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DBRhino 11-16-2009 10:41 AM

Air compressors
Good morning everyone. I just wanted to say HI since I am new here. I have a few questions about air compressors. I am a do it yourselfer and like doing woodworking in my spare time. I have been a fan of Dewalt tools so thatís what I would like to stick with.
I am kind of looking at the Dewalt 0ne or two gallon compressors. Anyone have these?? I would mostly be using it for finish nailing and I want it to be able to run one framing nailer it doesnít have to run it perfect just be able to.

Now I am kind of stuck on finish nailers? I found a good deal on a Dewalt 18 gauge brad nailer but I donít really know what all that means?
Can someone help me out?

Thanks guys!
Have a great week!:)

Bob Mariani 11-16-2009 10:45 AM

A brad nailer is for installing trim. the larger size compressors can handle more production. (work faster) this comes to play in framing and roofing only. Floors and trim install slow enough that even a small compressor will do. The smaller compressor most likely will do fine for what you intend to use it for.

DBRhino 11-16-2009 12:38 PM

Most of what i would like to do is trim work, cabinets and the usual air up tires.
anyone else?

DBRhino 11-18-2009 11:06 AM

what do you guys think of the Dewalt D55141FNBN Finish Nailer, Brad Nailer, Compressor Combo
Its a 2 gallon compressor and 18 gauge brad and 16 gauge finish nailer

rocketdoctor 11-18-2009 05:12 PM

go for it Dewalt makes great tools, and the compressor seems compact which will be easy to transport and store. If you find you need more power out of your compressor you can always upgrade.

DBRhino 11-18-2009 05:58 PM

What would i use the nailers whats a brad nailer for? or whats the finish nailer for??
Thats what i am stuck on now

rocketdoctor 11-18-2009 07:05 PM

The finish nailers are generally used for trim work such as molding or nailing pretty much anything where you need a 1-2" nail (I have used up 2.5" inches in my porter cable). The Brad nailer is good for really small nail jobs (pinning) for example I just used it to pin thin molding strips with 1/2" nails to threshold that was too small for my finish nailer. this compressor probably can run a framing nailer at a low rate of fire.

DBRhino 11-19-2009 11:23 AM

anyone else?

brokenknee 11-19-2009 06:43 PM

I use a brad nail er when shooting the trim into the frame around doors and windows and when I "pin" the corners together. The larger finish nails occasionally "blows" the wood out. If you do a lot of finish work you will want both. They both have their specific jobs to do.

DBRhino 11-19-2009 09:20 PM

thanks brokenknee
YA really its just for me trying to figure out what thoses specific jobs are

Thurman 11-20-2009 04:04 PM

Bob's on the same line as I am thinking: It doesn't matter what brand of compressor you buy, although quality brand names may be better, but you need to consider the CFM output of a compressor and the rated PSI at a given CFM. In other words, you need to figure out how much air, in PSI/CFM you will need in a given amount of time. Some of those small package units will operate a brad nailer, like ever 30 seconds or so, some units will operate 5-6 framing nailers as fast as the operators can nail. Do your homework and get the unit you need, and not just want. David

DBRhino 11-30-2009 09:45 PM

Does anyone have the Dewalt D55146 compressor
It is a 200 psi 4.5 gal. 1.8hp
and 5.2 scfm @ 90 psi(whats that all mean)

47_47 12-01-2009 10:31 AM


Originally Posted by DBRhino (Post 359631)
It is a 200 psi 4.5 gal. 1.8hp
and 5.2 scfm @ 90 psi(whats that all mean)

200 psi maximum tank pressure, volume of tank is 4.5 gallons. The compressor is able to provide 5.2 cubic feet of air per minute @ 90 psi.

The compessor is designed to operate several nailers at the same time or one air wrench in short bursts. If you want to operate pneumatic mechanics tools, look for one with a scfm around 8 @ 90 psi. IMO this compressor is overkill for nailers and airing up tires.

Steer clear of the coiled plastic hoses and replace it with one made of rubber.

rocketdoctor 12-01-2009 10:37 AM

get to it
come on go out and by the compressor and start nailin!:)

DBRhino 12-01-2009 12:15 PM

thanks 4747

My local lumberyard is having a Tool dead or alive trade in any tool brand(they sell dewalt) they are giving $100 gift cards for table saws(which then you spend the gift card there on dewalt tools) SO anyway i picked up a old craftsmen table saw for $20 and i took it in and they will give me $100 so i made some money now i am looking at compressors.
oh ya the trade in day is dec. 10

SO thats why i am looking at the D55146 compressor

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