing, and on-board depth-of-drive adjustment. The triggers have a “lock-off,” which you twist to the right to lock the trigger, thus preventing the tool from firing. The tool weights — just under 2-1⁄2 lbs. for the brad nailer and under 4 lbs. for the finish nailer — are comfortable. Because the compressor has two couplers, you can (provided you have or buy a second hose) connect both nailers for a trim-out job, using the brad nailer to fasten casing to jamb edges, the finish nailer to secure it to the wall studs.

The one reservation I have is that the brad nailer is limited to fasteners 1-1⁄4" or less. The presumption, I suppose, is that once you use fasteners longer than 1", you’ll want to switch to the heavier gauge. That’s a choice I’d want to make for myself.

posted on June 1, 2011 by Bill Hylton
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